Go Big Namibia Day 4: Big Game


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Emeritta Lillo is on the road with the #GoBigNamibia tour. Each day she'll be sharing their adventures, so stay tuned for some handy travel tips and inspiration. Follow the team on Twitter @NamibiaHorizons #GoBigNamibia and Facebook for a chance to win

Today was wildlife day! We woke up early to see the sunrise at Namutoni, a hotel inside Etosha national park built around an old German fortress (fun fact: Ees' great-great-great Grandfather was stationed at the fort at the turn of the century). After breakfast we boarded an open game drive vehicle and set off early with Gerson from Namibia Guiding services.

During the day we spotted lions, rhino, masses of elephants and giraffe, eland, kudu, oryx, and even a cheetah!

Liz missed her calling to be a wildlife guide - she was spotting game camouflaged in the bush before the guide...

We made a stop at the expansive salt pans, and took some mandatory jumping pictures. Around 4 we pulled into Okakeujo on the Western side of the park.

Here we met up with Sunday Nelenge, the passionate area manager for Namibia Wildlife Resorts. He explained to us the work that is being done in Etosha to ensure the park remains what it is today for generations to come.

Insider tip: Sunday says 4 days is the perfect amount of time to spend in Etosha. Check out our top 5 things to do in Etosha here.

We’re heading to the spectacular Okakeujo waterhole now for a nightcap…

 

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The Go Big Namibia team get ready for a serious safari - Emeritta, Laurel, Rachel, Ees and Liz

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Game watching tip: lookout for wildlife hiding from the midday sun in the shade of the trees

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A giraffe and an oryx (or gemsbok as we call them here) running from a waterhole

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Rachel leaning in for a good shot

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If you look closely between the bushes you might be lucky enough to see these tiny antelope, the dik diks

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Elephants strolling to a waterhole

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Getting right up close to the action

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Sunday from Namibia Wildlife Resorts 

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Spotting lions in the dark

 

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