Elephants everywhere!

Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
Trip End Jul 17, 2013

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What I did
Etosha National Park

Flag of Namibia  ,
Sunday, June 23, 2013

Hardly slept last night. Even with layers and a sleeping
bag, the cold was unbearable. I have also learned that my left knee (in the
area it used to lock up) gets incredibly painful in the cold. Didn’t hear any jackals
last night though.
Woke up to my alarm and a lion roaring in the direction of the waterhole. Got ready, which consisted of redoing my hair and putting contacts in, and walked to the waterhole. To my disappointment, nothing was there.We headed off for our morning safari. We saw tons more springbok, giraffe, and then a huge bull elephant a ways from the road. It was so incredible. 

We continued on. George said that we would be most likely to see lions as there are more than 250 in the park, cheetahs and leopards were highly unlikely (less than 2% chance). Not long into our safari, we saw three cheetahs. It is sure one of the most amazing things. Seeing the cheetahs at N/a’an Ku Se is amazing enough, but seeing them in the wild is an entirely different story. All three were so skinny, which George explained is because it is winter (the dry season) and looked so young. Tailing them was a jackal. We continued on and saw the same bull elephant on the other side. We found zebra and more of the deer-like animals.We returned to the campsite for breakfast, which was absolutely fantastic: scrambled eggs, bacon, baked beans, a peanut butter and jelly on toast, and everything else you can think of. I was one happy girl.
Then, we packed up camp and went out for a full day of safari.

 There is so much to write about, but I think the pictures
will do more justice than my babbling, so I’ll just mention the highlights.

We saw several elephants. One was so close to the vehicle
that I even got a decent picture with it. We saw a baby elephant with a few
older elephants and we watched it for a good 20 minutes. The poor thing had
what we assumed to be an itch on its trunk, and we watched it roll around on
the ground trying to scratch itself. I got the cutest pictures of the thing. We
also saw a young giraffe. The adults are comical when they run, but the baby is
even funnier running. We witnessed three lions lie by a watering hole and
observe springbok and wildebeest, but unfortunately we didn’t get to see a
kill.  Also, we saw three black rhino toward the end of our journey today... One was even a baby! It was so incredible. To have the opportunity to look at these animals that are so rare is indescribable. We watched the rhinos and elephants for ages.

I know this is a short entry, but I'm going to be off to bed. I will let the pictures and videos do all of the talking. Goodnight world!



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