Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Watering Holes

Animals flock to drink at the many waterholes in Etosha.  During the dry season in the winter the traffic at the waterholes looks like Atlanta at 5 o'clock on a weekday afternoon.  But unlike Atlanta traffic this traffic is really fun to watch!

Oryx, springbok, and zebras at a watering hole

We stayed at two different campsites in the park.  Both had watering holes nearby, so when we weren’t on game drives, we sat with cool beverages and watched the animals come and go.  Some came alone, but most were in groups.  This was way better than the Discovery Channel!

Giraffes and oryx at the watering hole near our campsite in Etosha National Park

We had quite a treat on our last night in the park.  Seven black rhinos visited the waterhole at our camp and stayed for several hours!  There are fewer than 5,000 black rhinos remaining, so we were very lucky to see so many at one time.  Unfortunately poachers continue to kill a rhino every 15 hours, and the species could be extinct within a decade.

Black rhinos at the watering hole near our campsite at Etosha National Park


  1. This from a girl who hated zoos! You must have known you would see the animals in the wild.

  2. I love keeping up with your adventures! What an amazing experience. Thanks for sharing!