On our way to the Etosha National Park we met my sister and my brother in law in order to travel the park together during the next three days.
In all our time in Kruger, Hluhluwe and Milwane we had only seen one lonely springbock but in Etosha they were the new impalas. There were hundreds of them and they were of the same elegance and beauty. We were simply surprised by the fact that they rarely do their characteristic high jumps but when they do, it looks stunning.
We stayed the first two nights at the Okaukuejo camp which wasn’t too special in terms of accommodation or meals but their waterhole was outstanding. You could literally go there at any time of the day or night and there was always something happening. There were entire elephant herds including some of the tiniest baby elephants we have ever seen drinking and there were giraffes. All our time in the other parks we were hoping to see them drink as they have to take quite a special pose to reach the water. And finally we saw them, even though they are quite anxious animals and therefore need hours to get closer to the water.
But we had to wait until late afternoon until the highlight of the day showed up. We were taking our last drive into the park when my sister suddenly discovered a male lion. He passed us in only a few meters distance and then crossed the street right in front of our car. But the show wasn’t over yet. As soon as he was on the other side he prepared his attack on a lonely zebra. We couldn’t believe that he was serious – and he probably wasn’t. Because when he started his attack and the zebra took off he immediately aborted the hunt. Maybe he just did it for the fun of it… and we were joking about the zebra before!