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Namutoni

At the 3rd day we left this area, because the "yield" in observation wild animals was to low there and drove towards Namutoni. The vegetation became a little bit less and more animals appeared in the "visible area". Around Namutoni there are diverse interesting drives of different length. Along the drive or nearby of it, we saw different species of antelope's, among other things some Damara Dik-Dik's, Giraffes, Zebras and Elephants. The drive around the Fishers Pan is also very interesting. During the rainy season the pan fills with water and countless flamingos and pelicans appear in the shallow water. Because we were in the dryness on the way, we could visit only the scenery and a few Warthog.

The place around "Sprinbokfontein" is also very attractive. Here the white, dusty pan extend far in the country. Many antelope's as well as zebras stay here and one can observe them and their movements into the pan in the evening (Here they are more safe from predators.) or from the pan back to the country in the early morning.

The best animal observation place close to Namutoni is "Kalkheuwel". Kalkheuwel is a small artificial water hole. One can see the animals very near and accordingly it is easy to shoot good photos. Around the water hole was a gigantic herd of Zebras, Elephants, Kudus, Giraffes, Impalas and Springbok an all stood almost crowded together. In addition to the animals mentioned already, one could observe here the relatively rare Eland. It is worthwhile to visit this water hole more than one time at the day. It always a little bit action. Also predatory felines can be observed occasionally.


Comparison Etosha national park - Krüger Park (South Africa)
It is doubtful, whether one can compare both national parks generally with each other, because they are very different concerning extent, vegetation and animal population. What concerns the possibilities for animal observation, I would like to try it. After my opinion the landscape in Etosha national park is in compare to Krüger park in the long run, a little bit monotonously, so that the attention is altogether directed towards on the wildlife. If during the coures of the day no animals show one's face, it can become a little bit boring.

The substantially greater Krüger park is characterised by a wide variety in scenery and vegetation. There are, e.g. river valleys, alluvial sand areas and some hills. Therefore the Krüger Park is not only very attractive due to the wildlife, but also because of the beautiful landscape. As a result of this huge number in diverse habitats, you find in the park a lot of different animal species. Indeed, one does not see the big animal herds at one place, but there are everywhere something new to discover.

After 3 days in the Krüger park one has only seen a part of the whole park. If one has enough time to stay in Southafrica, 5 to 6 days are certainly an adequate time. In the Etosha national park 3 days are enought to visit all interesting places. (Anyway, these should be the least, because of the long distances to drive.)

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Etosha, Namutoni

Giraffes

Etosha, Namutoni

Waterhole Kalkheuwel

Etosha, Namutoni

Fort Namutoni

Etosha, Namutoni