Before we move on to the next part of our holiday travel, I wanted to share one last round of photos from Erindi Game Reserve. Lisa’s one sentence summary of Erindi, “All of the beauty and animals of Namibia combined with all the comfort of a five-star, western-style accommodation.” And all you can eat buffets for every meal!
This black rhino is named Lippy by the guides due to an injured lip. He was a bit shy and was constantly on the move. Luckily, Lippy moved from the brush into a large clearing so we had a good view of him for a bit. This is the only rhino we have spotted so far in Namibia (and Botswana).
A male lion relaxing with two females during the heat of the day.
These three elephants met for a drink at the watering hole and then went for a swim to cool off. And they gave trunk hugs to each other as a greeting.
One of the elephants decided to exit the water hole by throwing its weight around and plowing right through a large group of hippos. They scattered unhappily in all directions. Note the maribou stork enjoying the show and high stepping in the background.
Two waterbuck. This variety of antelope has a distinctive white circle on their hindquarters.
Our view from the safari vehicle with Tim our guide at the wheel. Since Erindi is a private reserve, the guides are allowed to go off road which helped us to get some great photos of animals and birds. A termite mound is on the right side of the dirt track.
A photogenic crocodile sunbathing at the water hole at Erindi Lodge. You didn’t even have to go on a game drive to view animals at Erindi. We saw crocs, hippos, elephants, zebra, wildebeest and many species of birds all while sipping our coffee on the viewing deck.
Many times you would see the giraffes off to the side of the road, their heads all that was visible bobbing above the acacia trees. This group posed on the road for us.
We had to travel a bit from the lodge area to get to cheetah habitat – wide open plains with less brush that is more suited to the cheetah’s quick sprint predatory style.