Hi everyone :)
We woke up early the next day and got ready for a safari drive in the park. I was so excited and was hoping that I would see a lot of animals. We drove around the whole day to different waterholes between Okaukuejo and Halali. It was an amazing experience, seeing wild animals everywhere next to the road. I saw zebras and springboks everywhere! At the waterholes we could really see the interactions between the animals. It was mostly game there, and they lived together side by side.
Here are some of my observations from the waterholes: The zebras came to the waterholes as a herd, and if one started walking away from the waterhole, the rest followed. They often stayed next to the waterhole, somewhere sleeping and others where eating. Springboks came either alone or in a herd. If a springbok is living alone, it's a male that owns a specific territory and he is waiting for mating season, when the females will come to his territory. Most of the springbok males are living in a bachelor herd, and these males will compete with the territorial springbok in mating season. The females are often living with calves and younger males. Until now I haven't seen a female springbok! The wildebeest (Norsk: gnu) act like the zebra, they move as a herd, but I have noticed that they are little bit more independent than the zebra. Sometimes I have seen them alone or away from the herd. Two beautiful antelopes that I have noticed are little bit more cautious is the kudu and the oryx. The kudu uses a long time to come to the waterhole. It's often a small herd with females and their calves, or a few males. They go towards the waterhole, stop to look around and wait, then they move further. After maybe half an hour or longer, they are at the waterhole. The oryx also uses quite a long time to the waterhole, but not as long as the kudu. They often live in mixed herds, but it's difficult to distinguish the sexes from each other.
On our safari drive I also saw a lot of animals along the road. I saw two beautiful and huge elephants, giraffes in different sizes, small jackals, hartebeest, a lot of beautiful birds, impala and warthogs. By a waterhole we saw two lions, a male and a female, lying on the ground sleeping. It was a really special experience to see those beautiful animals (even though they were very far away, so I could only see them with the binoculars) and also see how the other animals were avoiding the whole area around the lions. It was a little tense atmosphere. Unfortunately the sun was almost setting, so we had to hurry back to Okaukuejo. I really hope I will get the chance to see this majestic animal again!