Namibia Road Trip - 2018

We had a roommate while there that we named Betty — a very large brown spider who lived behind the toilet tank. Sometimes we could see her plastered to the wall beside the toilet but most of the time she sequestered herself behind the tank leaving only her tiny legs on one side sticking out to remind us she was still there. She was a quiet and unobtrusive guest. We left her alone and she ignored us in return.

The public areas of Mushara were very pretty and the food they served was delicious.

We liked the opportunities to dine under the stars as well as on the open-sided patio. The weather was conducive to both settings and the Namibian skies are really pretty astonishing. Perhaps this is a good place to mention our astonishment at the menus of all the camps we enjoyed! At other times and places in Africa, we had only rarely seen African game meat offered. But in Namibia, every place served kudu, eland, springbok, Oryx and some mystery meats. We were told that there are game farms supplying these meats to the populace. They are not slaughtering the animals they are protecting in parks and conservation preserves! From Mushara, we did our own safaris into the Park checking out the waterholes indicated on the park map: Chudop, Klein Numatoni, Klein Okevi and Groot Okevi, Aroe and Tsumcor. Some of these are natural and others are manmade with water levels maintained. Their “productivity” as the experienced waterhole watchers explained, varied by time of day, water levels, heat and cold, and what animals frequented each one. We saw great varieties of antelopes, zebras, giraffes, wildebeest, elephants, warthogs, jackals, even some hyenas. But the biggest variety was among the birds—both water types and what I call the “tweety birds” like lilac-breasted rollers, bee-eaters, white browed sparrow weavers, helmeted guinea fowl and lots of hornbills, plus numerous others both known and unknown to us.

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