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Okaukuejo, Etosha`s oldest and most popular rest camp, houses the Park`s administrative headquarters as well as a shop, filling station and various accommodation options. My wife and I have stayed there twice, for a couple of nights at a time on each holiday, having opted for one of the waterhole chalets. Although they are a bit distant for decent shots, (no chance at night) the edge of the viewing area is only a few metres away. The view from the door of our waterhole chalet is pictured below (top right). A few steps take`s you to the edge of the terrace for an unobstructed view.
It`s advisable to dine as early as possible to secure one of the benches as soon as possible. As darkness falls, settle down and wait for the action to start.
Since the camp opened in 1955, visitors have been camping under the trees, where the rondavels are today, to enjoy the sights around this waterhole which is considered one of the best places in Africa to see the rare and endangered Black Rhino. The source is a water-table spring, but boreholes drilled nearby to supply the camp with water soon robbed the spring of its flow. Now, these boreholes are used to replenish the waterhole which is available throughout the year. When the giant mopane moths hatch at the beginning of the rainy season they flock to the floodlights at night, attracting a number of predators which feed on them. Rock monitors are often seen gorging themselves on any moths that have been left behind by morning.
My Digital SLR only has a modest low-light capability, certainly nothing approaching the sensitivity of modern-day cameras and although the waterhole at Okaukuejo is floodlit, photography was still a challenge, resulting in lots of grainy, underexposed and often blurred shots - still amazing to see the wildlife though.
At the waterhole after dark on our next holiday, there was a brief glimpse of a leopard running along the front of a distant tree-line. The wind picked up, and possibly sensing there was a big cat in the area, very few animals came to drink at the camp that evening, just a herd of elephants followed by a couple of individual bulls and two Rhino.
Early morning isn`t the best time for photography at the waterhole as the sun rises in the background but even so, some interesting effects are possible such as with this backlit Giraffe.
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