Namibia Road Trip - 2018

Namibia is a very large country in area, as big as France and Germany combined, but it is one of the least densely populated nations on earth with around 2.2 million inhabitants. Except for transport trucks, the majority of fellow travelers were tourists like us, driving their rented Nissans, Toyotas and Land Rovers from one animal viewing spot to another. But there was enough traffic to inspire confidence should we have encountered car troubles like flat tires or any other mishap. However, none of those happened to us; we were very happy tourists indeed! SAFARI CAMPS VISITED While on this self-drive trip we stayed in five different safari camps: four of them were outside Etosha National Park (Mt. Etjo, Hobatere, Mushara, and AfriCats) with only Halali inside the park boundaries. Why? Because the private reserves offer night safaris and the accommodations are much more interesting and comfortable. The drawback to staying outside is that you cannot drive on the private properties yourself—you have to book safaris with them. However, you can drive from your camp into the Park at will from sunrise to sunset for an entry fee covering the number of days you plan to be in the area. There are big fines for overstaying the set hours allowed for being in the Park. But we were obedient and made sure we were out on time. We felt that we had the best of both worlds by staying outside most of the time because we had the benefit of the excellent guides and spotters by booking with the camp and yet we could drive into the park and sit at waterholes as long as we pleased. If something interesting was happening, we did not have to accept the guide’s programmed itinerary and time table. We could (and did) sit at some of the most productive waterholes for hours at a time. M T . E TJO S AFARI L ODGE

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