Living The African Dream
After an amazing night around the watering hole we decided to have a relaxing morning. We drank our coffees while other packed up. We made breakfast and eventually hit the road. There is nothing better than sitting around camp, drinking coffee and hearing the sounds of different animals not too far away.
We packed up and headed towards the Etosha Salt Pan. You could already see the heat glimmering off of it. Getting closer, you could see animal footprints sunken into the salt.
This is Africa
There is a saying in Africa that applies to situations where you may not get exactly what you’ve hoped for and something entirely unexpected happens. We found ourselves saying this often throughout the trip. “This is Africa”, we’d say after we got a flat tire that allowed us to also see goats and their keepers daily routine. Or when we became discouraged over not being able to find the herd of elephants we caught a glimpse of, only to find ourselves face to face with a cheetah. Africa gives and Africa takes, meaning some days are easier than others.
Today, Africa gave us elephants.
We eventually arrived at our last campsite which was Namutoni in Etosha National Park. It was bittersweet to know we would have to leave tomorrow. We did some laundry by hand in washbasins and set up our tent for the night. It was still early in the day so we set up our camp chairs and relaxed a bit.
While sitting there, 30+ banded mongoose came running down the road and went right through our campsite. We completely freaked out because we didn’t know what they were and if they were crazy or not! They made this little squeaking sound as they came running which was pretty cute. Once we realized they weren’t going to hurt us it became pretty entertaining to watch them. They ran through every campsite scavenging and mostly dug in the dirt for insects.
We had a braai for dinner and ordered lunch packs from the restaurant for the following day. We watched another beautiful sunset before getting ready for bed. Sunsets in Africa during the dry season are some of the best. The amount of dust in the air creates a unique glow when the sun’s rays burst through. You can’t see the sun meet the horizon because the amount of dust that close to the ground makes it opaque. The things we learned!