03-2013 African Animals – Namibia by Land – Photos / 2013 Cape Town to Trinidad Photos, 2013 Cape Town to Trinidad Voyage - Photos, 2013 March Photos, 2013 Photos, By Voyage Photos, Photos, Voyages / By Muhammad African Animal Galleries – Nambia, Africa. Elephants, Big Cats, Giraffe, Zebra and More! To view the SHIP\’S BLOG associated with this PHOTO GALLERY: CLICK HERE We flew from Cape Town to Windhoeck, Nambia by air and drove 3 hours north to a private eco game preserve – Africat We came across a curator from another Raptor Reserve en route who stopped us to show us a Pangolin she’d rescued Pangolin’s are nocturnal and very unusual to see Big Cat Country Entrance to Africat, 20 km off the main highway Africat is enclosed, but the animals are in balance and live as they would outside the enclosure. Here, our guide explains how the Leopard’s and Cheetah’s are wearing tracking collars to assist in locating them in the wild Map of Africat – which is huge BTW Demonstrating the use of the tracking device Our Toyota Landrover was the perfect vehicle Gate to the main areas within the reserve Female leopard hiding in the grass She sees a male leopard who is working on his “kill”. She must be very cautious or he’ll kill her Note how she is absolutely locked on to watching him He gave her a bit of a scolding when she got too close and here she has turned back with a scowl Male leopard with “kill” in tree This kill was about 2 days old according to our guide and appeared to be a gemsbok. You could literally here the bones crack The female came beneath the kill and took some fallen scraps After our first experience, we settled in to the lovely resort with one of our hosts African drums of Namibia Our “bungalow Bathroom at Africat No, these creatures aren’t real, but very cleaver metal work to add to the flavor of the experience. It gives wall art an entirely different meaning…:-) Nice digs! Cheetah at Africat – You can see his collar and how fixed he is on another Cheetah We are at the perimeter of the compound here and a neighboring Cheetah and ours were vying for territorial dominance Very fast, very light and very stealthy We’s spent two full days and nights there and I would highly recommend such an experience to anyone interested in these impressive animals. Etosha National Park entrance, northern Namibia This is a huge “salt pan”, perhaps a 100 miles long by 70 miles wide Pink Flamingoes of Etosha Our first night accommodation right on the huge muddy salt lake. It was not air conditioned and it DEFINITELY needed to be While driving to an from this resort along a 4 wheel only track, we came upon Nikki’s first elephant and this rather tall fellow In the savannah and plains of Etosha, you simply don’t know what will be coming up in the next mile Cooling Meerkats… These guys are not roadkill, but all stretched out to maximize the surface area of their bodies in the shade to keep cool Leopard Tortoise… Yes, is sounds like an oxymoron. We saw this guy on the side of the road and thought we’d have a look. No humans were harmed in the making of this photograph Not your everyday sight! Just out of the blue, an ostrich appeared Nikki with the big guy Again, we were just cruising down the road when we came upon this lone male elephant having lunch Our second night, we did have air conditioning a room right on a well lit waterhole The previous evening, we’d seen elephants, black rhinoceros, giraffes and all manner of oryx, springbok, jackals and on and on at this water hole Today, it was the zebras turn Oryx Young Giraffe takes a stance Cooling Meekats Wildebeast Warthogs Springbok – the fast food for most of the big cats Natural causes? We saw what appeared to be an intact zebra down. The vultures and jackals were closing in Vultures and jackals cleaning up A classic vulture Yet another ostrich A break while driving our 4 wheel drive vehicle through the park Birds nest Zebras and their young There are several natural and about 15-20 man made watering holes throughout the park. Here we see a bull elephant cooling down with water Nice to hav a long lens…:-) Dolomite Camp was a new resort and only had been open for several months. It was a favorite for us I felt a bit like we were on a far away planet here. The bungalows, which were very nice (but NOT air-conditioned) were all built on top of this small mountain Dolomite Bungalows A glass of wine to relax from the long day’s drive Rhinoceros near Dolomite Camp Elephants near Dolomite Camp Just out of the blue We stopped close to a mother elephant and her baby. She didn’t like us so close and feigned a charge According to our guide, the females always stop short Good thing he was right. This elephant was less than 15 feet away when she pulled up Magically, we came across several families of elephants, totaling about 60 animals at one water hole near dusk The late afternoon bath and drink Yet more family groups showed up Lots of little ones in all the groups This is the holding tank for the watering hole. These two guys just climbed the wall and went straight for the water Babies playing in the mud Another successful day, we loved this setting, the bungalows and the highlight of seeing 60 elephants at once Our next day, we came across this oryx More Springbok A dry man made watering hole Herds of Zebra Termite mound Big Bird This was an interesting sequence These two were fighting over territory or females Coming in for a cool The elephants cover themselves on really hot days with mud which helps cool them off Giraffe Mountain Zebra Black Rhinoceros Our digs at Dolomite Camp Bungalow Warm afternoon – Nikki relaxing Ostrich Eggs Dolomite Camp’s pool and view The view from our bungalow of the man made watering hole. Sunset on the Etosha Pan Luckily and rarely for this area, we came across this lioness and mate Lioness at Dolomite Guard and his kids with Nikki as we left for our next destination This guard minds the gate to this huge park. En route to Damarland Camp, we stopped at the Petrified Forest Don’t take policy Nikki with petrified log Largest petrified tree in the “forest” Twyfelfontene – Means “Uncertain Spring” was inhabited under a much different climate about 2500 years ago Visitors center….I kept looking for Luke Skywalker…:-) Petroglyphs showing animal life from 2500 years ago Striking Stones Back at the ranch…:-) En route to Damarland, we were told to use this old burnt out vehicle as a guidepost Sunrise breakfast at Damarland Camp We were in search of the elusive Desert Elephants and Desert Lions, but had no luck We got close to a Desert Elephant, but couldn’t see him in the bush. They are shorter and have bigger feet to support them in the soft sands. The Desert lions are much whiter in color and also have bigger paws Our bungalow at Damarland Camp. This entire place was washed out in a flash flood about 10 years ago and rebuilt. Right in the same place! Ummm? Lovely none-the-less Our hard working guide with Nikki Ex Pat Americans – Michael, Kathy and their lovely daughters with Nikki before they departed back to Johannesburg where they live.