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Dec 17th, 2015, 10:18 PM
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Erindi is close to Okonjima as in about around 1/2 hrs drive towards Windhoek.

Though it was my first preference,I haven't stayed there to comment on it.I needed to break journey while on the way to Etosha so these were the choices. In your case you are doing the opposite,after some great wildlife you'll experience in Etosha,this'll probably be like visiting a zoo.

Now,Erindi too is a nature reserve like Okonjima where native species (which were once hunted out) have been re-introduced into the reserve and they are thriving.The big cats are collared and tracked on game drives,like in Okonjima.I heard some non-native species like the crocs and hippos are there too.

While lauding the good work done by Africat foundation, the commercial activity was a hard sell of sorts, of various game drives options in Okonjima.That put me off.I opted for cheetah tracking and after some great viewing of a mother with two cubs, we were asked to get down from the vehicles and walk behind- sometimes as close as a few feet of them ( which I personally don't like as I always appreciated wildlife from a respectable distance and wouldn't subscribe to any for of'walking, petting or posing' with wild animals).I had no choice but to comply or I would have been the only person left behind in the vehicle.

One way back we bumped into the 'Leopard Tracking' party who informed us that they had seen was a leopard in a tree barely 1/2 a km away.Guess we were not taken there as it was an entirely different package !!

Nonetheleass. We had our fill,a magnificent male leopard on the Klein Namutoni drive in Etosha the following day.

To 'Trade' or not would be your choice.
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Dec 30th, 2015, 02:16 PM
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Very interesting account inquest. Thanks for sharing that.
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Dec 31st, 2015, 07:51 AM
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Yes, all good things to ponder. I know this will be a great trip no matter what
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