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28.09.2015 / APEX EXPEDITIONS on safari with ORLANDO & REGAN

10 day Namibian Private Guided Safari with Orlando & Regan by Ultimate Safaris read more

09.05.2014 / PIRO on safari with MICHAEL

Namibian Safari 9 -17 May 2014 9 May 2014 Sossusvlei - Brown Hyena We were extremely lucky this morning to spot a brown hyena feeding on a springbok carcass. The hyena moved away as we approached so we decided to leave the shy animal to his meal. 14 May 2014 Aba-Huab - Desert Elephant This morning we departed really early in search of the elusive desert adapted elephant. After a 2 hour search we started finding fresh tracks and eventually found a group of 19 elephants grazing in the area surrounding Peters Pools. We stayed with them for a while and watched a few youngsters playing in the mud. 15 May 2014 Anderssons Camp - Black Rhino Just after our main course we were pleasantly disturbed by two Black Rhino as they came to drink at the waterhole. After seeing they were very relaxed the lodge staff allowed us to silently move into the new viewing hide where we were able to watch the Rhinos drinking from only meters away. It was an amazing experience. 16 May 2014 Etosha National Park Our drive in the park today was one of the best drives I have ever had in the Park with many great sightings. The day started with two lionesses at the Ombika waterhole lying only a few meters from the parking area. After spending some time with them we continued further into the park to find a pride of lion and 12 young cubs at Gemsbokvlakte waterhole. Our luck only improved when we saw 2 male lions relaxing at Oilfantsbad waterhole. We made our way slowly towards the central part of the park were we found 2 more lionesses at Charisaub waterhole. They were lying in the shade of the large camelthorn next to the road protecting their zebra kill. We were able to get really close to them allowing for great photo opportunities. After a short lunch break we found a Black rhino around the Nuamsis waterhole. The best sighting of the day was a leopard 1 km from the Halali turn off. We spotted the leopard off to the side of the road walking through the grass. We were amazed how relaxed the leopard was and followed it for a while before the most amazing thing happened. As we were watching the leopard it stopped and approached the car. It walked right up the car and lay down in the shade of the vehicle. We watched in amazement as the leopard then climbed under the car and used the car as an advantage point for stalking. We were mesmerized by the behavior of the leopard and left speechless when the leopard finally left our car and moved off into the grass. The icing on the cake for an amazing day and the end to an amazing safari was a huge heard of 52 elephants drinking and playing at the Ombika waterhole. What an amazing day. read more

04.05.2014 / COUNTRY WALKERS #1 on safari with TARRY

5 May 2014 REST - Pangolin On our way to Okonjima we stopped at REST for an educational tour. We were lucky to arrive just as the tame Pangolin was heading out for his walk. It was amazing to watch this prehistoric animal. 5 May 2014 Africat Foundation - Leopard Our afternoon activity was very successful when after a long and interesting search we found a single female resting in a tree. She was very relaxed and allowed us to get great photos before climbing down the tree and into the surrounding thick bush. 6 May 2014 Africat Foundation - Cheetah This morning we were again successful tracking cheetah on foot were after a short walk we found 3 Cheetah relaxing in the shade of a large Camelthorn tree. They were very relaxed and allowed us to approach really close. 7 May 2014 Etosha National Park - Elephant & Lion This morning we decided to do an early morning drive searching the eastern side of the park. The drive started really well with an abundance of game such as Kudu, Giraffe, Dik Diks and a large elephant bull grazing next to the road soon after entering the park. We stopped at selected waterholes as me made our way further west and found a large single lioness walking away from the Chudop waterhole. She was showing the obvious signs of recently have eaten and was very happy just to relax in the early morning sun. 8 May 2014 Etosha National Park - Lion Today was ruled by lions. We found a single male lion relaxing in the shade near Klein Namutoni waterhole. He was very close to the road but not very active so we continued on our safari. The best sighting of the day came as we approached Gemsbokvalkte waterhole. From a distance we could see two adult lionesses walking towards the waterhole. We were able to positional ourselves to great views as they walked right past our vehicle and drink. After about 30 min they left the waterhole the same direction as they arrived which gave us even better views as they made their way back into the thick bush. 8 May 2014 Anderssons Camp - Black Rhino After dinner we watched a single black rhino come and drink at the camps flood light waterhole. The Rhino was a bit unsure about the environment and moved away quickly. 10 May 2014 Peters Pools Aba-Huab - Desert Elephants Today we had an exciting search for the desert adapted elephant. We started our search at De Riet where we found one set of tracks heading west down the river. We followed the tracks only to find the tracks and signs of the rest of the group. We eventually found 17 elephants grazing in the river just before the swamps and Peters Pools. They were relaxed and standing in the shade of the large Ana trees. We were able to move slowly past them enjoying the sighting. We were able to see a 6 month old baby as well as two 2 year olds having a pushing contest. We spent about an hour or so with the elephant before heading back to camp. read more

08.04.2014 / WESSELL on safari with JASON

Namibia Safari 9 April 2013 Ongava Game Reserve - White Rhino We had a really exciting afternoon game drive on the Ongava game reserve were we found 4 white rhinos in close proximity to each other. The male was very interested in the females activities and approached slowly. The female did not enjoy having the male close to her young calf, which resulted in a heated stand off between the two rhino. With a great deal of snorting and pushing the male backed off to a safe distance. While enjoying a sundowner the male walked about 20m past our vehicle, 10 April 2013 EtoshaNational Park We decided to spend the entire day in the park heading into the central sections providing some great game viewing. Just after entering the park we saw two adult lions lying on the side of the road. We watched in awe as the male mock charged a bus as it made its way past. Large animals are not the only interesting thing to see in National parks as we soon found out when we watched an adult Martial eagle attempt to catch a Guinea fowl. This conflict took over 20 minutes as the eagle tries twice to catch the guinea fowl but was hassled by a pair of crows which distracted the eagle. When we thought the Guinea fowl had escaped the martial managed to snatch it up in its talons as the Guinea fowl came out from behind a log. The eagle carried its hard earned prize away from the crows to eat in peace. Just before lunch we found a large herd of elephant crossing an open area. We could see they were heading for the nearby waterhole and decided to wait for them to arrive. A few minutes after settling at the waterhole the herd of elephants arrived heading straight for the car. We had a great view as the 36 elephant drank and played in the mud. 11 April 2013 Africat Foundation - Leopard Our afternoon activity was really action packed as we attempted to track down a leopard. After a long search and some difficult off road driving through thick bush we found the leopard lying in a small opening. The leopard was undisturbed by our presence and after a while walked in front of the vehicle along a small river creak and into the dry river bed where we were unable to follow. 12 April 2013 Africat Foundation - Cheetah Our morning activity was also very successful when after a 500m walk we found a cheetah resting in the shade of a small acacia tree. We watched the cheetah at close proximity for about 30 minutes before it moved off into the long grass. read more

28.03.2014 / NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC on safari with JASON & NESTOR

Namibian Safari 28 March - 9 April 2014 28 Mar 2014 Naankuse - Wild dog During our afternoon activity at Naankuse we were fortunate to watch a pack of rare Wild dogs quickly devour a warthog. What a sighting to start the safari! 29 Mar 2014 Naankuse - Aardvark Our early morning activity was very fun and hands on when we took a baby orphaned aardvark for a walk. We watched as the little baby tried to feed while walking around our feet. It was amazing to spend time with such a rare and shy animal. 29 Mar 2014 Africat Foundation - Leopard Our afternoon activity at Okonjima was very exciting and equally successfully as we tracked and found two individual leopards within the Okonjima Nature Reserve. First we found a male leopard which was walking through the open scrub. We stayed with him until he found a comfortable resting place for the afternoon. We were able to get within a few meters but the view was obstructed by the thick bush. We left him to enjoy his afternoon and decided to search for another leopard, where we found a female relaxing on the ground. She was a bit uneasy with our presence and quickly moved off into thick bush were we werent able to follow. She might have had a kill nearby and didnt want us to disturb her meal. 1 Apr 2014 Etosha National Park - Plains Game Our afternoon drive on the eastern side of the Etosha National Park didnt reveal any hidden gems but we were very surprised at the large number of game which had moved into the area due to the recent rains. We saw an abundance of plains game along the edge of the pan. The lighting conditions were excellent and made for some great photographic opportunities. We saw a large concentration of giraffe moving across the open areas. 2 Apr 2014 Etosha National Park - Lions The afternoon drive searching the eastern side of the Etosha National Park was stunning with some really good sightings. The drive started with us finding a pride of lions playing on the edge of the thicket. The pride consisted of about 5 adult females, and 10 one year old youngsters. They were all relaxing and playing and completely undisturbed by our presence. After leaving the Lions we spotted a single black rhino about 100m from the vehicle in the open. The Rhino was walking steadily towards the bush and we soon lost his as he disappeared into the bush. Shortly after seeing the rhino we had to stop to let a huge male elephant bull cross the road in front of us. Judging from the wear and tear on his tusks and skin we could see this was a really old mature male. It is always amazing to see these gentle giants in close proximity. 3 Apr 2014 Etosha National Park - Lions & Black Rhino Today we game drove our way through the park seeing an abundance of plans game and fantastic birds. Just after arriving in the park we found the same pride of lion from the day before. This time the group had been joined by a large male, which was playing with the cubs. The highlight of the trip happened around 11 when nearing the pan we spotted a single black rhino walking along the road. We drove alongside him for over 15 minutes. He walked right past the vehicle allowing us to take great photos. It was great to be able to be so close to a black rhino, and to spend so much time with him before he moved off. This was really one of the best rhino sightings I have had in Etosha. 5 Apr 2014 Damaraland - Desert Adapted Elephant After reaching the lodge we took part in the exciting afternoon activity. During the drive we explored the areas around the lodge looking for desert adapted species. Around 17h00 were found a herd of 7 Desert adapted Elephant walking in the river bed in search of food and water. We watched them move peacefully through the area. On the return route to the lodge we spotted a single black rhino grazing on some euphorbias far in the distance. The rhino was aware of our presence and moved into some thicker bush for protection. read more

27.02.2014 / TERRY STEVENSON on safari with ORLANDO

Namibian Safari 1 Mar 2014 Sossusvlei - Dune Lark During our early morning excursion into the spectacular Sossusvlei area we stopped at Dune 1 just after sunrise to search for the endemic Dune lark. After a short walk unexpectedly we found 6 dune larks during their nice areal display. 2 Mar 2014 Walvis Bay - Red-Necked Phalarope Upon arrival in Walvis Bay we drove along the lagoon to the salt works in search of waders and flamingoes. We saw over 1000 Chestnut Banded Plovers within the lagoon area as well as 7 Damara Terms and thousands of Greater and Lesser Flamingoes feeding along the lagoon. The highlights of the day was a sighting of 12 Red-Necked Phalaropes floating in the lagoon area as well as 7 Oyster Catchers roasting on some rocks close to the guano platform. 4 Mar 2014 Achab Campsite- Herero Chat This morning after a short search and some calling we found a pair of Herero chats sitting on the dead trunk of a Commiphora bush. 5 Mar 2014 Erongo Wilderness Lodge - Hartlaubs Francolins Our morning walk was very enjoyable with many great bird sightings. We were fortunate to spot 4 adult Hartlaubs Francolins walking in front of the group before taking flight. 7 Mar 2014 Kalkfeld - Leopard After leaving Erongo Wilderness lodge we made our way north towards Etosha National Park. We were extremely lucky to spot a pair of leopards next to the road. The pair consisted of an adult female and a 6 month old cub, which were relaxing on a small granite outcrop next to the road. They quickly moved into the thicker thorn trees once we stopped. It was a great sighting of a wild leopard, something many people never get to see. 8 Mar 2014 Etosha National Park - Black Rhino This morning we headed out on an early morning drive which was very successful. We managed to find a Black Rhino grazing in the distance near the Newbronii waterhole. Later that day we found another Black Rhino only 20 meter from the road relaxing in the shade of some acacia trees near Sueda. 9 Mar 2014 Etosha National Park - Cheetah We were very lucky this morning after leaving Halali we found 2 adult cheetahs lying in the open near Goas waterhole. Around 10 oclock we found 2 adult male White Rhinos walking in the road near Pans Edge. We spent over 25 minutes following them until they moved into the bush. 9 Mar 2014 !Uris Lodge - Bare-Cheeked Babblers We arrived at the lodge in the late afternoon and were greeted by 7 Bare-cheeked Babblers flying through the gardens calling with their distinct voices. This was again a very successful tour with amazing sightings. We recorded over 289 Bird species including 14 endemic species as well as 31 mammal species. read more

27.02.2014 / ULTIMATE NAMIBIA #1 on safari with TARRY

Namibian Safari 1 Mar 2014 Sossusvlei - Dune Lark During our early morning excursion into the spectacular Sossusvlei area we stopped at Dune 1 just after sunrise to search for the endemic Dune lark. After a short walk unexpectedly we found 6 dune larks during their nice areal display. 2 Mar 2014 Walvis Bay - Red-Necked Phalarope Upon arrival in Walvis Bay we drove along the lagoon to the salt works in search of waders and flamingoes. We saw over 1000 Chestnut Banded Plovers within the lagoon area as well as 7 Damara Terms and thousands of Greater and Lesser Flamingoes feeding along the lagoon. The highlights of the day was a sighting of 12 Red-Necked Phalaropes floating in the lagoon area as well as 7 Oyster Catchers roasting on some rocks close to the guano platform. 4 Mar 2014 Achab Campsite- Herero Chat This morning after a short search and some calling we found a pair of Herero chats sitting on the dead trunk of a Commiphora bush. 5 Mar 2014 Erongo Wilderness Lodge - Hartlaubs Francolins Our morning walk was very enjoyable with many great bird sightings. We were fortunate to spot 4 adult Hartlaubs Francolins walking in front of the group before taking flight. 7 Mar 2014 Kalkfeld - Leopard After leaving Erongo Wilderness lodge we made our way north towards Etosha National Park. We were extremely lucky to spot a pair of leopards next to the road. The pair consisted of an adult female and a 6 month old cub, which were relaxing on a small granite outcrop next to the road. They quickly moved into the thicker thorn trees once we stopped. It was a great sighting of a wild leopard, something many people never get to see. 8 Mar 2014 Etosha National Park - Black Rhino This morning we headed out on an early morning drive which was very successful. We managed to find a Black Rhino grazing in the distance near the Newbronii waterhole. Later that day we found another Black Rhino only 20 meter from the road relaxing in the shade of some acacia trees near Sueda. read more

22.02.2014 / Audley Travel #2 on safari with TARRY & PEREZ

24 Feb 2014 Etosha National Park - Cheetah This morning we game drove our way across the park where we were very fortunate to spot 4 cheetahs, 1 adult female and 3 younger cubs, relaxing in amongst the thick Mopane trees. The young cubs were very playful chasing each other and climbing on the tree, but they quickly moved off out of sight. 24 Feb 2014 Etosha National Park - Lion Our best sighting on tour, which we visited numerous times was a fresh lion kill where a pride of over 20 lions had brought down a giraffe about 20 meters from the road. It was fantastic to watch the lions around the kill. By the time we got there all the lions had eaten themselves to the point of bursting. The pride was made up of two large males, about 8 adult females and about 10 younger lions between 1 and 2 years old. Lying about 10 meters away from the carcass was a mother lion with 3 tiny cubs about 2 weeks old. Unfortunately due to the overcast raining weather the lions were very inactive and we decided to return to the kill the next morning. 25 Feb 2014 Etosha National Park - Lion This morning we set out early to get back to the lion kill. We arrived to find a very different story than the day before. With the sun out there was a lot more activity and action around the kill with all the lions actively feeding. We watched the hierarchy in the food chain with the large males dominating one entire side of the kill, leaving the females and young to fight over the rest. We could hear large amounts of growling and snapping as the lions fed. We watched the show for over an hour before moving off. We returned to the kill before leaving the park around lunch time to find a pride of bloated lions asleep in the sun. Only a few of the younger lions were still feeding on the carcass. 25 Feb 2014 Etosha National Park - Black Rhino After stopping at the Namutoni Fort we made our way out the park. About 500m from the Fort we spotted a single black rhino grazing near the road in some acacia trees. We watched the rhino slowly make his way out of sight. After lunch we were very fortunate to see the same black rhino only a few hundred meters from where we saw him before lunch, this time in the open, allowing for great viewing. 27 Feb 2014 Mahangu National Park - Buffalo Our game drives into Mahangu National Park were very successful with many great bird sightings. The highlight of the morning was a quick but exciting sighting of 6 buffalo, which had been resting or grazing along the rivers edge. Once they heard the vehicles they ran out from there cover into thicker bush. The size and power of the animals is truly amazing to watch. The afternoon drive would reveal the biggest of the animals. We found 4 elephant bulls on 3 different sightings, the best being a bull having a mud bath close to the road. We watched as he enjoyed the fresh mud and cooling bath. 28 Feb 2014 Bwabwata National Park - Susuwe Core Area- Lion The drive to horse shoe started with great expectations when we found a large fresh leopard spoor in the road, which unfortunately didnt lead to anything. The drive was fairly quiet until the very end when we had a great sighting of two very large male lions. They had been resting in the shade of a small tree, surrounded by long grass and would have been impossible to have seen them if they hadnt jumped up as the vehicle went past. We were amazed at the size of these two males, which slowly moved off away from the road. It was really amazing to see these wild lions in their natural habitat. 3 Mar 2014 Chobe National Park - Elephant During our afternoon drive within the Chobe National Park we found approximately 300 elephants, buffalo and hippo grazing next to the river. It was a great way to end a fantastic safari. read more

25.01.2014 / AUDLEY TRAVEL #1 on Safari with ORLANDO & JIMMY

Namibian & Botswana Safari 27 Jan 2014 Etosha National Park - Black Rhino Our first afternoon drive in the park was successful when we found 2 black rhino near the newbronii waterhole. The adult cow and sub-adult bull were grazing in the bushes about 150m from the waterhole. We spent about half an hour with them before moving on in search of more game. 28 Jan 2014 Etosha National Park - Black Rhino This Morning we made our way east across the park from Okaukuejo towards Mushara Bush Camp. We spotted a large spotted hyena next to the road chewing very loudly on some old bones. After lunch we found another Black Rhino grazing about 500m from the road, standing in-between a few Mopane trees. 29 Jan 2014 Etosha National Park - Elephant & Lion The eastern side of the National park was full of excitement during both our morning and afternoon drives. During the morning drive we were extremely lucky to spot a mating pair of elephants and a small herd of 12 elephants next to the road. We watched them for about 30 min as they grazed along the road. During the afternoon drive we spotted two adult male lions resting under an acacia tree. 31 Jan 2014 Bwabwata National Park- Mahango Core Area This morning we took a scenic game drive into the Mahango National Park, where we saw an amazing number of water birds and other wetland animals. The highlight of the drive was a quick sighting of 2 rare roan antelope, which ran across the road in front of the vehicle. 2 Feb 2014 Chobe National Park - Elephant As we entered the Chobe National Park we were amazed at the numbers of wildlife. En route to Kasane we spotted a herd of 16 elephants moving across the road heading north towards the river and a few ground hornbills searching for food. The best sighting was a very quick glimpse of a leopard which ran out the long grass in front of the car and disappeared just as quickly once across the road. Our afternoon drive along the Chobe River was also very successful where we saw around 400 elephant grazing, drinking and bathing next to the river, with scattered hippos and buffalo inbetween. It was amazing to see such large numbers of wildlife if such a small area. 3 Feb 2014 Chobe National Park- Wild Dog & Lion Our last drive in Chobe National Park was a great way to end a fantastic Namibian safari were we spotted 2 very rare wild dogs running in the road about 10 meters from the vehicle. We were also fortunate enough to find 2 lions lying in the open floodplain. While we were watching they got up and walked right past the car into the thick bushes. It was great to witness these amazing animals so close to the vehicle. On the road back to the camp we counted over 350 buffalo grazing next to the river. Such a great day on Safari. read more

21.01.2014 / WISE on safari with TARRY

Namibian & Botswana Safari 22 Jan 2014 Africat Foundation - Leopard Our afternoon search for leopard started with a huge surprise when we found a collared leopard within the 2000ha safe area. We acted quickly to open nearby gates and managed to chase the leopard back into the conservation area. With the leopard being very stressed we decided to search for a different animal. We soon found another signal and the real search started. In-between a heavy shower and some very difficult off road driving we found a female leopard and 5 month old cub eating on a warthog in very thick bush next to a small river. We watched the two feeding for about 30min before they moved deeper into the bush and out of sight. Was really great to see 3 leopards in one drive and play a part in the conservation for the foundation. 23 Jan 2014 Africat Foundation - Cheetah Our early morning cheetah tracking activity also started with a surprise. As we were about to depart from the vehicle and begin the search on foot we saw a leopard moving through the bush. We followed the leopard in the vehicle and watched in amazement as the leopard chased a single male cheetah off a fresh kudu kill. The leopard chased the cheetah for a further 2 or 3 km before losing interest. It was fantastic to watch the interaction between the two predators. 23 Jan 2014 Etosha National Park - Elephant Upon our arrival into the park and en route to Okaukuejo we found 2 very large male elephants next to the road. The one male was showing clear signs of Musth, so we gave them space as her crossed the road in front of us. 24 Jan 2014 Etosha National Park- Lion & Rhino Our early morning drive around the southern areas of the National Park was very successful when we found a single black rhino bull grazing about 70m off the road. We watched him as he slowly moved deeper into the bush. The rest of the drive was dominated with lion when we found a large single male lying in the open at Gemsbokvlakte waterhole and a small pride of 5 lions, 3 male and 2 females on the W-detour road. We soon discovered that both females were in estrus. We watched the males mating with both females before the heat drove them deeper into the Mopane trees out of sight in search of shade. 25 Jan 2014 Etosha National Park Today our game drive took us across the park heading towards the eastern side. We were amazed at the number of plains game feeding on the new shoots in the open areas. Just before lunch we found black rhino 10 m from the main road, also feeding on the new growth. He was very relaxed and had a great sighting as he slowly grazed towards the pan. The best sighting of Etosha was a small breeding herd of 23 elephants walking down the road just after lunch east of Halali. We watched them as they approached spread out across the road. We positioned the vehicle in such a way to allow them to walk past the vehicle but with enough space as to not to disturb them. We then followed them as they walked along the road drinking at the small puddles next to the road and enjoying mud baths in the muddy patches. It was great being so close to them as they went about their business. About half an hour later we found a herd of giraffe looking very distressed. After a short search we found a young male lion lying in the deep shade about 100m off the road. 26 Jan 2014 Etosha National Park Our early morning game drive on the eastern side of the park revealed some amazing sightings, which started with two spotted hyena walking across the pan towards there den after a night of hunting. They walked right passed our vehicle before disappearing into the thick bush. About 20 min later we spotted a single cheetah drinking out of a small puddle in an open area, but it quickly moved to lie in the shade of a small bush to escape the sun. The afternoon drive was action packed from start to finish, beginning with a spotted hyena running across the pan with a springbuck in its jaws. The hyena stopped about 30m from the car in a puddle of water to eat the sp read more

05.07.2013 / BRUNNER on safari with TARRY

Namibian Safari 5 July 2013 Kalahari - Rock Monitor lizard Heading south towards the Kalahari we stopped to view a rather large Sociable Weaver nest. On closer inspection we found the birds under quiet a bit of distress, We then saw a large rock monitor lizard laying on top of the nest using his strong claws to break open the nest from the top and eat the eggs inside. 12 July 2013 Wolwedans - Small Spotted Genet Upon arrival at the Wolwedans base camp and checking in with our guide we herd some commotion from the trees in the court yard, were we found a small spotted genet climbing a small thorn tree in search of the red headed finches and house sparrows nests. 14 July 2013 Walvis Bay - Grey Whale During our boat cruise within the Walvis Bay harbour we were lucky to find and spot the extremely rear Grey whale. This bottom feeder is normally found in the northern hemisphere but has been in Walvis Bay for 2 weeks. It was a very rare once in a lifetime sighting! We also saw 2 southern right whales beyond the point. 15 July 2013 ErongoMountains - Pangolin The best sighting of our tour and on the best of my life was an incredible sighting of a small wild pangolin while en route for a sundower in the Erongo Mountain range. We found the rare and endangered pangolin under a bush next the road. It was very relaxed with our presence, allowing us to take some great photos. We strayed with the small pangolin and followed it as it moved quickly through the bushes in search of ants, returning to the vehicle after dark. 17 July 2013 Damaraland - Desert adapted Elephant. Our search for the desert adapted elephant lead us away from the dry river bed and deep into the hills to the north of the Aba-Huab river. We found a group of 14 elephants drinking from a small farm water tank. We stayed with them as them moved into the Mopani trees. After further tracking we found a single mother with a tiny 2 week old baby elephant. It was amazing to watch the mother carefully tend to the tiny baby. 20 July 2013 EtoshaNational Park On our first morning drive in the park we found 6 lions walking away from the Dolomite Point waterhole. We waited for the lions, 3 male and 3 female to cross the road in front of us. We then followed them as they moved through the scrub. Later that drive we disturbed a mother and calf black rhino which took off running across the road heading for the safety of the thick Mopani trees. On our way back to the lodge we spotted a young black rhino bull grazing near to the road. He was not disturbed with our presence and we watched him grazing peacefully for over 30 minutes. 21 July 2013 EtoshaNational Park Today we travelled across the western section of the park heading for Andersons gate. We found 2 male lions playing on a termite mound at Sonderkop waterhole and another 7 lions laying in the shade right next to the road at Otiozumbari Waterhole. 21 July 2013 Ongava Reserve - White Rhino On our pm game drive we found 5 white rhino in close proximity to each other. We were able to get close to the rhino and could hear them chewing the grass. We moved away from the rhinos and enjoyed a beautiful sundowner watching the rhinos peacefully grazing. On our way back to the camp we saw 4 more White rhino near to camp and 2 male lions read more

17.06.2013 / ULTIMATE NAMIBIA # 3 on safari with TARRY

Namibian Safari 20th June 2013 Walvis Bay During our morning boat cruise we were fortunate enough to have a large pod of bottlenose dolphins playing in the wake of the boat for around 30 minutes before they moved to the nearby shore to feed. They gave us an amazing display of speed and accuracy to herd the fish closer to shore. The most memorable sighting for the boat cruise was a brief sighting of an extremely rare grey whale. This bottom feeder has only been seen 3 times in 2 years. Just before reaching the harbor we stopped and lured a sub-Antarctic skewer closer to the boat. This deep sea bird sometimes rests in the harbor before heading out to sea again. 22nd June 2013 Damaraland Our search for the desert adapted elephant was long and difficult as we tracked there faint sights through heavy bush and over rocky terrain before we eventually found 13 desert adapted elephant in the hills north of the Petrified forest. They had moved into the area in search of water and new grazing. We watched as these gentle giants walked pass us down into the valley. 23rd June 2013 GrootbergPass After seeing signs of elephant on the pass we were rewarded with over 50 elephants grazing in the Mopane trees east of the Grootberg pass. 24th June 2013 EtoshaNational Park After leaving Dolomite camp, we headed east across the park towards Okaukuejo stopping at various waterholes along the way. We were fortunate to spot Honey badger running towards Duneveld Waterhole but being very quick and nervous he didnt stay long. The highlight of the day was an amazing sighting of over 50 elephant bathing, drinking and playing at the Okaukuejo waterhole during lunch.With luck on our side we arrived at exactly the right time to see the large group appear out of the distance heading for the waterhole at speed. This was one of the main highlights of the entire trip as everyone sat in awe watching the elephants perform in front of us. For the next hour we watched these amazing animals drink and bath with the youngsters playing in between the adults legs. 25th June 2013 EtoshaNational Park Today we drove further east across the park to Halali Rest Camp. The morning drive didnt reveal much other than a few birds and a lone black rhino wandering through the bush near Homob waterhole. Just before lunch we had over first major break through for the day with 18 elephant drinking and bathing at the Goas waterhole as well as a mating pair of lions resting under a bush near the waterhole. After a few minutes the lions got up and moved deeper into the bush out of sight. Our best sighting for the day happened just before sunset at Nebrowni waterhole. As we arrived we spotted a single lioness stalking a small herd of springbuck in the distance, but unfortunately the springbuck were moving too quickly for her to move into a decent position. After giving up the chase she moved off into the thick bush and we thought it was all over but decieded to wait around for a while. As luck would have it she returned to the waterhole to give us an award winning show as she called out before rolling and stretching less than 20meters from the vehicle. She then moved to the waterhole to drink allowing us some great shots with her reflection in the still water. After having her fill she once again moved off into the distance and out of sight. Just before returning to camp we spotted a large male elephant moving slowly towards Okaukuejo. We waited on the road for the large giant and allowed him to walk right in front of the vehicle close enough we could here every stone move under his feet. With that amaz read more

02.05.2013 / SIX PARTY on safari with ELVIS

Namibian Safari 3 May 2013 EtoshaNational Park Our game drive into the Etosha National park was amazing from the very start. At our very first waterhole we found 3 male lions lying in the shade about 30m from our vehicle. It was a great way to start a safari. We watched the lions for a while before moving off. Half on hour later and just leaving Okaukuejo we found 11 spotted hyenas walking across the road heading towards the pan. The clan had just finished drinking and were heading towards their den. Our great sightings continued when we found 8 lions near and around Olifantsbad waterhole. The lions were scattered around with a lioness lying in the shade on the southern side of the waterhole and a young male lying in the shade on the eastern side of the waterhole. An impressive male lion and 3 lionesses were walking along the side of the road heading away from the waterhole. We managed to move into a position to allow them to walk right past our vehicle, only meters from these powerful animals. The remaining two males were feeding on a recent kudu kill but there wasnt much left after the rest of the pride had eaten their full. We stayed with the lions for a while watching them fight over the scraps. We moved off once the main pride had disappeared into the thicker bush. We thought we had seen the best when to our luck we found a female leopard relaxing in the shade on the southern of the Aus waterhole in the shade. She wasnt worried about the vehicle and we were able to get a great view of her. We then returned to Olifantsbad to find no signs of the lions at all but instead a herd of 9 elephant heading towards the waterhole. We watched them drinking and having a bath before heading off. We stopped at Okaukuejo to stretch our legs and found another 2 large bull elephant drinking at the waterhole. It was interesting to watch them drinking only the freshest water as it was pumped in. What a great morning!!!! And we returned to the lodge for a well deserved lunch. 3 May 2013 Ongava Game Reserve - White Rhino After a great morning in the park we took part on an afternoon game drive within the Ongava Game Reserve. We found 4 white rhino resting around a waterhole. One of the rhino was resting in the shade close to the waterhole while the other three were drinking side by side. 4 May 2013 EtoshaNational Park Today we made our way west across the park into the previously restricted western section. It was fascinating to see the change in animal behaviour between the two sections and we were luck to see 26 elephant at different waterholes and next to the road as well as a pride of 8 lions lying near the Otizonmabari waterhole. 9 May 2013 Damaraland - Desert Adapted Elephant This morning we found the fresh tracks of a herd of desert adapted elephant heading west down the dry river bed. We followed the tracks and were happy to find a herd of 7 elephant moving towards a spring. The beautiful contrast between the green river foliage and dry barren rock landscape was incredible and highlights the elephants amazing ability to survive in these harsh conditions. 10 May 2013 Springbok Gate - Black Rhino While exploring the springbuck river we were very fortunate to spot a single lone black rhino resting in the shade up a small tributary. We felt very luck to see such an incredible and endangered animal in its natural environment. read more

01.05.2013 / SABELLA on safari with TARRY & JC

Namibian Hiking Safari 3 May 2013 NamibNaukluft National Park - Black Rhino During the 8 day hiking trail through the rugged yet amazing scenery we came across a variety of mammal and bird species. Being on foot gives one a chance to really appreciate the animals in there natural surrounding. Just after leaving camp on day 3, on a cold and windy morning we were very lucky to spot 2 endangered black rhino browsing high on a hill slope. Fortunately we were able to climb the opposite hill allowing us a great view of the rhino across the valley without the being aware of our presence. The mother and calf were peacefully grazing in a small depression out of the wind and shortly after seeing them they both ly down in the sun. We sat in silence allowing the significance of the sighting to settle in and to appreciate how lucky we were. Soon after our peaceful rhino sighting we stumbled onto 2 more black rhino. This time unfortunately we were not so lucky because once we had seen the rhino we were extremely close, only 25 meters, away on foot. We quickly took refuge to higher ground amongst some rocks. The Rhinos had been sleeping up a small tributary out of the wind with her small calf, and quickly picked up our scent which sent her and the calf charging through the bush towards the river, exactly were our path would have been. We were fortunate to experience the true power and speed of the rhino without being in dangers way. 8 May 2013 NamibNaukluft National Park - Spotted Hyena On our last night on the trail we were joined by two guests. Shortly after finishing dinner and after cleaning up we had two inquisitive spotted hyena walking around our camp. They followed us in the shadows as we moved around and prepared for bed. Once in bed we could here there foot steps as they inspected the entire camp before moving off into the darkness. 9 May 2013 Namib Naukluft National Park - Hartman Mountain Zebra During the decent back to the start we stumbled across a large herd of 42 Hartman mountain zebra using the same path as we were descending off the plateau. They stayed a comfortable distance ahead of us allowing us close enough to view them but at a safe distance. It was nice to see a large herd in the remote area. Just before reaching camp and the finish we spotted a Black Necked Spitting cobra in the river and after raising its hood to threaten us, it quickly moved off into a deep crevasse. read more

16.01.2013 / GUIDE EDUCATIONAL safari with ORLANDO

Namibia Safari 20th January 2013 HoanibRiver Soon after entering the Hoanib River we found fresh tracks of a large elephant heading west along the river bed. Our spirits were lifted even higher when soon spotted some fresh signs of elephant activity only to be rewarded by finding a large male desert adapted elephant standing under a large Ana tree in the middle of the river bed. It was just past lunch and he was enjoying the thick shade escaping the mid day heat. Due to his calm posture we were able to slow move past him without him even batting an eyelid. We left the gentle giant and proceeded further west were we found 4 more elephant (2 adult cows and 2 youngsters) resting in the shade. The youngster about 1 year old was oblivious to our presence and we watched him climb between moms legs to suckle while she kept an eye on us. With the sun beating down on the car we decided to move on and find some shade our selves. 21st July 2013 South of Hoanib River Today we head further south from the Hoanib River across the barren landscape towards the Uniab River. Along the drive we saw many larks and sparrow-larks flying in front of the vehicle and were amazed at the abundance of springbuck, Gemsbok and ostrich around a small spring. The sighting of the day was of a small Namaqua Chameleon perched on top of a dolomite rock. They do this to allow the wind to cool them down while escaping from the radiant heat from grounds surface. We watched him for a bit before continuing on our way. 22nd July 2013 Palmwag Concession Just before leaving the concession heading towards the Palmwag Lodge, we spot a single cheetah. It jumped out from behind a large Euphorbia damarana where it was relaxing in the shade and ran across the valley into the river bed. We managed to spot it climbing out the far bank towards a large clump of shady trees. It was great to see a cheetah in such a rugged environment. read more

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