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Wednesday 11th October

(The link above takes you to all the photos I took on the 11th October. There are a lot!)

It was a long drive to Okonjima – 225.6km – along one of Namibia’s main roads. It started in Windhoek, as the A1, a dual carriageway. Later the central reservation disappeared and it became the B1. South of Okahandja there were lots of road works as the dual carriageway was extended northward.

We noticed that there were fences all along the road. This part of Namibia is covered by huge farms most of which are white-owned. Going by the names the original owners were German.

Eventually we got to our turn off for Okonjima and drove the remaining 21km on a dirt road. We had to stop at a gate where our names were checked to confirm that we could enter Okonjima Nature Reserve. And we saw our first wild animals.

Impala on the road into Okonjima

Soon we arrived at the Bush Camp, served a cooling fruit juice and checked in.

Chris relaxing in the Bush Camp Reception

We were shown to our lodge which was overlooking the wooded plains of the reserve.

Our lodge, number 9!
Decoration by our door.
The leopard gate into the reception area

That afternoon we went on a game drive with John M, one of Okonjima’s game rangers. This was a very successful drive – we saw many different animals and John knew all about them. The following photos will give you a flavour of what we saw.

Plains Zebra (Stripes go under belly and down legs, There are grey stripes. Mountain Zebras do not have that.)
Head of Plains Zebra
Giraffe in the bush.
A male leopard. Our first siting.

Many of the leopards of Okonjma are collared making them easier to be found. This male was relatively easy to spot; the female was deep in the bush and John had to make a new path to get our truck nearby – see the photos further down this page

Getting a bit closer.
Has he spotted us? Probably not – he sees our vehicle, not the people inside.
A Kory Bustard looks at us looking at the leopard.
Ready for his close-up.
The leopard goes off hunting observed by another group of tourists.
Male impala – only males have horns.
Female leopard. Her collar allows her to be tracked. The red on her nose is blood.
Showing her teeth
Licking her lips
I like her eyes.

She had her latest kill nearby, high in a tree. It was an antelope of some sort. the day after we saw her another group saw her and her cub.

Thursday 12th October

We got up quite early as we had booked a trip to see Okonjima’s cheetahs.

The reception area at Okonjima Bush Camp
We were up in time to see the sunrise

Okonjima’s cheetahs are not really wild. They have five cheetahs in a 29 hectare enclosure. Most have been rescued. The reserve found that cheetahs could not co-exist with leopards in the concentration found in the reserve. So now the cheetahs do not hunt – they are fed every day with non-live meat. I wonder if they are bored?

One of Okonjima’s cheetahs
The cheetah has spotted our truck
What have they spotted?
Our early morning drive to the cheetahs

Back at Bush Camp reception we had a late breakfast while we watched oryx crossing the plains on the far side of the waterhole.

Oryx on the far side of the waterhole

Then we retired to our lodge and sat on the veranda looking at the passing wildlife.

Giraffes seen from our veranda
A southern yellow-billed hornbill
Guinea Fowl
Kudu on an afternoon stroll
I recorded this duiker on my phone. It had no fear.

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