Our African Adventure: Day Five: Okaukuejo to Halali

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From Okaukuejo to Halali Campsite in Etosha National Park

After an exciting first day yesterday we woke up excited to get on the road and start exploring again. We were tired from our late night safari drive and from observing the watering hole when we got back to camp.

We made a quick breakfast and got ready to head out. Devon misplaced our shower stuff so I was a bit cranky with my dirty hair! haha.

It didn’t take long before we started seeing all kinds of animals.

Watering hole in Etosha National Park
Ostriches and Springbok at one of the watering holes
Watering hole in Etosha National Park
One of the many watering holes we visited this day
Black backed jackal in Etosha National Park
Black backed jackal we spotted along the way
Kudu in Etosha National Park
I think this is a female kudu, the males have corkscrew horns

At one point along the way we ended up in the middle of a huge herd of Zebra’s. They were all over the road and weren’t moving. Eventually we had to slowly make our way through them so we could continue on. It was incredible.

Zebras in Etosha National Park
Zebra packs were everywhere in Etosha, a friend calls them the “Safari Filler Animal”, haha!



Zebra Etosha National Park
Zebra’s hugging everywhere!
Zebra Etosha National Park
Most were pretty chill when we drove by, a few got agitated but we tried to keep our distance

A Day Spent Animal Gazing

We spent the rest of the day animal spotting. The pictures speak louder than anything I could say about this experience. Both Devon and I felt so fortunate to be there.

Impala in Etosha National Park
A group of Impala’s all looking in one direction, must be a predator around!
Etosha National Park
Typical landscape view in Etosha. We saw many other rental trucks like ours.
Giraffe in Etosha National Park
A unique way for the giraffe to drink water
Giraffe in Etosha National Park
This is the usual way you see Giraffe’s drinking water



Springbok in Etosha National Park
Springbok everywhere!
Secretary Bird in Etosha National Park
This massive, ancient looking bird is a Secretary Bird. They walk along trying to kick up small rodents to eat. I joked that it should take my notes.
Safari Vehicle in Etosha
A typical safari vehicle in the parks. This is what we took on our night drive the day before.

Lunch Break

We made our way to Halali and found our campsite. We made a quick lunch and then headed back out before it got too late.

Halali Campground in Etosha National Park
The entrance to Halali Campground.
Halali Campground in Etosha National Park
Making sandwiches for lunch. Rocking my Tilley hat, safari style. Haha!
Elephant herd in Etosha National Park
We watched this elephant herd roll around in a watering hole and then continue their journey. Incredible!
Kori Bustard in Etosha National Park
A young Kori Bustard



Better Than TV

We eventually made our way back to Halali. We decided to try out the buffet option rather than cooking our own dinner. They were amazing about showing me the vegetarian options and even gave me a discount on the fixed price where I don’t eat meat. Devon on the other hand tried impala and all kinds of different game meat. We were really impressed by the selection of food, it was delicious.

After dinner, we headed to the watering hole. Nothing was going on at first but we decided to wait and see what the night would bring and we were not disappointed! At first, one rhino came out. And then another. And another. And another. By the end of the night, we witnessed FIVE rhinos coming and going. It was one of the highlights of the trip. I was connected to WIFI so I was messaging real time updates to my mom which was hilarious. Not something you expect to have when traveling in remote areas. Two of the rhinos kept acting like they were going to charge each other and then would back off at the last minute. It was honestly the best entertainment. Fascinating.

Two Rhinos in Etosha National Park
Rhino’s at Halali watering hole. I think this was a mother/daughter duo.

Does anyone know if these are black or white rhino’s? We couldn’t figure it out. Please let us know if you do!

-Dayna



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