I figured we would be okay because it hasn't rained here in ages, but sure enough we woke up in the middle of the night to raindrops.
We figured we had better get up and put the tarp back on. This was not fun. It's not easy to reach the top of the tent to put it on, and of course it was all wet and sandy. Did I say this was not fun!? Got it done, and back to sleep, but it was not a good interruption.
Drove about 170 kms (105 miles) yesterday from Namutoni rest camp to Okaukuejo rest camp.It took us pretty much all day, and we stopped at Halali rest camp for lunch.
We think this is the female of the red-crested korhaan.
We're still on the lookout for rhino's and leopards. But we were able to cross lion off the list yesterday, and apparently we are really good at finding cheetahs because we saw two together just after we left camp in the morning!
So we have now seen a total of four cheetahs!
We sat and watched these two for about a half hour. But they were quite far away, and eventually they just lay down. So we moved on.
The rest of the drive we saw a lot of zebra. Apparently there are around 18,000 zebras in the park, and you see them regularly. Compare that to the approximately 300 lions and it's easy to explain why you don't see lions as often. Also saw a lot of ostriches yesterday, including some with little ones.
We drove some of the back roads (although even the main road is just a back road!) past Halali and stopped at a couple of waterholes, but they were totally dried up. The rainy season is only just beginning here, and Namibia is also in the middle of the worst drought in 30 years. They are really hoping for some rain soon.
It was almost 4:00pm as we were getting close to Okaukuejo rest camp. There was one last waterhole and we turned in because there were a couple of other cars that we could see from the road. We almost didn't go! Just after we turned in, we saw it.
A big male lion, having a snooze in the shade under a tree! And he was so close. As we pulled up and turned off the engine, he was only about 25 feet away!
Eventually, he opened his eyes, took a look at us, and rolled over. I think lions are pretty lazy. Just like any other cat I suppose!
He didn't look like he had any ambition to move, so we drove on to the camp, which was only another 7 kms (4 miles).
This campground has around 40 sites, but some off them end up with 8 or 10 tents to each site because of the large safari tour groups that come in. We were assigned a site. It was okay, but too close to the washrooms and we had a lot of people that would simply walk right through our site. But, our site had a nice big shade tree so we stayed put. yout ake the good with the bad sometimes.
We saw a storm on the horizon, and just as we were thinking about making dinner it started to rain. And it didn't seem like it was going to quit. There are camp kitchens that are covered, but they were all taken up with the big tour groups. I mean, packed with people trying to stay dry. We looked at each other and were both thinking the same thing. Time to splurge on a restaurant meal!
The restaurant serves a buffet dinner. It was N$170 ($18.36) each, and it was pretty good. For meat, they had pork chops, lamb, and eland antelope! I had a helping of antelope and then went back for pork chops. And of course they had veggie dishes and salads.
How as the antelope, you ask? We both liked it. It was very tender, but had a slight liver taste to it. We would eat it again.
It spit with rain for the rest of the evening, and rained quite a bit overnight. We stayed dry though as I found a different way to make sure the tarp stays on!
Sorry for the lack of pictures, but we're having a really difficult time with internet. Half the time it works, and the other half it doesn't. We saved over 50 pictures from yesterday's drive and we wanted to share them with you! We'll have to let you know when we can add some more.