Day 24–Rain, Rain and More rain

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The first day of spring and it was … raining. The tour guides cooked up a storm for us last night and we were hoping for some sun today but alas it was not to be. It was the worst kinda of rain. Not pelting down so you just write off the whole day, curl up on the couch and watch movies. The on again, off again drizzle that gets your hopes up. You go far enough away from shelter for it to rain all over you.

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In one of those breaks we went and visited Upendu and Ubuntu. Upendo was ready for a bit of play but Ubuntu was nice and cosy in her new straw in her house.

Were supposed to go walking with Zinkle today but with the rainy weather we decided to leave it till our last chance tomorrow.

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We did get to feed the lions today. The boys were loving their meat and didn’t want to share.

Day 22 and 23–Rain, Rain Go Away

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It’s been raining for 2 days. The kind of rain that’s quite annoying. It rains a bit, stops. You think you’re good and go outside for it to start up again.

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The sun decided to peek through the clouds late in the afternoon so we decided to take advantage of some nice afternoon light and visit the very wet cheetahs.

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Zinkle was sitting out in the rain and was after some wet cheetah cuddles.

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Luckily I’m already wearing my permanently stained with muddy lion cuddles pants so no-one will notice.

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Next we went to visit Gia, who was in too much of a playful mood and came running out of her house.

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Bit too playful for us so we went and got the cheetah lure to wear her out a bit.

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It is totally amazing to see how much she loves this already and totally refocuses her wanting to play with you to playing with the toy.

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After a few runs she comes to you and plops at your feet for a breather.

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After she’s caught her breath she stands up and stands near the ball and looks at you – I want to go again.

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After a few more laps – down again…catches her breath and then AGAIN!

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The light is fading and we want to visit Ola before the sun goes down but Gia doesn’t want us to take the toy…hmmm…this could be interesting. Luckily one of the other volunteers wants to play so we happily hand it over and make it their problem…lazy I know.

We went to see Ola who was in a friendly mood. Sometimes she is happy to just site and watch you but today she walked up to say hello and get some scratches before she went and found a nice spot to lie down as the sun set.

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Poked our heads into Ubuntu and Upendu at last light and they are as cute as ever.

day 21–Taking the Cheetah For A Walk

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Today was a bit miserable – cold, overcast and threatening to rain.

After the morning feed we gave the servals some new hay for their beds. Each group inspected the new bed for approval. Ubuntu and Upendu decdided they weren’t quite happy about the location of the couch etc. The moved their own water tray outside and decide to also make a day bed by moving some of the hay outside.

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Chuck and Norris were having a good play near the fence today.

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This afternoon Zintle got to go out walking with a client.

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The girls got her gear together.

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She was very excited to get her K9 harness on (shh…don’t tell her …she can’t read).

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Then up in the truck with a bit of food encouragement.

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And she’s off…

We’ve got an extra volunteer who just arrived after a long flight from London and got bombarded with a feeding session in the first 10 mins she was here.

Day 19&20–Hanging with the cheetahs

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Thursday was showery so didn’t really take any photos so combining posts.

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After the morning feed we took advantage of the gorgeous light with Diesel.

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He was a bit too playful so we didn’t stay long. We moved onto Ola who was quite content to lay in her grass and have her picture taken.

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Finished up the morning with Zinkle who was a little more active at first.

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and not content with just having per photo taken.

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After a few pics she demanded some scractches from both of us before plopping down in the sun for a morning snooze.

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Before lunch we filled a few soft drink bottles with carrot and apple and put it in with the meerkats (after removing mum).

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They weren’t as interested in the go pro as I thought they would be.

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They had great fun with it but loved the eggs more.

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We had to dig it out in the end.

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Hopped in with the caracals who aren’t very friendly.

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Evening we stopped in with Zintle, Ola and Gia to get some more afternoon light shots.

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Finished up with the lions Chuck and Norris who were fairly active in the cool of the afternoon.

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day 19–Playing Chasey with the Cheetah

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This morning we were left to prep and feed the cheetahs by ourselves. Must say they are way scarier when they are hungry and you’re the one having to toss the chicken to them.

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After our chores Diesel was looking a lot more friendly so we went in to introduce ourselves and take a few pictures. He had other ideas, he just wanted to sit on me and get patted and did not want me to move.

Had a pretty cruisy day and caught up on a bunch of work emails ate some lunch etc.

Then it was time to give the cheetah lure a go. Back in 2007 we met Joe from Aussie Dog who makes awesome toys for animals and we always like to take one with us.

As we didn’t know how the cheetah were going to react to someone pulling a giant red ball we opted to let the experienced guide Marlene take first go.

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Gia didn’t know what to make of it at first but was totally fixated on the red ball.

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Soon she was chasing it across the enclosure.

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Then it was John’s turn to take a run through the cheetah enclosure with a full grown cheetah who can do 0-90km/hr in 3 seconds in tow.

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Gia was quite clever though and once she’d had one go at it she didn’t bother chasing him down to the end….she knew he’d come back and just waited on her mound and waited for the red ball to come past.

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Then we was done and wanted pats instead…such a cutie.

Day 18 – Cruisy Intro to the Cats

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Up for a 7am start. Cut, powder and feed the cheetahs and prep meat for the other cats for the afternoon. Done…

Bit of a break till 9am..where we go an clean the enclosures which is fairly easy when these cats have certain spots they like to use.

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Everyone is looking a bit sleepy so we head to the meerkats who are always full of life.

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Mum can be a bit cranky though.

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Have lots of spare time so we jump in with one of the Servals Upendo.

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She’s pretty friendly and comes for a pat before handing out in her favourite bush.

After checking a few times we go and introduce ourselves to Gia a very good looking cheetah.

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The boys Chuck and Norris are close by and posing for us as they want pretty photos taken of them too.

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Everyone is looking a bit sleepy again so we go have a bit of a lie down while it’s really warm.

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Gia is a bit more playful in the afternoon and has taken to John so we take the opportunity of friendly kitty and good light if we can get her to cooperate.

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She keeps facing her back to the sun so John is trying to direct her so we get her in good light and her best side.

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Much better…

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Seems see listened well….

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and why not try her other side just to be sure.

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And now they’re just hanging together watching the cars go past.

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And then she looks a bit sad when we leave but she’s getting a bit playful in the cool afternoon.

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Finish off the afternoon back with Upendo.

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She’s also enjoying the cool afternoon wind.

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Day 17–To Daniell Cheetah Project

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We didn’t need to be in Port Elizabeth till midday so it meant we could take our time or sleep in this morning. We chose to leave the park slowly, through the park.

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Up early for a drive just after sunrise around a few of our favorite spots in search of some more animals to cross off our bingo list. Hoping for lion in front of a blazing sun but had to settle for some kudo and zebra.

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Almost 8:30 so we head back to camp to grab our things and fill up and there they were – 2 lions making their way across the park.

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There’s a bit of a loop so we do a quick U-turn to catch them and then get in front of them as the move towards the fence.

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Back at the camp I mark up the lion on the board and chat to some people who’ve just been on a game drive and seen bugger all.

Then we head out. We’ve got 3 hours – should be enough time to drive 60k….

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That is based on our experience of seeing hardly any elephants.

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Today, it seems that the other 290 elephants have come to say hello and hang out on every road.

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On one of our last loops avoiding elephant to get out of the park we saw some kudo fighting and  cross off another animal – Puff Adder – didn’t think we’d see one of these.

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We make one last detour to go around these elephants cause the people on the other side were having too much fun.

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Then to the airport to drop off our car and get picked up. Quick trip the the supermarket for some food for the week before heading to our home for he next 10 days.

Quick tour around to meet all the animals, then cook some dinner and time to crash.

Day 16–Addo Elephant park

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Early morning today to go on a game drive. We opted to pay someone to drive us around as 6am is the best time of day to see and be able to photograph animals and they get access to parts of park we don’t and know where the animals were. We were hoping to cross a few more animals off our bingo card,

I opted for layers – it was cold and were were in an open vehicle. I chickened out from wearing my windproof shell jacket – it’s bright red…I don’t want to tempt the lions.  While we wait we can hear the lions roaring…that deep rumble that you almost feel in you bones that never seems to come across on recordings.

A minute out of the gate and we’ve spotted zebra, kudo and warthog. After that a whole lo t of nothing. We spent ages driving to a spot where the guide tells us “the lions were right here all day yesterday…I was fantastic”. Well they’re not here now…and telling us how awesome it was yesterday really doesn’t make us feel any better.

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We finally spot an elephant in the distance…you know there’s over 300 of these things here and we find one. Our time is almost up and heading back to camp and we spot another 2 elephants. So the other 297 are somewhere else.

it was so a non-event game drive I didn’t even take my lens cap off in the 2 hours. We get back and we are freezing so opt to go back to bed for a few hours to warm up. The weather is overcast and wettish – first non-perfect day we’ve had so far.

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After lunch we go out for a longer drive to some new areas. There’s heaps of kudo and warthogs.

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The warthogs were all over the road today. This little guy just wanted to own the whole thing.

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There were kudo everywhere. Think they should rename it to kudo park.

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A car stops up ahead and to the left there’s 2 caracals in the long grass.

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This guy was all tuckered out and snoozing with 100 of his closest fly friends on the side of the road.

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On our last loop before gate close we spot a family of elephants.

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A few singles along the road.

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Tomorrow we head to Port Elizabeth and will exit via the park so our last chance to see lions and leopard in the wild for this trip.

Day 15–To Addo Elephant National Park

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Another decent day of driving to Addo Elephant National Park.

With our permit we get a park map and a bingo card (also known as a species guide). Don’t think I want to fill this card as I would leave perfectly happy having never ticked off Puff Adder

We drive around part of the park and start ticking off a few animals.

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You’re not allowed to drive over any dung so you don’t kill the scarce dung beetle. You actually see heaps of these guys on the road and it gets tricky to not run over them.

In animal bingo today we ticked off a few : a lone elephant way in the distance, a lone red hartebeest.

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Saw lots of warthogs – these guys are way bigger there than in Namibia – guess there’s more food, less walking.

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Saw a few Eland, a stack of Zebra and Kudu and quite a few Leopard Tortoise.

Day 14–Meerkats, Monkeys and More

0V7C0909Today was  a massively busy day of animals. First we were up bright and early to seem some wild meerkats with Meerket Adventrues. You’re taken to a property just after sunrise (bit later in winter) and have a welcome cuppa before walking down to the burrows.

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The we sit and wait….until one appears.

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It stands and suns itself for a bit and then a 2nd one appears.

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Then all of a sudden there’s 7 of them not 10 metres from you.

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We sit and watch them play and sunbath for a bit…and then they move off to find food.

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Cool experience where you get to see wild meerkats that have been habituated to human presence.

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Then we drove down to Plettenberg Bay and visited a few local parks.

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First up was Monkeyland.

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You get an hour guided tour in with the 11 various monkey and ape species they have there.

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They also have a pair of elusive gibbons which look very human like on 2 legs.

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Don’t forget the quick squirrel monkeys who do not look at the camera.

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This grumpy guy from India

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Some imports from South America.

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And of course the coolest looking mobile phone tower.

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On the way back we stopped at Jukani owned by the same people.

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This has a bunch of interesting cats – lions, tigers,

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jaguar,

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cougars etc.

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Sad to see these are all rescues that were either illegal pets, abandoned pets, ex zoo animals etc. but good to see they now have a home more appropriate to their needs.

Day 13–Ostrich in Oudtshoorn

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We left Cape Town today and drove to Oudtshoorn. It was 5 or so hours of driving through some pretty countryside. We found a nice morning tea stop at the Rambling Rose – awesome food.

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We had a few hours to kill in the afternoon so we went to one of the Ostrich farms.

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It was very touristy (I know we’re tourists) and we watched some of the jockeys.

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It still cool to see the birds and their eggs up close.

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Day 12–Beautiful Ride Along the Coast

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This morning we got a bit of a “sleep in” as we were getting picked up at 9;30 to go for a cycle along the Cape Town Coast. After being stuck in the car for a week and off the bike for 2 it was good to get out for a ride.

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It took me awhile to talk myself into signing up for this ride…firstly cars – Then one of the nice Chicks Who Ride Bikes ladies pointed out I ride in Australia….and if I can handle that, anywhere else in the road is a breeze. Secondly hills – I looked at the elevation profile and almost died. But I figured the worst that could happen is we have to turn around early or I walk my bike a long way.

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I’d stumbled across iRideAfrica and what drew me to them was the fact they did a guided road ride, on proper road bikes. It was a bit different for me as I went from a cheap flat bar to a nice road bike so having “normal brakes” instead of disc and “normal gears” instead of Di2 took a bit to get used to. My takeaway is I’m glad I bought a bike with disc brakes and will never, ever go back. The Di2 is nice but not as big a difference as the brakes.

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We did about 50k and it was hilly! Lots of constant uphill but it was really worth it.  The headwind was brutal at times but the view along the road was amazing. We made it to Noorhoek and had a nice coffee and apple struddle stop before heading back. Last big hill and it was hot, long and unrelenting.  My guide was kind enough to give me a bit of a push up the last bit

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Back to our hotel and checked Table Mountain – the cable car is closed due to wind and visibility 0 due to cloud – bummer.  So a relaxed afternoon grabbing some “lunchner” and snacks for the next few days of driving.

Day 11–Arrived in Cape Town

planeAnother early morning (I know…there’s a pattern developing here) as we fly to Cape Town today.  We’re on a teeny tiny plane (which freaks me out) – an Embraer but at least it has jets rather then propellers.  So small there’s only overhead space on one side and only small cabin bags fit. Few upset people had their bags stowed.

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Picked up our car – a Hyundai Ascent and headed to our accommodation at Signal Hill Lodge to drop our bags. We’re up on the hill so we get a decent view out to the water.

Went to the waterfront, had lunch, got a sim card for data and did some food/drink shopping to hold us over for the next few days.

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Wanted to got up Table Mountain but it was really cloudy so we might leave that till tomorrow afternoon if we’re up for it.

Day 10–Back to Windhoek

Today we had a 550k drive ahead of us and had to decide whether to leave early or do a few hours in the park and pay for another day permit. We’d only really missed the cheetah (which we’ll get to see plenty of in Port Elizabeth) and leopard. Both of which you have to be lucky to see and we were a bit done with driving round in circles so we opted to go.

Arrived in Windhoek at midday and with nothing we really wanted to do found a mall and then discovered there was a laundrette across the road so did boring stuff like wash clothes.

We fly to Cape town tomorrow morning and as we have no pics can finish it off with our top 5 Namibia pics:

1. Deadveil – a bit of a trek to get to but such contrasting colours it’s definitely worth the walk.

2. Dune 45 – Awesome dune to walk up. You get an amazing view and it’s so peaceful up there

3. Elephants – who doesn’t like elephants and there’s heaps to be seen in Etosha for those who wait at the waterholes.

4. Rhino – Being solitary animals we were lucky to see this guy getting ready to cross the road

5. Zebra – The funny looking horse-like creatures. There’s no lack of these guys around the waterholes and by the road

Day 9–Namutoni region of Etosha

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As we’re already inside the park gates it means we can actually be at the waterholes for good light. Their definition of “sunrise” means there’s been some light for 45 mins before we’re allowed out (I think it’s mainly so the paid game drives get the best light).

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We head to Chudop which is a nicer looking waterhole which has a carpark fairly close to it. There’s not much here. We sit and wait. We’re ready to try somewhere else where they appear in the distance – a herd of elephant moving at pace towards the waterhole.

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They come down for a drink but are soon scared off by a hyena – new animal for us today. The hyena has a drink and wanders around and another appears before they both take off.

We try another waterhole and spot a Rhino in the bushes – he’s not moving so we continue on to– Kalkheuwel – nothing.

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Then down to Ngobib. There’s not a lot here either but a few zebra close to the road.

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We take a side road detour out and see some small dik-diks. They’re tiny antelope with tiny horns.

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We head back to Chudop and see a few giraffe on the way.

We hit Chudop and nothing. We wait and see some elephant in the tree line but they’re hesitant. We wait. A bunch of other vehicles arrive and pull up around us…thanks…not going to be easy to shift in a hurry for us now.

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The antelope are running around and some are fighting now and then.

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More vehicles arrive (for what I’m not sure) and now we’re parked in 3 cars deep…great…these elephants had better not charge us.

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Finally the elephants come out of the tree line and down to the waterhole. Our patience and early postioning had paid off as we’re in a really good spot.

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We head off and do the mini pan loop of Fisher’s pan at Twee trees and Aroe near the camp. See absolutely nothing.  The only slightly interesting thing we spot are these birds. They’re quite big – larger than a peacock.

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Head back to the camp and make use of our fridge – the first fridge we’ve had all week and have some cereal. We’ve been carting milk, cereal and ice freezing blocks all week and haven’t been able to use them until now. I almost squealed with joy when I saw it yesterday. As everywhere seems to serve a buffet for lunch and dinner it gets a bit much so it’s nice to have something a bit more simple to eat.

The call of the nanna nap is too much – it’s the perfect drain every ounce of energy in your body temperature and have a snooze for the afternoon.

Day 8–Achievement Unlocked–Charged by a Rhino

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Another early morning and off to Etosha again. We leave our lodge to spend the next 2 nights inside the park. Today we’re exploring the Halali area on our way to the other side where our accommodation at Namutoni awaits us.

It’s a slow drive through the gate this morning as they are taking full name/address etc details of every person entering. Not far inside the gate we spot our first animals – some elephants to the side.

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We strike out at most waterholes this morning and have much more luck spotting animals on the road. We drive through Homob, Sdo Salvadora, Charitraub and Rietfonten where we see some giraffe on the side of the road.

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There’s a vehicle stopped up ahead so we come up behind and there she is – a lioness having a snooze in the grass. She’s totally unfazed by it all…looking up now and then and going back to sleep.

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As we head for Halili John spots some movement to the right – it’s a Rhino. We do a quick U-turn and position ourselves in the Rhinos path but where we think he’d go just behind us. In the sun he looks like a lump of concrete with legs. Slowly he approaches and another car stops behind us. He stops for awhile so we turn off our engine to encourage him closure. He starts moving again and as he starts to get closer I switch cameras and say to John “So you ready with the car incase he charges?”. He’s quite close now but towards the back of us so it’s quite awkward to take photos from my window. He stops. One step forwards. Stops. Then a charge towards the car. Both vehicles start and take off in a hurry. The car behind us is now beside us with the lady in the passenger seat and her kid talking to us out the window with their eyes bugging out of their heads. So achievement unlocked – we got charged by a Rhino. Well….technically it was the other car that was blocking its way and it was really aiming for them but hey…it was definitely enough to get the heart started.

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We wait for him to clear the road and turn around and continue on. Not far past there are a herd of zebra crossing the road. Can’t help ourselves but to get a photo of  “Zebra Crossing”.

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We continue on and hit the junction to the pan lookout – in all the excitement of the Rhino and the Zebra crossing we missed the turnoff to the camp. We pop to the lookout where you drive way out onto the pan. It is so flat and dead – once you’re there all you can see is flat, dead sand and sky in every direction as far as you can see.

Then we head to Halili for lunch via  Nuanses and Hello.

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I drive for the afternoon and head off to Goas and Noniams. There’s a herd of elephants here. I pull up for John to take a few pics and then they start to move…towards us. I’m thinking I should shift forward a bit as they’re headed straight for the car. Then in front of us part of the herd has picked up the pace and is ahead of us. I’m about to get boxed in…time to chuck a U’y. The guy in front has a similar idea so we turn around and go back around the ring road and watch the car chaos from a distance. People waiting too long to get out of the way and there’s a tangle of cars and elephants. We’re sitting sweet waiting for a car to get rolled or something but luckily there’s not grumpy elephants today and they get chased into the bush by the cars.

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There’s another car stopped ahead so we come up behind it. There’s a pile of impala to the left…pfft…why stop for that! Then I look to my right and there’s a giant elephant moving at speed towards my door! Into reverse and a quick little trip back down the road to let it past.

We drive past Springbokfontien and Batia with no animals so we head to Nantoni.

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Outside camp there are a few cars pulled over and on the left we spot him – another Rhino. So we pull over and turn the car slightly so John can shoot out the window easily at him. He keeps on … across the road and past the cars – a Rhino on a mission.

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We make it to camp, check in and book a table for dinner and go for a bit of an explore. Outside or cabin there’s a pile of Mongoose who look a little too friendly.

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We wander up to the fort tower where you can see for miles in every direction. As it approaches sunset you can see the stream of cars coming into camp before the gates close.

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The waterhole is fairly quiet and we watch the sun set which seems disappointing compared to previous nights.

Day 7–The Okaukeujo Region of Etosha

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Our first morning in Etosha and we had a fairly smooth run through the gate. We headed to Nebrownie waterhole.

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We spent an hour or so there. There were a few ostriches, a few impala and some jackal.

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We shifted to Oliffantsbad and sat here a good hour.

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After a bit of a snooze these guys turned up in a wave at the top of the carpark and arrived at the waterhole.

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We headed back to the main camp and Nebrowni was now teaming with animals and cars to match.

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After lunch we headed to Okondeka and saw a few warthogs and some birds flying overhead.

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We spotted a few giraffe on our way back and a few other animals close to the road.

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There we a couple of fast squirrels just to the side of the road.

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We hadn’t seen a lot of animals and it felt like we really need a 20k zoom lens to get decent pictures as the waterholes were a fair distance from the car so we headed by to Okaukuijo for the afternoon.

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I scored a nice seat in the shade and waited….for 2 massive herds of elephants to come through.

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In total I lost count at 45.

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By now a decent crowd of people had gathered and people were tussling for a good photo spot. Being near the wall my legs on the wall were a good deterrent for people to not stand in front of where we were sitting.

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There were a few tussles going on between the elephants aswell. There were two distinct herds who really didn’t want to share the same waterhole.

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There was a large number of baby elephants walking and drinking with their mum.

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Others standing around just asking for you to take their photo.

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Some were in a hurry to get a drink.

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It felt like the procession would never end.

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So many elephants it was hard to choose where to look and focus.

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And then they moved off and were gone…

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Where the next species lines up for their turn at the waterhole.

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But it was time for us to head off. We had to get out of the park and back to our lodge before sunset or we’d be trapped in our car overnight.

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Our daylight ended back on the deck at our lodge watching the sunset behind the ridge.

Day 6–Drive to Etosha

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Today was another big day of driving – 500+ km to Etosha. Fortunately it was a tarred road for a lot of the way. The roads have a 120 km/hr speed limit which also helps get you there a bit quicker. The downside is they aren’t dual carriage way so John to got practice his overtaking trucks without a turbo charged car. I was let go as chief re-circulate button pusherer as now there were no dust concerns.

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After a few hours we switched an I drove about 200k – and choose to shortcut our route by taking 90k of gravel over the tarred road. The gravel isn’t as nice as the tarred road but it was pretty well compacted, decent width and the type of gravel road you can happily sit at 100km/hr on when there’s noone coming the other way and then just slow down a bit when there is incase there’s a bit of soft soft you have to steer through and to not drown the other person in dust. Spotted our first road kill today which is a bit surprising considering the number of animals.

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We arrived at Etosha Safari Lodge and unloaded the car and wandered up to the deck to watch the sun go down.  This is our home for the next 2 nights

Day 5–To the Coast

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It was our last night in the dunes and we had some spare time so John played around with some longer exposure shots of the stars. Milky Way looks so cool out here with no lights to drown out the stars.

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It was a 300k drive today to the coast and apparently you aren’t allowed to have any fun.

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On the sign theme we also passed the Tropic of Capricorn (and actually stopped to car momentarily to take the pic).

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The landscape changed quite dramatically and we did pull over to stretch our legs and take a couple of snaps.

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There really was just a lot of very flat landscape, with very straight gravel roads.

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Once we reached the coast the temperature dropped dramatically. It might be the end of shorts for me. Damn dessert spoilt me with its warmth. The coast was not particularly interesting. It was overcast, cold and a grey sky. We’ve stocked up on drinks and snacks to take us through the next few days.

Tomorrow we drive back inland – NE to Etosha – 500ks of mainly gravel roads.

Our internet will be a lot patchier so might be a few more days before we post again.

Day 4–Dune 45

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We had another cool sunset this evening and even resisted the temptation to go onto the road and do a few donuts to kick up some dust to make the sun look even cooler.

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Fairly early to bed as I want to get to the gate a bit earlier and head for Dune 45 tomorrow.

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As we go to leave this morning the sky is full of gorgeous colours…good thing we have a camera handy.

We get to the gate a good 30 mins earlier and pass a bunch of zebra and a few other animals on the way. There’s a queue at the parks office for permits so we keep going and plan to pay on the way out.

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The light is great again but I want to climb dune 45 – too lazy to actually look this up but I presume it’s called that because it’s 45k from the gate. I’m hoping we can be the first ones to get to the base so we can get some clean pics without foot prints and people.

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There’s quite a few animals out being a little earlier but no time for stopping…so I use my well tuned taking photos in a moving car skills I’ve learned taking pics of moving A45s and snap some ostriches on the move.

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We hit Dune 45 and there’s nobody on it yet…but there’s  big bus of people taking a group picture so I’m off to get to the dune first.  Grab a few snaps before we start the long ascent.

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We’re soon joined by a family also keen to climb the big mound of sand.

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It’s really soft and hard going up this giant dune but the view is totally amazing. I hang back to enjoy the view and take a look around while John makes a beeline for the top (whatever that is on a dune).

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We reach a sensible “top” and take a few photos together and just site and enjoy the view. It’s so beautiful up here.

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There’s a soft cool breeze and it’s just so quite that you feel totally alone in the world.

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Then it’s time to come back down to reality..which is sooo much quicker and easier than going up. It’s only 8:30 and already the sun has shifted so much the dune now looks very ordinary. There goes the good light out here for the day.

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We head back to the entrance and snap a Gemsbok (I think…I’m not too good with my African deer-looking species naming yet) on the way who is just hanging out by the road.

We take advantage of the phone signal at the gate and feed our internet addiction. I love that we’re in the middle of nowhere and I’m surfing the net booking a passport appointment for my dad from the other side of the world.

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It’s our last night here and tomorrow we drive for the coast. Agama River Camp has been a great place to stay – the food at dinner is great.