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Nebrownii, also spelt Nebrowni, is named after the water-thorn acacia, Acacia nebrownii, which grows in thickets to the west. Nebrownii waterhole was opened in 1992 to relieve the animal grazing pressure around Okaukuejo, and a solar pump was added in 1997 to increase borehole`s efficiency. The supply, which should be available all year round, attracts a wealth of animals and the wide open spaces and elevated parking area make it a popular venue with human visitors.
The area consists of white calcrete dust, which becomes white mud as the water overflows from the dam and seeps into the earth. Elephant and rhino which frequent this area enjoy rolling about in this mud and there are many game sighting reports of ‘old’ white elephants recorded in the rest camp books. The culverts on the main road just north of Nebrownii are favoured as dens by lions and hyenas.
During a few brief visits during my first time in Etosha there were no elephants or predators, just large numbers of plains game and Ostrich here. Kori Bustard, one of which is pictured above strolling past the parking area, are common throughout the park. The male of the species is the world's heaviest bird capable of flight and although they are reluctant to take to the air unless threatened, we did see a couple fly.
On our second visit to Namibia, while staying at Okaukuejo, I'd originally planned to check out the Adamax, Wolfnes and Okendeka area on the west side of the main pan but a park guide I spoke to advised sticking to Nebrownii and Gemsbokvlatke where lions had been sighted the day before. As predicted, the big male lion and his partner were still close to the Nebrownii waterhole but had crossed to the north side of the main road. They were lying down, taking turns to scan the horizon while the other shut its eyes.
After a few minutes it became apparent that a third lion, a second male (above), was sleeping nearby. Initially only the top of his back was visible. This pair of males run the local pride and have a fearsome reputation. Eventually the lion and lioness stood up and ....
The lioness rolled over onto her back and lay with her legs up in the air for a while, obviously mega-impressed with her partner's performance!
After a brief rest break at Okaukuejo we drove back to Nebrownii to find that the lion pair were at the same spot but there was no sign of the other male. We sat at the waterhole watching Oryx, Springbok, Zebra and Ostrich come and go. Then, the two lions were on the move, heading east parallel with the main road.
The lioness disappeared from view and the male dropped down to stare into a drainage culvert. He then climbed back up the embankment to roar at the occupants of any cars that stopped. As soon as the lions appeared, every Springbok and Oryx near the waterhole turned and stared, ready to race off if the predators headed in their direction.
The Black-backed Jackals are never far away if there`s even a remote chance of a meal.
I learnt that the local pride use the culverts to shelter from the heat of the sun and will often stash newly born cubs inside. Even if the lions aren`t around, hyenas like to move in - not the best spot to change a wheel if you`re unlucky enough to get a puncture here!
This is a wide-angle view of the Nebrownii waterhole from the parking area. It looks a very barren and desolate place but like all of the park`s waterholes, plays a vital role in enabling the animals to survive throughout the dry season. If and when the rains come, grass and other plants will quickly sprout to transform the landscape.
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