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Sunday, March 7, 1999
Halali, Etosha National Park to Outside Ombalantu, Namibia
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Outside Ombalantu, Namibia:
Latitude: 17° 32' 56" South
Longitude: 15° 3' 40" East
Altitude: 3770 feet
From Seattle: 10434 miles
Lodging: Friend / Family - Kim and Angie

Today's Travel:
Country: Namibia
Regions: Kunene, Oshikoto, Oshana, Omusati
Start: Halali, Etosha National Park
Stop 1. Rietfontein, Etosha National Park
Stop 2. Aus, Etosha National Park
Stop 3. Olifants Bad, Etosha National Park
Stop 4. Namutoni, Etosha National Park
End:Outside Ombalantu, Namibia
Linear:249 miles
Weather: Mostly Sunny / Rain

Available Photos:

Sitatunga drinking Helio, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Moon Helio, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Cheetah Etosha National Park, Namibia

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

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 696
Linear Dist: 138162
Countries Visited: 50
Regions Visited: 194
More stats...
Hotels: 199
Friends / Family: 159
Camping: 86
Hostels: 190
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2649

Journal Entry:
Got up early to watch the sunrise and view game at the Helio water hole. It was disappointing again, but at least it wasn't as bad as last night (for one there were only about two dozen others this morning - but we only saw one sitatunga). After returning from the water hole we broke camp and headed out into the park.

Right away we stopped to watch a mongoose and we were debating whether to take a picture or not. Finally we decided to then when we got the cameras out Dean says "Hey look cheetahs!&qote; - and there were two cheetahs running across the Savannah maybe 200 yards away. There is no way we would have been able to get photos in time if we hadn't been getting ready to shoot the mongoose!

The next couple waterholes, Rietfontein and Aus (where lions had been sited yesterday), were a bit of a disappointment - no animals and just a few birds. It occurs to me how quickly I've been desensitized - there are still zebras, giraffe, wildebeest and tons of different antelope species, all amazing the day before yesterday, but now I'm disappointed.

Our final stop in the park was at Olifants Bad and there were about 20 elephants! It was a lot of fun to just sit and watch the young play and the others spray water around. Also present were lots of warthogs and several giraffes. As we were getting ready to leave a giant male approached from the other side of the road and wandered through the cars to get to the hole. It was obvious that he didn't belong to the group and it looked like there was going to be trouble - lots of advancing and retreating on both sides. But it never advanced past false charges.

The next two hours were spent driving out of the park, and the four hours after that in getting to Angie and Kim's. About the only excitement is when men with AK machine guns closed down the road for about 30 minutes for a convoy of Chevy blazers with tinted glass (the Secret Service would have been right at home). The girls place (DAPP school compound) is very nice - the only place we've seen since nightfall with electricity - and satellite TV. Latrine toilets though...

Hang out until very late with Angie, Kim, and their co-workers talking and watching the lightning.

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

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