It was time to leave the desert and head towards Etosha National Park for some game drive.
Etosha NP covers an area of more than 22.000 sqkms. In its center lies a vast salt pan surrounded by grasslands and thorn savannah, Mopane bushland in the west and dry forest in the north-east.
We woke up before sunrise, ate an early breakfast and loaded our bags into the truck. We had a stop on the way to buy some groceries at the supermarket, and also one to visit the Petrified Forrest.
The Petrified Forest is a national monument, proclaimed on 1st March 1950, after being discovered by two farmers in the 1940s. The name is a bit misleading as it is not exactly a forest, which turned to stone, but rather an accumulation of enormous fossilized tree trunks about 280 million years old. Scientist found out that these trunks haven’t grown in today’s Namibia but were washed down a river in ancient times.
We arrived Tarentaal Guest Farm in the middle of the day, and we ate fruit salad for lunch before we headed straight into the truck again for a couple of hours with game drive in Etosha NP. We did see some animals such as honey badger (not a common sight), jackals, zebras, oryx, kudu, springbok, steenbok, eland and various bird species.
We had to leave the park around sunset, so we headed back for dinner. It was time to braai some meat!
That night we had a thunderstorm and lots of rain. And the rain kept poring down the next day. Everybody was in the truck by 6:30 am ready for a new game drive and spot some more wild animals.
We drove around for hours without seeing something in particular (only oryx, springbok, zebras and everything we already had seen so many times before).
It’s so typical that it’s raining when we were finally going on a game drive, but after lunch it stopped raining, and Pumi had done some research and found out where we could find some more interesting animals, and so we did. Pumi knew what his goal was (without telling us) and on the way we saw a couple of giraffes. We passed some bushes and there it was, straight ahead of us… a lioness… And it turned out that she had some really young cobs under a tree, so she walked back to her young ones when we got there. When we had seen a lion we were satisfied and we’re ready to go back to the farm (okay, we’re never really ready to leave the wild animals, but… yeah, you understand).
Back at the guest farm we ate dinner; grilled chicken, garlic bread and some insanely good potato wedges (we want your secret). Jon and I spent the evening around the bonfire with Pumi, and we had a nice talk and it was such a great evening.
After two nights at the guesthouse we headed for our last destination in Namibia: Windhoek, the capital of Namibia.
It was a long day with lots of driving, had lunch by the road at a gas station near a market where we spent some time. When we arrive Windhoek we took a tour driving around the city, but didn’t do more than that because it was Sunday and everything was closed. The guesthouse for the night was Klein Windhoek Guesthouse, with pool, free wifi, bar and a restaurant.
After some time on our own we went out for dinner, all together, to Joe’s Beerhouse. This is a place we want to recommend; the restaurant is uniquely decorated, they had great food and special atmosphere.
The Christ Church in Windhoek
The pool at Klein Windhoek Guesthouse
The last day it was a thunderstorm and lots of rain. It was great for the locals because they had been having a dry season for so long, but it wasn’t like that we want to end the journey in this amazing country. But one thing we know for sure; we’ll be back – there are just so much more to see, explore and experience…