We will concentrate on the wildlife of Namibia by spending 7 nights in Etosha National Park.
To experience Etosha at its finest we will stay inside the park giving us the opportunity of early morning photographic safaris when the light is at its best and the carnivore activity at its peak. At night the camps’ floodlit waterholes give an added dimension to the trip with excellent chances to see large herds of elephants as they come to drink as well as black rhino and other nocturnal species.
Our days will be flexible depending upon the wildlife but we will endeavour to leave by dawn each day to get the most out of the first light and then leave again for a few hours before sunset. However, if sightings are good we will stay out as long as is necessary to ensure we maximise our photographic opportunities. We will have a fridge on board for cold drinks and nibbles to hand at all times.
The Okaukuejo area is known for its open plains and wide vistas where vast herds of herbivores trek endlessly to the camp’s floodlit waterhole followed by the ever-present carnivores looking for their next meal.
The Okondeka waterhole on the pan’s edge is often frequented by one of the largest lion prides in the area and to the east of the camp are three further productive waterholes known for elephants, lion, leopard, spotted and brown hyena, zebra, gemsbok, springbok, wildebeest, ostrich and occasionally aardwolf. The open plains are also good for the larger birds of prey such as vultures, several eagle species and peregrine falcons.
The Halali area in central Etosha has both Mopani woodland and dry savannah that rolls down to the very edge of the giant salt pan. The floodlit waterhole is a real highlight of this camp with black rhino and huge herds of elephants often seen along with porcupines, honey badgers and even the ever-elusive leopard.
There are several waterholes near camp that are surrounded by trees and are frequented by woodland species such as red hartebeests, black faced impala, kudu, eland as well as elephant, lion, leopard, zebra, oryx and giraffe. On the pan’s edge there are several key waterholes that are home to large herds of zebra and springbok who are preyed on by several lion prides and cheetah.
On the eastern edge of the park we find Namutoni where within a few kilometres from camp there are several excellent waterholes and two in particular are productive all day. There is a very large hyena clan near one of the waterholes and the members are often seen returning to their den early in the morning. All the main carnivores are spotted in this area and cheetah are often seen hunting around Fischer’s Pan. Good area for lion, hyena, leopard, cheetah, elephants, black rhino, damara dik-dik, all plains game, warthogs and mongooses. Flamingos and pelicans can be seen in Fischer’s Pan after the rains.
A night at Okonjima/Africat gives us the opportunity to track leopard and hyena with the aid of a telemetry in the 54,000 acre reserve and visit the Carnivore Care Centre run by the Africat Foundation. With its magnificent rooms, excellent cuisine and genuine conservation story, Okonjima is always a highlight of any trip to Namibia.
- 7 nights in Etosha National Park with its world famous floodlit waterholes
- 1 night at Okonjima/Africat Foundation
- Fully guided photographic safari hosted by Kathryn Haylett
- Photographically adapted vehicle with pop up roof, camera rests and guaranteed window seats
- Lunch, dinner and bed and breakfast included
- 3 reserve activities at Okonjima included
- All park entrance fees included