08/12/ – 13/12/2017
When Urs returns on Friday, he is happy that everything went according to his plan in his absence, but he has to get rid of a justified complaint towards my direction: there is no stock of cold beer in the house! Oh man, sorry, sorry, sorry, big beginner’s mistake.
The next morning, our beer problem is solved and the Landcruiser is prepared for a short round trip through the Kaokoland. Urs and I are accompanied by two nice teachers called Flo and Janey who have started their holidays just in time for our plan.
In Puros, we relax under a tree roof where we are warned not to leave any food outside as this will attract elephants. Fortunately/Unfortunately, the elephants do not visit us, but a jackal who is more afraid of our “pack” than we are of him and clears off.
During our excursion, the rides from camp to camp turn out to be even more beautiful than the terrific destinations themselves: the gorgeous landscapes are roamed by the animals living here and we can enjoy many beautiful moments. In and by the two dry rivers Khumib and Horusib we sight monkeys, giraffes, ostriches, springboks, zebras and oryxes and as a special highlight we actually see one of the famous “desert elephants”. This animal officially does not belong to a separate species, but, due to the local conditions, differentiates from his big brother, the African elephant. The desert elephant is smaller and has noticeably larger footprints (to not sink in the sand too easy). The pachyderm patiently poses for us and seems to enjoy being photographed.
Here and there, we see some “lonemen” and even discover one that seems to be completely new here (What is the Loneman? – my experiences from 2016).
After an overnight stay in Okangvati, Janey and I separate from the other two because I want to show her the Epupa Falls. For me, it is the third visit to this impressive spectacle of nature, Janey, however, sees these water masses for the first time and is enthusiastic. Also at this campground – where we do not camp, but sleep on the back of the Landcruiser under the open sky – we get to see a lot of animal neighbours: a colourful gecko and a giant lizard enjoy the sun with us and a pack of monkeys roam in the morning and entertain us even more than any breakfast television.
On our return, we make friends with various giant baobabs and watch a small snake digesting a gecko.
The Kaokoland has breathtaking corners and I find the different landscapes here fantastic. I am so thankful for this trip that I am sure I will not forget so soon.