. OnHiatus.com > Journal 1 > Day Index > Journal Entry: March 5, 1999

Friday, March 5, 1999
Otavi to Namutoni, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Namibia's Flag

Map
Namutoni, Etosha National Park, Namibia:
Latitude: 18° 48' 20" South
Longitude: 16° 56' 33" East
Altitude: 3302 feet
From Seattle: 10614 miles
Lodging: Camp - Namutoni Campground

Map
Today's Travel:
Country: Namibia
Regions: Otjozonjupa, Oshikoto, Kunene
Route: Road: B1, D328
Start: Otavi
Stop 1. Lake Otjikoto
End:Namutoni, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Linear:87 miles
Weather: Sunny / Partial Sun / Rain

Available Photos:

Lake Lake Otjikoto, Namibia

Old pump station Lake Otjikoto, Namibia

Zebra with baby Near Namutoni, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Impalas and baby zebra Near Namutoni, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Zebras with baby Near Namutoni, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Baby zebra Near Namutoni, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Baby zebra Near Namutoni, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Wildebeests Near Namutoni, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Giraffe and reflection Chudob Water Hole, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Wildebeest, impala, and giraffes Chudob Water Hole, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Giraffes drinking Chudob Water Hole, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Zebras drinking Chudob Water Hole, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Giraffe and zebras drinking Chudob Water Hole, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Bat eared foxes Chudob Water Hole, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Zebras in evening light Chudob Water Hole, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Giraffes Chudob Water Hole, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Approaching rain Chudob Water Hole, Etosha National Park, Namibia

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

Click on map to Zoom in...
Map
Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 694
Linear Dist: 137922
Countries Visited: 50
Regions Visited: 192
More stats...
Hotels: 199
Friends / Family: 158
Camping: 85
Hostels: 190
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2639
Hide...

Journal Entry:
Not too exciting of a drive. Had lunch and had a sad departure from Kim and Angie in Tsumeb.

Just outside of Tsumeb stopped at Lake Otjikoto. It was beautiful, but a bit disappointing - very touristy and smaller than I expected. Basically it's a deep hole filled most of the way with water - looks a bit like a small Crater Lake. It was peaceful but very hot.

Got to Etosha early evening - a day earlier than planned. We decided to try and go in instead of camping somewhere outside. Within a 1000 yards of the gate we saw our first giraffe! It was very surreal. Saw lots more giraffes. Got to our camp at 5:30 and decided it was the perfect time to go for a game drive - so off we went.

We drove for about half an hour and saw lots of zebra - some with babies. Lots of giraffes and wildebeest, and even a buffalo (our first of the big five). Eventually ended up at Chudob water hole and spent nearly an hour an a half watching the show - only left because we had to be back in camp by 7:30. At the water hole we saw an amazing selection of Giraffe, Zebra, Impala, Gemsbok (Oryx), Wildebeest, Springbok, Ostrich, Bat Eared Fox, and Side-striped Jackal all interacting!

Back at camp we decided to cook when we found out how expensive the restaurant was. Had a great pasta with smoked ostrich meat and Amurula for desert. Right after diner it started to dump rain - but it only lasted as long as it took us to set up the tents.


Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Namibia
CIA World Fact Book: Namibia

Paging: [⇚ Mar 4] | [Mar 6 ⇛] OnHiatus.com > Journal 1 > Day Index > Journal Entry: March 5, 1999