Day 21 - morning
Day 14 - Northern Experience Tour
35 Celsius, blue sunny sky
Getting up early was something I'd quickly gotten accustomed to on my "Northern Experience Safari Tour" and this morning wasn’t any different.
Around 5:00am, I was up and running in preparation of our early hour departure from this resort. Being wide awake, it was tempting not to go to the waterhole for one last visit but this idea was quickly brushed aside mainly because it was too far away!
After a healthy breakfast, by 6:30am we boarded Mhondoro and waited patiently at the front gates for security personnel to open them up. The day announced itself quite nicely with a beautiful sunrise appearing in between trees.
We were off for another day of game drives inside this humongous Etosha National Park while heading to our next and final resort! Having seen and enjoyed these last two, I was anxious to see this third one. As they say “the best one is always kept for last”, I couldn’t wait to see if this old saying held true to its words!
Lucky us! Today was our turn to sit on the left side of Mhondoro, one behind the other. Yay! I was thrilled because it meant having excellent views on both sides of the vehicle for photo opportunities!
First stop of the morning was at a waterhole where we saw spotted hyenas looking quite fierce and dangerous as they waited for the lion to finish eating his kill. The scenes were amazing with shades of sunlight reflecting on the water’s surface.
Many species of birds were seen along the way but the one I liked the most was the Red-billed hornbill. He stood still on a tree branch for several minutes allowing me to take a few pictures. With his long orange beak and colorful feathers, in a way he looked almost like a parrot.
You might be thinking that I’m getting quite good with all of these bird and animal names but actually I do have to confide in you about something! Last night at the resort’s gift shop, I bought a brochure with illustrated animal and bird identification found mainly in this National Park and in the rest of the country! I can now put names to these sightings! So now you know! Hehehe! Margaret, aren’t you proud of me!
During our game drive, more giraffes were seen as well as impalas running wildly in the open land. Nature had a way in appearing so peaceful and amazing and I was witnessing it now. It was breathtaking.
We travelled along Etosha’s Pan which provided us with spectacular optical illusions. Animals roamed close by adding beauty to the landscape.
Time went by fast and without realizing it, we’ve arrived at our next Resort for the night; we were at the Namutoni – Namibia Wildlife Resorts! It was 11:30am, five hours later!Monique :-)