Not many people know about Halali. It’s the poor relation of Okaukuejo and Namutoni camps in Namibia’s Etosha National Park. But it’s definitely my favourite. Here’s why.
Just 20 minutes after the sandgrouse symphony began, it was over and the birds were tucked up for the night. One of the rhinos left the stage and the other slowly scratched its chin on a dried-out tree trunk, up down, up down.
Act One seemed to have come to an end, so hubby suggested we walk back to our campsite for supper.
It was a joke, because although it’s said you have a good chance of seeing leopard at Moringa waterhole, in more than 20 visits to Etosha over the years, we never have.
No sooner had I turned back to the waterhole than a leopard crept quietly to the water’s edge and began to drink, as if I had magicked it into being. Too bad the darkness made it impossible to get a decent photo to prove my wizardry!
Bored with scratching now, the rhino shuffled around to where the leopard was, head lowered with intent. Wisely deciding not to confront a bad-tempered rhino, the cat began to slink away. That wasn’t enough for Mr Crabby the rhino, who stormed the leopard till it broke into a run, slipping silently into the bushes.
Mr Crabby went up to the spot where the leopard had disappeared, hesitated for a moment, then bundu-bashed about two metres into the bush before turning awkwardly around and coming back to claim the waterhole.
Just another Act in the ongoing drama that is Moringa.
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