What a weekend!
Thursday the 21st of March is Namibia’s independence day and we decided to celebrate in style.
Abby and I excitedly jumped in the back of a bakkie for our 3 hour drive. For the first time we were the only ones sharing the ride, what a luxury! We lay down, stretched out and listened to music.
Once we arrived at Otjiwarongo we settled in to our Hotel for the night, another luxury, we used the air conditioner the entire night! Amazing!
The next day Abigail and Danny picked us up and the 4 of us headed to Ryan’s humble abode in Ombika, right at the beginning of the Etosha National Park.
The 5 of us were reunited! Having only known these people for a few months it is crazy how close we’ve all become, it felt great being together again! We headed in to the location to meet some of Ryan’s local friends. They were very accommodating and celebrating independence day in style, with drinks and a braii. Yum! Our motto for the weekend quickly became “everything works out” as well as another one that is a little too inappropriate for this forum.
Then we went back to Ryan’s to enjoy some more time together and an amazing few of the full moon from the roof (we were later informed people can be considered witches when they go on roofs, woops.)
The next day we got up bright and early (and a little seedy), jumped back in the car and headed into the park. It didn’t take long before we began seeing giraffes, kudo, springbok, hyenas, lions, elephants, wilderbeasts, zebras and everything in-between.
To say it was amazing is a huge understatement. This is an experience that I really cannot describe and will never forgot. Seeing animals in the wild, interacting at the water holes just blew my mind.
There was one moment when we saw a herd of elephants that we forgot where we were and jumped out of the car to get pictures. We were promptly reminded by tourists nearby to get back in the car, they convinced us by pointing out a hyena a few metres away.
That evening we enjoyed a huge buffet at camp Namutoni in the heart of the park. We booked a campsite and a room. In the spirit of luxury we socialised at the campsite and slept in the room, air conditioner blowing all night.
The following day we went back through the park and came across my now favourite watering hole, Chudop. It was packed with every different kind of animal, we sat there in awe for at least an hour. The animals became a little skittish (particularly the giraffes) so we looked around and saw a hyena slowly walking towards the watering hole. The other animals backed off, but didn’t leave. The hyena sat himself in the water, covered himself in mud and enjoyed a dip, not going near a single animal. He eventually left and came back about 10 minutes later with his friend. Again, the animals backed off and again the hyenas simply wanted a dip in the water. This was an experience of a life time.
That evening we watched the sunset over the mountain and enjoyed cocktails on the balcony of the lodge.
This may sound a little corny, but I am so grateful that my life has taken me here and that I’ve been able to meet these 5 truly amazing people along the way.
Abby, Abigail, Ryan, Danny, Thad 💙