Kleine Namutoni & Dik-Dik Drive
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This waterhole`s name is Afrikaans for ‘small Namutoni’, a comparison between this site and the larger King Nehale waterhole at nearby Namutoni Restcamp. The artesian spring here forms a large vegetation-free lake which is very popular with the local animal population, particularly elephants and giraffe, and being so close to the Park’s Von Lindequist Gate, it can get busy with human visitors too.
At the end of September on my last visit to Etosha I witnessed male Giraffes battling with one another at the Kleine Namutoni waterhole. etc*
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I`ve found this location to be one of the best locations in the Park for waterbirds during the dry season. Maribou Storks, Little Grebes etc (to edit)*
Despite three separate holiday visits to Etosha, I`ve never seen many reptiles, just a single snake and a handful of small to medium-sized lizards apart from a big Monitor Lizard strolling past our chalet at Dolomite Camp in 2015.
This guy was draped over a boulder beside the parking area at Kleine Namutoni on my last visit but ducked into cover just as I was levelling my camera.
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The diminutive Damara Dik-Dik is Namibia`s smallest antelope species. The beautiful little animals are common in Etosha and so frail looking that it`s a wonder that they can survive at all in such a predator-rich environment.
They favour habitats that provide cover such as a mixture of scrub and grassland, primarily relying on camouflage for protection, however, they will quite happily pose for a photo or wander past cars that have pulled in at the roadside.
The aptly named Dik-Dik Drive, accessed from the Klein Namutoni waterhole, is one of the best places in the park to see them and these shots were all taken there. Leopard also frequent this area and are often spotted on the hunt or relaxing like this guy, sprawled along the branches of a tall tree.