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Safari Adventures at Etosha National Park in Namibia

Safari Adventures at Etosha National Park in Namibia

During our nine days Namibia to South Africa Train Safari with Rovos Rail, we as a gay couple traveling around Southern Africa by train had the chance to visit one of the biggest National Parks in Africa. Etosha particularly known for its rich life stock including Elephants, Southern white and south-west black Rhinos, Giraffes, Zebras, Kudus, and a diverse population of birds like Ostriches and Kori bustards, is located in the Northern part of Namibia, the southwestern African country. The National Park itself is continuously under protection against poachers and other animal threatening to guarantee a healthy and balanced environment.

A great and safe way for LGBTQ+ travelers to visit Etosha National Park and to higher the chances of actually discovering the shy inhabitants of the Game reserve is by joining an organized game drive with experienced local guides and bushmen. Join Couple of Men on a two days game drive adventure in Southern Africa and find out which animals of the African Big 5 Games we could manage to capture with our cameras in the 22,270 square kilometers big nature reserve Etosha National Park in Namibia. 

Two Days at Etosha National Park

We visited Etosha National Park at the end of May which marks the middle of autumn of the Southern Hemisphere. The days in Etosha can be pretty hot during the day while the temperatures can drop significantly during the nights, down to 10 degrees Celsius. Etosha National Park can be accessed via four gates: In the north through the “King Nehale or Nehale Iya Mpinganag Gate”, in the east through the “Von Lindequist or Namutoni Gate”, in the south through the “Andersson Gate” and in the west through the “Galton Gate”.

Gay Couple Travel Blogger having a refreshing swim in the pool at Mokuti Lodge at the East Gate of Etosha in Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
Refreshing Pool at Mokuti Lodge at the East Gate of Etosha National Park Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
Gay Couple Travel Blogger hand-in-hand watching Game on the grounds of Mokuti Lodge at the East Gate of Etosha in Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
Game Watching on the grounds of Mokuti Lodge at the East Gate of Etosha National Park Namibia © Coupleofmen.com

Starting from Otjiwarongo, we arrived after a good two hours-drive through dry Namibian Savannah at the Mokuti Lodge, our gay-friendly accommodation right next to the eastern entrance gate of Etosha for one night. Equipped with cameras, sun lotion, and our safari hats, our first game drive to the 22,270 square kilometers big Etosha National Park in an open jeep began in the late afternoon, avoiding the heat of the dry Etosha Pan.

East Gate “Von Lindequist or Namutoni Gate” of Etosha National Park © Coupleofmen.com
East Gate “Von Lindequist or Namutoni Gate” of Etosha National Park © Coupleofmen.com
Excited Gay Travel Blogger for the afternoon Game Drive with Sunset at Etosha in Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
So excited for the afternoon Game Drive with Sunset at Etosha National Park Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
Game Drive Cars from the Mokuti Lodge on the gravel roads at Etosha in Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
Game Drive Cars from the Mokuti Lodge on the gravel roads at Etosha National Park Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
Namibia South Africa Train Safari with Rovos Rail © Coupleofmen.com

Southern Africa by Train

Starting at the Atlantic Coast of Namibia, we boarded the Rovos Rail Pride of Africa luxury train making its way through Namibia and South Africa to Pretoria. Our story about our Southern African adventure from Walvis Bay to Pretoria now on our gay couple travel blog!

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Etosha Afternoon Game Drive for Sunset

Our hearts were beating faster and faster with the rate of a running Springbok when we started to spot the first animals of the African National Park in the north of Namibia including Giraffes, Oryxes, Kudus, Springboks, and Ostriches. While trying to find the best viewing points around waterholes, our guide told us about the wildlife and the history of the park, while always being on the lookout for the next game to spot. Although that calmed us down a bit, our hearts jumped up and down the moment we finally encountered a whole family of Elephants including some really little young Dumbo-like one’s drinking, bathing, and playing around one of the multiple waterholes of Etosha. No words can describe our excitement. It was simply wonderful and unrealistic to spend the sunset watching these huge and still graceful mammals making their way back into the untouched areas of Etosha National Park, always protecting the little ones behind their mothers’ bodies.

Our guide knows everything about the inhabitants of the park and is very proud to show us Etosha in Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
Our guide knows everything about the inhabitants of the park and is very proud to show us around © Coupleofmen.com
A group of Giraffes saying goodbye duringour first game drive while having dinner at Etosha in Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
A group of Giraffes saying goodbye during our first game drive while having dinner © Coupleofmen.com
Good night everyone! After drinking at the waterhole, the Elephant family returns into the bushes protecting the little one at Etosha in Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
Good night! After drinking at the waterhole, the Elephants return into the bushes with the little one © Coupleofmen.com
Elephant Family at the waterhole drinking by sunset at Etosha in Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
Elephant Family at the waterhole drinking by sunset at Etosha National Park Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
Two Giraffes drinking at a waterhole by sunset at Etosha in Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
Two Giraffes drinking at a waterhole by sunset at Etosha National Park Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
Very hard to capture on a photo, but Daan got it: The Southern yellow-billed Hornbill sitting in a tree at Etosha in Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
Very hard to capture, but Daan got it: The Southern yellow-billed Hornbill sitting in a tree © Coupleofmen.com
The white faces of Springboks are so pretty! We are in love with Etosha in Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
The white faces of Springboks are so pretty! We are in love with Etosha National Park © Coupleofmen.com
Game Drive Car during Sunset watching a Giraffe from close-by at Etosha National Park Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
Game Drive Car during Sunset watching a Giraffe from close-by at Etosha National Park Namibia © Coupleofmen.com

We left Etosha by sunset with some stunning photo moments of Giraffes walking into the glowing setting sun. After a delicious dinner with local delicacies outdoors under the Namibian stars, we had a comfortable but short night in our very spacious two-bedroom lodge at the Mokuti Lodge.

The money shot: Giraffe walking into the sunset at Etosha in Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
The money shot: Giraffe walking into the sunset at Etosha National Park Namibia © Coupleofmen.com

Etosha Early Morning Game Drive for Sunrise

Six o’clock sharp, our early morning wake-up call kicked us out of the bed into a still dark and frankly cold African morning. Kicked out? Not exactly! We literally jumped out of our bed and into the safari car dressed in warm sweaters and wind protecting jackets for our second game drive, super excited and motivated to spot even more animals. It couldn’t have been a better start: Already on our way into the park we encountered a big group of Zebras in almost touching distance. The mornings in Etosha National Park are freezing even though we were dressed with sweaters and wind protecting jackets. But that didn’t bother us too much. After a little while, trying very hard to spot one of Africa’s Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Elephant, and Cape buffalo), the highlight of day two appeared in the middle of the Etosha Pan: Two White Rhinoceros families just having breakfast right in front of us. Definitely the goosebumps moment of our morning game drive. Wow! Although we could not spot lions or any other carnivores during our visit to Etosha National Park, we enjoyed every single second outdoors in the Namib Desert.

The cutest thing we met on our trip: A baby Zebra during sunrise going for breakfast with his mom at Etosha in Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
The cutest thing we met on our trip: A baby Zebra during sunrise going for breakfast with his mom © Coupleofmen.com
Did you know that a Gnu is also called Wildebeest? We saw some very closely at Etosha in Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
Did you know that a Gnu is also called Wildebeest? We saw some very closely at the Park in Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
A wild boar called Warthog (or Pumba) in front of two Springboks at Etosha in Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
A wild boar called Warthog (or Pumba) in front of two Springboks at Etosha National Park Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
Highlight of Day 2: A White Rhinoceros Family having breakfast at Etosha in Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
Highlight of Day 2: A White Rhinoceros Family having breakfast in Etosha National Park Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
What a beautiful morning scenery with a male Ostrich in front of a Giraffe family at Etosha in Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
What a beautiful morning scenery with a male Ostrich in front of a Giraffe family © Coupleofmen.com
Daans favorites: The feisty Helmeted Guineafowl always walking in a big group at Etosha in Namibia © Coupleofmen.com
Daans favorites: The feisty Helmeted Guineafowl always walking in a big group © Coupleofmen.com

The next adventure on our 9-days gay-friendly train journey around Southern Africa will bring us to Sossusvlei, one of the most spectacular desert sandy dunes in the world!

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Good to know about Etosha National Park

To prepare you properly for a visit to Etosha National Park, we put together some important info for your visit and game drives. First, depending on the sunrise and sunset, Etosha Park has slightly changing opening hours related to the sunrise and sunset. That circumstance guarantees calm and undisturbed nighttimes for all park animals. Secondly, it doesn’t matter if you are joining an organized game drive or explore the park on your own. Our Tip: the local guides are connected with walkie-talkies with each other. If a particularly shy game shows up, you will be among the first ones to arrive at the spot. Additional to that, they will give you some extra information which no guidebook will provide you with.

Gay-Giraffe-Selfie during our first day in Etosha © Coupleofmen.com
Gay-Giraffe-Selfie during our first day in Etosha © Coupleofmen.com

Important items to bring to Etosha National Park Namibia

Don’t forget to bring drinking water, sun lotion, binoculars, a sun hat and, of course, your camera. And please make sure to visit the restrooms/ toilets before the drive begins since there is no (easy) chance for a pit stop along the way inside the park.

Finally, dress accordingly, since especially during the early morning game drives, it can be painfully cold if you are just in your shorts and shirt and super hot in the afternoon when you only need a shirt and shorts. And now, enjoy planning your trip to Namibia, Etosha, and the rest of Southern Africa!

Do you want to know more about our gay travels around the world? Stay tuned on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram. See you again soon in Namibia, Southern Africa, and/or around the world!

Karl & Daan.

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Jesper, The Biveros Effect

Sunday 7th of July 2019

I'm quite jealous when reading your post. We visited Etosha a few years back and I know how amazing it is. Just hope that I will be able to return one day to the park. :)

It is really true that it is best to talk with a local before going, probably even to bring one along. We went with a guide from Otjiwarongo and as you mention - every one of the guides uses walkie-talkies to get the latest updates. Without which it might be hard to find the more rare animals such as the rhinos and lions. I don't believe that they would assist others to sights of Leopards though :P

You will find our post about our visit by searching for "Biveros Etosha" if you are interested, I don't want to spam the comment field with the link. :)

Karl Krause

Monday 8th of July 2019

Thank you, Jesper, for your comment! Happy to read that you like our post, photos and confirm our tips. ALSO: We are so jealous, that you got to see lions on your trip! There is something special about Africa, we both fell connected to. You had the same feeling? This wasn't our last trip, more our first touch point with hopefully many more trips to come!

Anything in planning already?