We had left camp before 7 in the morning, met the Elephants just after eight and half an hour later we came to the flood plain. End of January rains west of Etosha brought Hoanib river in full flood. The water continued towards the ocean until it reached the high sand dunes along the coast.
The “Google Earth” picture above is a bit old but is shows how the river flow stops with the dunes. With this year’s massive flood this is the effect:
It is quite unique to be able to see this thick, lush carpet of grass in the desert.
Normally they would rely on this for food.
This Black-shouldered kite will end this post. We had reached the end of the flood-plain and entered the dunes…