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Petrified Forest National Heritage Site and Etosha NP

22 January 2024

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After breakfast we depart the Tented Camp and visit the Petrified Forest. We get a tour guide who explains the park is 20 hectares and we will see only a small part of it.
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He again shows us the Welwitschia mirabilis the endemic plant that lives up to 2,000 years. It was first discovered in Angola but is the national plant of Namibia. The plant typically only grows two leaves but the elements break them apart so it appears they have many. This amazing plant can survive for 10 years without rain! The male plant has the little flowers and it needs a special beetle to pollinate.
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The Commiphora plants are common in Namibia and has hundreds of varieties. It appears a different color. It is used for perfume among the himba people and is also sent to France for use in perfumes. The first is the Commiphora Wildii plant and then I couldn’t catch the exact subspecies.
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We see a petrified log that is a pine tree per geologists. These trees don’t grow here but were brought by flood from Central Africa during the Ice Age. In the tree you can see quartz, manganese and iron oxide. Our last stop is the long one which is 35 meters. The whole tree is not even exposed but because of the way it is thinning toward the top they can estimate the size.
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Our guide also points out the milky bush which is actually toxic. Some men who were not familiar with the area used the bush to make their fire for a BBQ and all of them later died.
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We drive for a while again before stopping at Outjo for the ATM and the Outjo Bakery. I get a toasty sandwich and we hit the road again until we arrive at the Etosha Safari Camp. Our room is adorable with the best shower I have ever seen.
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After a short break we head to Etosha for a few hours of a game drive!
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On our first water hole stop in Etosha National Park we see zebras, wildebeest, impala and a tawny eagle!
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See a Steinbok…
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The black faced impala which is endemic to Namibia…
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An Oryx with a jackal right behind it….
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And a black rhino!
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After that 3 hour drive we head back to the lodge for our buffet dinner.
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The ice cream at the end was fantastic and they had musicians. The lodge also has a very creative way to set up their seating area.
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Posted by ErinDriver 14:45 Archived in Namibia

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