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This was our first visit to Etosha during the rainy season. We didn’t know what to expect. We were told the vegetation would be so lush that we would not spot much wildlife.
We were a little worried until we found what we dubbed “The Chudop Triangle”. Chudop is a waterhole near Namutoni camp. The triangle we refer to is made up of three intersecting roads, only 7k (4 miles) across, and it is full of life. The rains bring back the green to the otherwise dry Etosha pan. Herds of springboks, impalas, wildebeest, and zebras graze the fresh grass. Groups of giraffes stroll the beach nearby. Jackals follow the resident pride of lions looking for scraps while vultures clean up the remains. Hyaenas come out at dusk and disappear at dawn, sometimes carrying with them a final prize such as a zebra leg or tail, back to their den before the tourists harass them with their cameras.
But amidst all this, there are some ordinary scenes that look extraordinary under the stormy light.
You just have to wait for the perfect moment.