We’ve had a short break in our travels since our Etosha National Park expedition and it’s now time to take to the road again.
This time the B1 leads to Erindi Private Game Reserve which is in the vicinity of Omaruru about 2 and a half hours’ drive from Windhoek.
Biltong and Breakfast
We pause in Okahandja for breakfast at Closwa biltong factory to stock up on meat for the weekend. Not only do they serve up a great coffee but there are a range of sandwiches and pastries to choose from too. Naturally, we pile our baskets with biltong flakes, stokkies and dried wors for our travels.
Eager to get the car on the road we make our way down the D2108 towards Erindi without further ado. To get the full experience of this 71 000 ha reserve, we have booked one night at Camp Elephant and one night at Old Traders Lodge.
Erindi Camp Elephant
Arriving early, we have some time to walk around camp before settling in to our self-catering chalet. We amble along the well-worn path which leads along the fence line and past the camp waterhole and spend some time in the hide overlooking these waters. Reward comes in the form of a lone elephant and the realization that the waterhole is floodlit for nighttime viewing.
Our accommodations are great for self-catering with everything we need for our evening braai, including 2 private braai areas.
Self-drive safaris are prohibited at Erindi unless you book in advance so the balance of the afternoon is consumed with popping down our private pathway to the waterhole, eating biltong and relaxing in these peaceful surroundings.
Our afternoon game drive is a delight with a knowledgeable guide who charms us with information about the creatures that we encounter, large and small. Elephants, oryx, giraffes, warthogs and zebras all make an appearance as well as a dung beetle on a roll.
He also fills us in on the many conservation projects that are ongoing at Erindi. These include studies on cheetah, pangolin, aardvark, elephant, honey badgers and lions to name a few.
We arrive back at camp just before 8pm and settle down at the waterhole after a simple meal of grilled steak and rolls.
Old Traders Lodge
We have splurged on a cheetah walk this morning which is well-worth every extravagant cent. We also get to see where our adopted ‘children’ from the Cheetah Conservation fund may end up living out their days.
Having originated from CCF, the cheetahs at Erindi are habituated to people and we are able to approach them quite closely while on foot.
Next we head off to Old Traders Lodge for our evening of luxury at this exquisite camp. Bookings at Old Traders Lodge are fully inclusive and we arrive just in time for the buffet lunch. I enjoy my first taste of oryx which is superb and accompanied by an overwhelming choice of fresh salads.
An afternoon nap is called for after all the morning’s excitement and to rest up before our afternoon game drive which is also included in the price.
The evening meal follows the same gluttonous trend of lunch and we retire early as there is yet another game drive on the cards for morning. Although Erindi offers some 23 different activities during your stay, few travelers could afford the time and cost of all these excursions in one go.
This does however, leave us with a sense of wanting to return soon to experience them all, despite the nagging suspicion that we could have made more of our trip as we depart for home once again.
Did you catch the last episode in our “Cape Town to Namibia” series – Road Tripping Around Namibia – Day Two in Etosha National Park? If not, hit the link and join us on the last day of our Etosha National Park adventures.
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