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Okaukuejo

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.

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