The Etosha planes.
Late in our journey we had a 5 day stay in differnt campsites in trhe gargantuan Etosha salt planes nature reserve. we were in Namibia in the drought season, that was planned, so that we could lie in wait at saught after waterholes and see the wildlife when they come to drink.
The Etosha campsites close their gates at dusk to keep campers safe from preditors, at day you are let out for safaries and before dusk you must be at your campsite.
The foolishness began on the second night in the Etosha planes. We got a harebrain Idea to stay by one the last waterholes we had visited overnight in the rooftent to experience a night in bush for real.
To be honest with hind sight I would not do it again in a hurry, the recklessness of not only putting myself in real danger but Heike my beloved wife, if anything happened to her mylife would be destroyed and ruined. She is the most amazing woman to my eyes and the kindest person I have ever come across in my entire some half a century long life.
the problem is that in such situations she trusts my judgements a little more than I do myself, our little Toyota Hilux and the roof tent offered us no safety what so ever against a whole host of dangers.
Back in the last campsite before Etosha at White Lady Nature Reseve we heard that a young Elephant Bull in mast had dismanteled an Identical car like ours and the passengers were lucky they could climb on top of huge boulder formations to save themselves from the rath of the bull Elephant, and that was inside a campsite
Out in the bush we were at the mercy of Elephants, Giraffs, Rhinos, apes and of course we were in reach of evrey form of big cat you could think of, but against my fears i had already passed the point of no return, the Dusk was already on us. I parked the car near a tree but not under it, and rather hastely step out, opened the roof tent, took out all the friuts, nuts, biltong and drinks out of the car. We locked the car, climbed into the tent and even pulled the ladder up into the tent and left zip holes to look outside through. so to speak downstairs in the cars fridge we did wild Salamis and stuff to eat, but I thought we were safer if we have no meat out in the open air.