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Waterberg Plateau, Namibia
Our last stop in Botswana was the Waterberg Plateau. The Waterberg Plateau is located in Eastern Namibia (map) and stands about 200m tall. It’s impressive red stone is not only beautiful, but contains quite a bit of history. In addition to several thousand year old rock carvings in the area, dinosaur tracks from ~200 million years ago have been found.Continue Reading The Full Post >
Etosha National Park – Namibia, Africa
After spending two weeks focused on the many wonders of Southern Africa, both of us were fired up to finally enter the open African wilderness and start observing some of the most incredible animals on the planet, outside of a enclosed zoo, for the first time in our lives. An experience that had always been a dream for us, and certainly for many, finally was becoming a reality. This is what travel is all about.
While Etosha National Park is not often mentioned in discussions of the best parks in Africa, it will forever have a special place in our hearts. It is home to the first lion, giraffe, elephant, rhino, zebra and many other beautiful animals that we saw in the wild.
During our two days in the park, we went out on several game drives looking for as many animals as we could possibly find. Below is a collection of our favorite views from our time spent in Etosha. Hopefully it gives you a sense of the diversity of animals and beauty that you can see in such a short amount of time.Continue Reading The Full Post >
El Dorado Farm – Namibia, Africa
As we left behind the children of Mondesa and the Namibian city of Swakopmund, we headed north with great anticipation of making our first major animal sightings in Etosha National Park. Cape Town, the Fish River Canyon and the Namibian Dunes had all blown us away, but both of us were ready to start counting down the big five in the African wilderness.
We broke up the long drive to Etosha with a short stop at a local farm, located seemingly in the middle of nowhere. This was not an ordinary farm that we were used to passing by on long road trips through the states. The normal fields of cattle had been replaced with fields of cats. Cheetahs, leopards and caracal – how fitting for Africa. The owners of the farm we were visiting had rescued these cats from their imminent death by other local farmers for feasting on their precious livestock.
While the whole experience of seeing these incredible cats felt somewhere between being in a zoo back in Chicago and exploring the great Serengeti plains, it offered a fun opportunity to see these cats up close and to capture a few great photos. We hope you get a feel for it through the pictures below.Continue Reading The Full Post >