Lets all have a drink at the watering hole...

Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
Trip End May 01, 2013

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Up at 5.30am - why, oh why?! (we consider it very important that you know what time we get up, what we have for meals, and how many glasses of wine are consumed…).

We packed up our stuff and hit the road to Etosha National Park - salt pans and lots of bobble headed Guinea Fowls, much to Vikki's delight!

We stopped off for an ice-cream and fought off the desire to buy a couple of cold beers (which were cheaper than the water!). We eventually stopped for lunch having seen not a great deal of wildlife and as we were waiting to leave we got onto the subject of tattoos. Someone asked what Anand had tattooed on his upper arm and he replied that it meant 'Strength' in Hindi - at this point Vikki burst out a loud laugh followed by 'Really?!' (double exclamation mark!) - noticing the hurt look on Anand's face she realised that he hadn't been joking...Oooops! Awkward!

Meanwhile, Jo and Tom were having a disagreement about the number of slices of pre-packed chicken roll she could have.

Vikki reminded herself to locate the binoculars before we go on the Chobe Safari - Paula reminded Vikki that we had already been on the Chobe Safari...

Arriving at Halali Lodge we were overjoyed to find an unexpected swimming pool and bar area and no sooner did we arrive than the calm was destroyed by 22 overlanders bombing into the pool and letting out yelps of happiness over an ice cold beer!

Around 6pm we went to the floodlit watering hole with a 5 litre bladder of wine and watched in silence as various animals emerged from the undergrowth to have their own drink unaware of our presence - Gazelle, Black faced Impala, Dik dik, lots of bird species and, as dusk fell, first one rhino, then a second! The black rhino's are rare but here were two mooching out from the bush and taking a drink as the sun went down - amazing!

Just as they had settled in an elephant came crashing through the scrub at the same time as a mother and baby rhino came to drink - Paula had made a little wish for this to happen only moments before so we considered ourselves very lucky indeed! There was a brief stand-off, which the young bull elephant won but once he had finished drinking the mother and baby returned and we saw how protective she was of her little rhino.

We, too, finished our drinks and went back to camp for a late dinner and bed to reflect on a breath-taking sunset and an amazing experience at the watering hole.
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Sue on

Did you return to camp with 5 litre bladders of wine?!

The animals are so cute and the sunset looks fantastic!

annewardell on

I WANT a baby rhino!!! The place looks magical - and probably even more so after 5 ltrs of wine!!

Hope that the guy with the Hindi tattoo is now speaking to Vikki again!! Love Mum xx

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