Rundu to Etosha and Etosha National Park

Drying of the environment is evident as we travelled south to Etosha National Park – Long walks to water for villagers. Many villagers are wood carvers in the agricultural communities. The Lodge we stayed at supports the local village school, social services etc. Like many lodges in Africa.

Stayed at Large lodges in middle of Etosha National Park- for three nights – on way in visited two water holes – giraffe, zebra and a pride of lions under a tree. 50 degree heat – even the breeze is like an oven. White rhinos, black faced impala, kudu, Oryx, zebra, impala, wildebeest, elephants and numerous birds have crossed our path. It is difficult to believe so much life is in this desert. The heat is stifling. Etosha Salt Pan desert dominates the park, roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. The hypersaline conditions of the pan limit the species that can permanently inhabit the pan itself. The salt pan fills with water briefly in the summer, when it attracts pelicans and flamingos in particular that feed on the small brine shrimp which are found in the water. The shrimp eggs hibernate in the dry mud until the rainy season when they hatch and emerge. There are some perennial springs in the park and animals as well as birds stay in the park year round. Game is found around the water holes so is easy to locate. Two game drives each day  No gunshots or noxious insects in the rooms. Millions of moths though – they are everywhere, along with 99% of the worlds sugar ant population.

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