The news from Etosha all relates to the first seasonal rainfall. The great pan itself remains bone dry but there are pools of standing water along the roads and in the bush. The distinctive pale clay of the pan is starting to turn into the celebratory body paint that many species like to welcome the coming rains with. Black rhino turn white, the huge Etosha elephant bulls get zebra stripes, tar black Land Rover tyres get white walled and there are some excellent photo opportunities to be had. It will be a while before the pale pans are ringed with a sea of fresh grass but the change is approaching. As the rains continue over the coming months the most obvious wildlife movements in the park will be herds of elephant who head north and the permanent waterholes are less critical for the local wildlife. Today though, muddy puddles aside, it is very much business as usual for Mushara’s guides.
Petrus reports that on one drive with his clients last week he found, ‘a black rhino looking very white just before Fort Namutoni…before that we quickly stopped at Klein Namutoni where there was a huge male lion relaxing (they went on to see another 3 lion and another black rhino), 80 elephant at Chudop waterhole, lots of male kudu, springbok, a leopard tortoise, black backed jackals, zebra, giraffe and Kori Bustard.’ Petrus also mentioned that over two days he has been seeing a cheetah and her four cubs. They watched a failed springbok hunt and the following day spotted her again minus two cubs. We are hoping to hear shortly that they were just keeping a low profile that day.
Mushara offers the perfect base for exploring Etosha either as a self driver or with their guides who were all born in the area. From the family friendly value of Bush Camp to the luxurious fully inclusive Outpost Marc and Mariza have created a fabulous Etosha solution.