Paul Godard Portfolio

 2020-09 NA Onguma-Epupa-Puros [46 images*** | random | see 126 more images**]

Luxury and adventure combined in one trip!

A very special treat at the luxury Onguma Lodge where we were upgraded to the only guests in the honeymoon suite at the Fort... wow!

We then drove through Etosha national park from Okaukuejo gate to the western gate passed the Dolomite Camp.  Then the adventure started with a few wildcamps along the Kunene river and a 2 nights at Epupa Falls where we met our new Dutch friends, Charlotte and Arno.  The intention was to drive together to Puros through the begining of Van Zijl road the following the Kuhumib and Hoarusib riverbeds... but as they were renting a 4x4 there were not allowed to go off D roads... meaning through riverbeds.  So we took 2 different paths and spent a night together at Puros.  The irony is that the only small portion of D road on our path – the D3703 which is the begining of the Van Zijl road – was in fact 10 times worst than any river beds we drove through!  We spent almost 3 h driving the last 5 km before turning south at Otjitanda!   For the first time, we drove through the beautiful Puros canyon where the Hoarusib river was still flowing and then reached the Hoanib river and spent our last night at the Elephant Song campsite watching elephants browsing below the cliffs in the riverbed.


Warthogs

Warthogs

dry pan with green algae

dry pan with green algae

Cheetah Family

Cheetah Family

heron bird & egyptian goose on dead branch at waterhole & cheetah

heron bird & egyptian goose on dead branch at waterhole & cheetah

sunset on trees at waterhole

sunset on trees at waterhole

Lisa at Kunene river waterfalls

Lisa at Kunene river waterfalls

cracked muddy riverbed

cracked muddy riverbed

elephants browsing in riverbed

elephants browsing in riverbed

spriboks watching in dry grass

spriboks watching in dry grass

Lisa at waterfall

Lisa at waterfall

trees in riverbed

trees in riverbed

baobab tree near waterfall

baobab tree near waterfall

baobab tree along D3703 gravel road

baobab tree along D3703 gravel road

trees in riverbed

trees in riverbed

deck with pool

deck with pool

spriboks running in dry grass

spriboks running in dry grass

baobab trees near waterfall

baobab trees near waterfall

white bark tree on rocky hill

white bark tree on rocky hill

cracked muddy riverbed

cracked muddy riverbed

bird on tree branch

bird on tree branch

oryx in dry pan with green algae

oryx in dry pan with green algae

baobab in front of zebra mountain

baobab in front of zebra mountain

elephants browsing in riverbed

elephants browsing in riverbed

tortuous tree

tortuous tree

Zebras

Zebras

sprigboks lining in tree shade

sprigboks lining in tree shade

malke kudu

malke kudu

spriboks near borehole

spriboks near borehole

hot spring pool

hot spring pool

powdery dust tracks

powdery dust tracks

young cheetahs & mother drinking at waterhole & zebras

young cheetahs & mother drinking at waterhole & zebras

elephant footprints in pan

elephant footprints in pan

ranger on rocky beach along Kunene river

ranger on rocky beach along Kunene river

baobab trees near waterfall

baobab trees near waterfall

wildebeests under tree

wildebeests under tree

oryxs in dry pan with green algae

oryxs in dry pan with green algae

giraffe in riverbed

giraffe in riverbed

plain with mopane trees & yellow sand

plain with mopane trees & yellow sand

warthog at borehole

warthog at borehole

zebra fighting in dry grass

zebra fighting in dry grass

panorama | green bushes & mountains

panorama | green bushes & mountains

water flowing in Puros canyon

water flowing in Puros canyon

tortuous tree

tortuous tree

young cheetahs & mother drinking at waterhole

young cheetahs & mother drinking at waterhole

cracked muddy riverbed

cracked muddy riverbed

mopane tree leaves in tracks

mopane tree leaves in tracks