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A great afternoon

A great afternoon

Today would be our second and final day in Etosha National Park. Alas, we must go on! Of course we hope to get the maximum out of this day at least so we’re standing early at the gates again. We’re all still sleepy from yesterday. About one hundred meters after the entrance we’re wide awake. A lioness is stalking a prey! The prey turns out to be a Springbok. Sadly the stalking takes a long time and because of the dense bushes we lose sight of the animals after a while. So we move on. In the morning we see about the animals we’ve seen already. Just like yesterday we go swimming in Halali. Completely freshened up we go at it for the last time in the afternoon. If any animal is planning on showing itself, now is the time!

We’ve been on the road for only a short while when we see a car standing still. We also stop and check what’s about. Perhaps he’s just look at a Giraffe or something like that and we’ve seen those enough for now! Soon I see a big cat sitting under a tree: a Cheetah! I’m very glad because this means a new cat species! Sadly the Cheetah is sitting pretty far away, but we’re very glad to have seen it at least, because five minutes after our arrival it lies down and it cannot be seen anymore because of the thick grass. Although the pictures are very bad, it’s still very great to have spotted the fastest land animal on earth in the last hours in the park!

In high spirits we go on. We’re driving via Olifantsbad, where yesterday we had such tense moments. Now we are passing an area with quite a lot of trees and that is good for the other cat species: Leopard! Yesterday we also checked this area but didn’t see anything. Now we see suddenly a couple of cars standing still. In this area that can only mean one thing: there is a Leopard in the tree! Soon we spot it in the tree, that is not so easy though, because it’s protective colour makes it hard to distinguish from the tree. When you’ve found him, he can actually be seen very good. Slowly we are able to move the car close until we finally stand under its tree. Then we’re about 15 meters separated from the leopard. Awesome! I keep shooting, but sadly also here we have to move on after a while. It is my finest moment in Africa! I can hardly choose between the pictures so you can slide through them in the gallery!

We also succeeded in seeing the Elephants by the way, in the daylight they look a lot friendlier.

 

Curious about the other cats we saw in Africa? Click here!

Want to see more birds of Africa? Have a look at birds of the savannah, birds of the African garden, the swamp and hornbills.

You can also read about mammals. Hippo’s in the Okavango, Elephants and the Ungulates of Africa.

Africa has some beautiful landscapes, check out the posts about Okavango, Spitzkoppe and Sossusvlei.

LennartVerheuvel

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