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ETOSHA - Namibia scouting trip September 2016

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 3rd Oct 2016

This is a collection of photos taken on a 6 day scouting trip I recently completed. I spent 3 nights in the west and 3 nights in the east of Etosha National Park in Namibia to get a better feel of the park and to scout some of the better waterholes that offer photographic opportunties. Highlights were a Leopard at Olifant Bad waterhole, a male Cheetah, Lions at Okondekka, my first sighting of a Ludwig's Bustard, lots of Giraffe, Red Hartebeest, Gemsbok and Springbok, Elephants and a fantastic martial Eagle.

These are the kind of images we can expect to achieve on next years "ETOSHA & SECRETS of the KALAHARI DESERT" photo safari, which will be focussing on African wildlife that has adapted to dry and harsh environments. Both 2017 trips have sold out, but we will be running the same itinerary in 2018.

Enjoy some of the photos.

Best wishes

Stu

Zebra and Red Hartebeest
Zebra and Red Hartebeest
Black Faced Impala
Black Faced Impala
Black Rhino
Black Rhino
Gemsbok
Gemsbok
Lions drinking
Lions drinking
Sunrise
Sunrise
Ludwig's Bustard
Ludwig's Bustard
 Leopard at Olifant Bad waterhole
Leopard at Olifant Bad waterhole
Lioness near Gemsbokvlakte
Lioness near Gemsbokvlakte
Red Hartebeest
Red Hartebeest
Red Hartebeest
Red Hartebeest
Cheetah
Cheetah
Lions and Ostriches - composite image
Lions and Ostriches - composite image
Namaqua Sandgrouse
Namaqua Sandgrouse
Blacksmith Lapwing
Blacksmith Lapwing
Springbok
Springbok
Okondekka Waterhole
Okondekka Waterhole
Springbok
Springbok
Kori Bustard
Kori Bustard
Female Springbok
Female Springbok
Gemsbok
Gemsbok
Male Lion
Male Lion
Giraffe
Giraffe
Springbok
Springbok
Springbok fighting
Springbok fighting
Springbok drinking
Springbok drinking
Giraffe and Gemsbok
Giraffe and Gemsbok
Okaukuejo Waterhole
Okaukuejo Waterhole
Zebra drinking
Zebra drinking
Gemsbok
Gemsbok
Springbok
Springbok
Elephant
Elephant
Elephant mud bathing
Elephant mud bathing
Having a rest
Having a rest
Secretary Bird
Secretary Bird
Greater Kestrels - composite image
Greater Kestrels - composite image
Dark Chanting Goshawk
Dark Chanting Goshawk
Old Elephant Bull
Old Elephant Bull
Elephant
Elephant
Giraffe feeding
Giraffe feeding
Giraffe
Giraffe
Giraffe - composite image
Giraffe - composite image
Fresh water Terrapins
Fresh water Terrapins
Cape Teal
Cape Teal
Black Shouldered Kite
Black Shouldered Kite
Giraffe
Giraffe
Black Rhino
Black Rhino
Jackal drinking
Jackal drinking
Greater Kudu
Greater Kudu
Eland
Eland
Blue Wildebeest
Blue Wildebeest
Lion and Jackal
Lion and Jackal
Zebra and Giraffe
Zebra and Giraffe
Giraffe
Giraffe
Zebra
Zebra
Male Black Faced Impala
Male Black Faced Impala
Zebra drinking
Zebra drinking
Zebra drinking
Zebra drinking
Giraffe and Martial Eagle
Giraffe and Martial Eagle
Red - eyed - Bulbul
Red - eyed - Bulbul
Red Hartebeest
Red Hartebeest
Martial Eagle
Martial Eagle
Giraffe
Giraffe
Hartman's Mountain Zebra
Hartman's Mountain Zebra
Gemsbok
Gemsbok
Giraffe
Giraffe
Giraffe
Giraffe
Blue Wildebeest
Blue Wildebeest
Damara Dik Dik
Damara Dik Dik
Elephants
Elephants
Elephants a waterhole
Elephants a waterhole
Martial Eagle take off - composite image
Martial Eagle take off - composite image

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2 Comments

  • Every shot of these wonderful animals makes me long to come back to Africa for another visit.  Thanks for sharing these remarkable photos with us.  Hope to see you soon for another Wild 4 Adventure!!!

    Toni Anderson - October 04th, 2016 at 5:33pm

  • Some amazing photos there Stu, plenty of DOF use mate…

    Del Hunter - October 04th, 2016 at 10:26pm

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