November 02

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LivingWell in Zambia, chapter 8: Namibian safari

Because you can’t get too much of a good thing, I decided to take another safari trip – this time to Etosha National Park in the north of Namibia. The terrain is very different; Namibia is very dry and there are huge salt pans in the area, meaning sparse foliage and very little water, which make ideal conditions for spotting animals. As October is about as hot as it gets before the rain (hopefully) comes, it was the perfect time to go.

I was desperate to see a rhino, which was so far the only one of the ‘big 5’ (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino) that had eluded me in Zambia. I wasn’t disappointed. It’s amazing that the giraffes and zebra are quite different to the Zambian ones in both colour and pattern. I travelled with Chameleon Safaris, who I would recommend.

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The very confident black rhino who happily crossed the road in front of us. Black rhinos are more common than white, though numbers are still low. He is missing his left ear.

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A rare tree in a very arid environment

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Lioness

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Another lioness, resting after a big lunch

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Zebra with baby zebra. Not as cartoonishly black and white as the Zambian ones, with brown stripes added too

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We interrupted lunch… oops

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Mummy ostrich (left), daddy ostrich (right) and baby ostriches in the middle

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Our guide reckoned the baby (aka bambi) was only a day or so old

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Continuing a theme, a baby elephant (mum just out of shot!)

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Watched a little bit of a fight, but no harm done

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Elephants inspiring a lot of #parentinggoals

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Kudu

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The classic family photo…