Etosha Pan: Onkoshi to Okonjima

Okonjima - from the Herero word meaning place of the baboons, lies nestled in the unspoilt beauty of the Omboroko Mountains, part of the well-known Waterberg Plateau, halfway between Windhoek and Etosha. Okonjima offers a variety of different accommodation facilities and is also home to the AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organisation committed to the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores and other endangered species.

🙂 Amazing camp at Okonjima. Leopards. Lovely people. Fantastic Okanjima Staff.

🙁 More rain! Corrupt NWR staff.

Saturday, 9th January 2021: Etosha Pan, Onkoshi Okanjima (240Km) – Windhoek Airport (218Km) 30C

Great night’s sleep. Up at 06h30 and packed and ready for breakfast at 07h00. Bumped. into our feisty elephant again but he let us pass with no further ado! Easy drive out to the gate.

The lady at the gate was a snake and insisted that we had not paid for for 6 days, which we had – she accepted a bribe as we did not have time to drive back to office. Outrageous behaviour from NWR staff. Grrr…. I asked for a receipt so that I could have evidence but she refused to gibe me on. As we left we saw the police and anti-poaching unit searching various cars – so sad ascertain it must have been a poached rhino the day before.

Stopped to buy some snacks and hit the road. Another massive blow out!!! Such bad luck with this vehicle! The road was as hectic as hell with drivers going way too fast. Fortunately our guardian angel was with us and again a vehicle stopped with two good Samaritans who helped us out! We gave them some cash which they reluctantly took.

Arrived at Okanjima at 14h15 and enjoyed some tea and cake. Shopped up a storm in the great shop on site. We then headed off to track leopard with a lovely young couple who were friends of the owners.

Great fun tracking and finding a big male leopard – but the heavens opened and the poor creature was drenched!

We headed back and got changed and ready for dinner. The couple joined us and we had a great meal with lots of wine – a fantastic end to a fantastic trip.

We headed off after breakfast the next morning and dropped the vehicle outside the airport before heading back home to the UK feeling very sad but very fulfilled. Wonderfully blessed and grateful to have enjoyed such a remarkable trip and being treated with such fantastic experiences and wildlife sightings.

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