New account of 15-day trip to Namibia for free. On this occasion we explain our experience on the first day of free safari in Etosha national park.
At 5:40 the alarm rang, but the roosters on the farm had already revealed to me a while earlier. Outside the store was an important morning fresco: about five degrees. So we dress at lightning speed. When I left the store, I was already clearing the horizon. We had instant coffee and a cupcake and set off. At half past six they opened the door of the national park and when we arrived there was already a line of six cars.
At the first door you have to get off and check the passengers and the car. Then they give you a permit, which can be one day or several. If you want to visit the park for more than one day, it is better to buy a multi-day permit because the following days you can skip the queue, as they let you in through the exit step.
Entrance to Etosha costs 80 Namibian dollars per person per day, plus 10 Namibian dollars per car. As we planned to be four days, we asked for a four-day permit and so we saved having to stand in line and pay every day. With the paper they give you at the door you have to enter the park and go to the nearest camp to pay. How do we get in Anderson Gatewe had to go until Okaukuejo, 17km from the entrance.
Once we had paid, we got back in the car and set out to tour the park and see what the nature that day. August belongs to the dry season, a period of extreme drought, so the whole landscape is very arid and dusty. The vegetation is dry and animals are barely visible. Peeero ... As there is little water, all animals are concentrated in the few ponds They have reservations all year. So, if you go to a pond, you will see a lot of animals drinking around. There we go following the indications of the park map.
Signs that indicate how to go to Etosha ponds
First we go north to the pond of Okondeka. There were very few cars, but few animals. Upon arriving there, the water was very far from the viewpoint area and in the distance there were black dots that we sensed were ostriches.
We decided to return to Okaukuejo and from there inspect other ponds. First of all we went to the point indicated on the map as «bread», An exceptional Etosha depression viewpoint, but there was not a hint of animals anywhere.
What remains of a giraffe after being devoured
We continue driving towards the ponds of Kapupuhedi, Ondongab and Homob but they were super dry. On the way between pond and pond we saw some orices, springboks and slender ostriches. In the middle of the brush we also saw a loner elephant dusty.
Where we did find a good congregation of animals was in the pond of Nebrowni, which is also very close to the area where you can stop the car. There we spent a long time contemplating how the animals made a pilgrimage to drink water. Again many orices, springboks and ostriches.
Although the map seems to be short distances, visiting this area of the park we were about four hours since the maximum speed at which you can drive is 30km / h. About 11:30 we decided to go back to Okaukuejo to refuel and adjust tire pressure.
This camp is the park base and one can stay in the rooms available or in the camping area, although you have to book well in advance. There is also a restaurant, a little heaped up, an office of post and a store of souvenirs. In «Tourist services» you can hire safaris in the park from 500 Namibian dollars. There we consulted which ponds really had water and they told us that the map on the Etosha website is not quite correct, that is better buy the paper store map.