Photo Essay: The Wildlife Experience at Namibia’s Okonjima Nature Reserve

by Ekua on September 25, 2012 in captured on memory card,Namibia,the natural world,why i travel

The animals and scenery of the Okonjima Nature Reserve:

The Okonjima Nature Reserve in Namibia

Kori Bustard bird at the Okonjima Nature Reserve in Namibia

A Kori Bustard, the heaviest bird that is capable of flying.

Baboons at Okonjima Nature Reserve in Namibia

A family of baboons wandering off into the bush. We’d spotted several types of antelopes, birds, and these baboons before we even arrived at reception.

Warthogs fighting at Okonjima Nature Reserve in Namibia

At the beginning of our cheetah tracking, we saw these two warthogs engaged in a battle while two guinea fowl crossed the road behind them.

A millipede at Okonjima Nature Reserve in Namibia

A huge millipede.

Safari view at Okonjima Nature Reserve in Namibia

Safari view.

Rabbit at Okonjima Nature Reserve in Namibia

A rabbit hiding behind some plants.

Tracking a cheetah at an overlook at Okonjima Nature Reserve in Namibia

We stopped at an overlook and the guide’s assistant used the tracking equipment to see if we were close to a cheetah.

Our safari vehicle at Okonjima Nature Reserve in Namibia

Our vehicle for the morning.

Giraffe at Okonjima Nature Reserve in Namibia

A giraffe!

Giraffe at Okonjima Nature Reserve in Namibia

It was a struggle to get a good shot of them, but this was really just the beginning of our giraffe experience in Namibia.

Kudus at Okonjima Nature Reserve in Namibia

A kudu licks her lips after eating some tasty grass.

A male kudu.

Cheetah at Okonjima Nature Reserve in Namibia

The cheetah we tracked and her catch.

Cheetah at Okonjima Nature Reserve in Namibia

Cheetah at Okonjima Nature Reserve in Nambia

The cheetahs on this reserve were once trapped, held in captivity, or orphaned. During the rehabilitation phase, they roam freely and hunt for themselves as this one was doing. If they are able to become self-sustaining hunters, they are released back into the wild.

Okonjima Nature Reserve in Namibia

Leaving the Okonjima Nature Reserve.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

sojourner September 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Beautiful pictures! That first picture with the clouds overhead was simply stunning. I’ve always wanted to go on a safari. I must go!

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Ekua September 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Thanks! The clouds were often so beautiful in Namibia. Seeing wildlife in its natural habitat is such a thrilling experience! Very highly recommended ;)

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Ruby September 27, 2012 at 4:59 am

Beautiful pictures Ekua! I love the initial one with the gorgeous blue sky and panorama of the animals. The warhogs are pretty cool too! Love how nature just is and we are lucky enough to get to capture it :)

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Ekua September 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Thanks :)

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Naomi October 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Whoa…you saw so many different kinds of animals!! So envious!! :)

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Ekua October 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm

In Namibia you tend to see way more wild animals than you see people :P

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Marsha October 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Wild! While I’m not sure I ever want to go on safari, it must have been amazing to be that close to such a wide variety of animals in the wild. Were you scared at any point?

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Ekua October 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I’m not sure why safaris don’t appeal to you, but I have to say that the word “safari” can be off-putting to me… for some reason, it makes me think of a certain type of traveler who comes to the African continent to use it as their playground and not really see it. But this particular guide was great and really informative. We didn’t always go on guided drives (we sometimes did self-guided nature drives), but when we did, they were worth it.

I was never scared on this drive… I don’t think there’s much danger involved if you’re not trying to mess with the animal. I think a predator that’s in the middle of eating the meal they just caught isn’t particularly dangerous ;)

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Tom @ ActiveBackpacker October 9, 2012 at 2:03 am

Gorgeous photos! That huge millipede is a bit creepy though :D The Giraffe and Cheetah were cute. Africa is still on the to-do list… sooo many places still on that list though :D

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Ekua October 10, 2012 at 12:00 am

Thanks, Tom. I thought the cheetah was cute as well… kind of a strange thing to think about a predator, but it was a beautiful creature!

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