During the 15th day of our trip we pass trough the main gate, the "Andersson gate" in the south to
visit the Etosha national park for the next 3 days. Even at the first waterhole "Ombika" of left hand we
could observe zebras, different antelope's kinds and an elephant. Few minutes later back on the main street
a herd of male elephants crossed the way.
It various guides you can read, in Etosha one does not look for the game, as example in the Krüger National Park
(Southafrica), one expect the coming of it. At mostly this is right, because the park is especially in the
dryness extremely sun-baked and the game must come to see the waterholes for drinking. Indeed, normally you
are in the park on trip from sunrise to sundown and how long everybody endure the waiting at every waterhole
with the heat in the car, is depend from the personal patience.
Our patients was limited mostly to approx. 15 minutes, afterwards we went on to the next water hole and inspite
of our "impatiens" we have seen a lot during the 3 days.
Another advisable water hole close to Okaukuejo is the water hole "Okondeka". It 's situated directly at the
border of the salt pan, a lot of animals coming to drink in the afternoon, also lions are often sighted. The
water hole is relatively far away from the view point, so that it is not suitable to shoot photos. Therefor
the big crowd of different animals in the afternoon light before the background of the salt pan, gave an
impression of a picture from the paradise.
About 20 - 30 minute far away from "Okondeka" there is the so-called Sprookieswoud (fairy-tale forest).
Concerning the spookieswoud it's a matter of a collection of the plant Moringa ovalifolia, which is very
noticeable as a result of their bottle shaped swollen trunks. The drive to the Sprookieswoud offered with
exception of a giraffe group only few animal observations. Indeed, photographically and botanical interested
people should not pass up this excursion.
The most important and interesting places for animal observations near Okaukuejo were both named water holes
as well as the water hole directly in the camp. This is illuminated after sundown by floodlight and
attractive for a lot of animals, like elephant's herd and Black Rhinoceros. The crowd of different animals
in the orange light generate a quite special ambience.