11.07.2017 30 °C
9 July 2017
We had a 6.30am breakfast at the lodge and were packed up and on the road at 7.00am. We had another full day of game drives in the truck, which is great because you are high up and the windows slide down. Not so great when 20 people try to take photos from one side of the truck.
We were off to a great start, before long we saw elephants near the road, some rhinos (they always seem to hide in the bushes) and a lion in the distance. We drove for hours on the bumpy, dusty road and saw so many animals. The highlight was seeing several groups of elephants close up … they are huge! The lowlight would have to be the long drop toilet stop … eeewww. We also drove on the salt flats and were allowed to get out there.
We arrived at our next accommodation in the park, Okaukuejo Lodge, around 2.00pm and had lunch at the truck. The next game drive was leaving at 3.00pm but I was just too tired and too sore from bouncing around in the truck to go back out again. Jude and I had a leisurely afternoon – walked to the store to buy an ice cream and relaxed in our rooms (did some blog writing). In the late afternoon we went to the waterhole before dinner. This is a similar set up to the other lodge with a safe viewing area and waterhole that is floodlit at night.
We had a lovely dinner at the truck – steak, potato salad, pumpkin and bean salad followed by apple crumble and custard. Clever and JP had been working very hard. After dinner we went back to the waterhole to catch the night action. There were a couple of rhinos drinking and a giraffe standing very still in the background. After the rhinos had finished and wandered off the giraffes came in for a drink, then a springbok and another couple of giraffes. The giraffes are very cautious and wait a long time before bending to drink.