Etosha National Park (East)
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There is a viewing hide at Mushara which overlooks a small waterhole in a picturesque woodland setting. When we arrived, a pair of small antelope were drinking but took off immediately. Big game and predators are supposedly absent from the area but even, so it may be worth spending some time here if you weren`t heading into the park.
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The white-walled 'Beau Geste' style fort which forms the centrepiece of the Namutoni facility was originally built as a German Police frontier post. A small museum opposite reception displays various weapons and artifacts from the German colonial occupation and has information panels outlining the history of the fort and its garrison. Since our last visit the shops and bar located within the fort's walls have been relocated and it's now operates exclusively as an upgraded accommodation block. A meat burger sit-down lunch at the Namutoni Rest Camp restaurant was surprisingly tasty.
The camp waterhole is named after King Nehale, the leader of 500 Ndonga warriors that successfully attacked the German garrison and destroyed the fort in 1904 during the Ovambo uprising. The stronghold was rebuilt and reinforced the following year, however, and British POWs were incarcerated here for a time during the Great War.
This area experiences much higher rainfall than the other areas of Etosha but, as far as I know, following excellent downpours in 2010 and 2011, hardly any rain has fallen here since. Like those at Okaukuejo and Halali, the rest camp waterhole at Namutoni is floodlit at night.
Namutoni has the reputation of being exceptionally good for birding during the rainy season and snakes, including Spitting Cobra and African Rock Python are often seen hunting along the water`s edge, targeting the doves and smaller birds when they land to take a sip. These, and other species of snake, are often encountered in the rest-camp grounds.
I never saw any snakes within the camp during several brief visits, but this unidentified species was basking on a roadside termite mound close to the rest camp. The Mongoose was keeping watch from another termite mound just along the road, obviously unaware that a potential meal was nearby. There are 8 different types of mongoose in Africa, several of which are resident in Namibia so I`m not exactly sure as to what species this one belongs. The Admin block at Namutoni is shown below. This is where you get your permit and copy of the park regulations. The toilet block is on the opposite side of the road.
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