Day 2. Frans Indongo - Kavita Lion Lodge (Afri-Leo) (339 Km)
After a hearty breakfast, we leave for another sanctuary known as Kavita Lion Lodge. Kavita is home to the Afri-Leo foundation, which is managed by Tammy and Uwe Hoth. Their main focus is on lions and problems associated with these animals. Kavita is located just south of Etosha.
The homely atmosphere of the sanctuary combined with the wealth of information available will make you feel right at home amongst the largest and most dangerous feline found in Africa. And behold: a roar that shakes the very foundations of the world.
Day 3. Kavita Lion Lodge - Otjovasondu - Okaukuejo (170 Km)
The next two days are spent arguable Namibia's most popular park, the Etosha National Park. Travelling through the once closed area of Otjivasandu towards Okaukeujo, the chances of seeing free roaming lions and cheetahs are ever-present. The main attraction of Okaukeujo is encompassed in its floodlit waterhole where a feeling of tranquillity will overwhelm you.
Day 4. Okaukuejo (50 Km)
A bright breakfast sets the tone for the day and we start off in search of the horizon for treasures hidden under the deceptive camouflage of nature. Game is plentiful in Etosha, so keep a watchful eye and a keen ear, and you will be sure to spot any or all of the following: the ear-flapping elephant, the short tempered black rhino, the elusive kudu, the lazy lion and many other species such as zebra, springbok, oryx, giraffe and ostrich.
Day 5. Okaukuejo - Okonjima (260 Km)
Alas, our days in Etosha have come to an end. Have no fear though because, in Africa, there is always another adventure right around the corner!
Following the tarmac road to Okonjima, home of the AfriCat Foundation, we reach yet another foundation dedicated to the protection and continued existence of protected species. The AfriCat Foundation is one of the biggest sanctuaries in Namibia. From their effort to house the largest variety of predators of any sanctuary in Namibia to their accommodation facilities, Okonjima strives for the best. Life is a tonic to become inebriated on in this part of Africa. Here, you come to discover the commitment to nature by the African people first hand. (B/D)
Day 6. Okonjima - Airport (310 Km)
Leaving Okonjima, we head south towards Windhoek and the end of the trip, making only 1 stop along the way. We stop at the African wood market in Okahandja where you will experience a world of fine carvings and artistic creativity.
The journey ends when the final goodbyes are said at Hosea Kutako International Airport.
Conservation in Africa has many names, but the spirit remains the same as you have now seen on your own journey through these dedicated foundations and sanctuaries found across Namibia. These sanctuaries play a sometimes unsung but always vitally important role in the rehabilitation, protection and replenishing of diminishing and previously persecuted populations.
This is Africa - a continent born of harsh days and relentless nights. Life takes on a different meaning in Africa. Every moment seems like a lifetime, yet a lifetime is beheld in a single moment. Be ever vigilant and you might catch the very moment when life makes another loop in the cycle of existence.
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