FAQ

Erindi in Herero means “Place of Water”. It has become a central reserve in Namibia for untamed wildlife viewing in the heart of the African bush. Below you will find the most frequently asked questions to give you practical advice for your trip to Erindi.

Getting There

Yes. Hosea Kutako international airport is 45 km from the capital city of Windhoek.
The distance from Hosea Kutako Airport to Old Traders Lodge is 229 km.
The distance from Hosea Kutako Airport to Camp Elephant is 214 km.

Air Namibia and South African Airways fly directly or via a connecting flight from Cape Town or Johannesburg to Hosea Kutako Airport.

By road from Okahandja
Take the B1 for 48 km, then turn left onto the gravel road D2414. Drive for 40 km to the Main Gate.
The distance from the Main Gate to Old Traders Lodge is 24 km.
The distance from the Main Gate to Camp Elephant is 9 km.

By road from Otjiwarongo
Take the B1 for 96 km, then turn right onto the gravel road D2187. Drive for 35 km to the Omatako Gate.
The distance from the Omatako Gate to Old Traders Lodge is 40 km.
The distance from the Omatako Gate to Camp Elephant is 25 km.

By road from Kalkfeld
Take the D2414 for 50 km to the Kalkfeld Gate.
The distance from the Kalkfeld Gate to Old Traders Lodge is 50 km.
The distance from the Kalkfeld Gate to Camp Elephant is 34 km.

By road from Omaruru
Take the D2328 for 60 km to the Omaruru Gate.
The distance from the Omaruru Gate to Old Traders Lodge is 24 km.
The distance from the Omaruru Gate to Camp Elephant is 9 km.

During rainy seasons please contact us to enquire about the road conditions before driving to Erindi.

Yes, but take the usual travellers’ precautions, including not to unnecessarily display any valuables, devices or jewellery, especially in your car.

Yes. Road assistance inside Erindi is free of charge, but road assistance outside Erindi will incur fees.

Yes. It’s located at Old Traders Lodge. It sells diesel and 95-octane unleaded petrol.

Yes, it has a gravel 1 700 m (5 577’) landing strip. Please arrange for its use prior to arrival.
The GPS Coordinates are S 21* 32’ 23” E 16* 23’ 14”.

Erindi Shuttle Service

Yes, subject to availability. We transfer guests between Erindi and Omaruru/Okahandja/Windhoek. Rates depend on the destination and number of guests.

Facilities and Accommodation

Pathways wind through the camp and across soft green lawns between 48 luxury suites tucked away under indigenous trees. Old Traders Lodge is the perfect base for your forays into the exhilarating bush, from spacious suites that offer charm, comfort and convenience.

This is our self-catering camp, situated on the north-central side of the reserve. It has 14 fully equipped chalets overlooking an active waterhole and 30 luxury campsites in close proximity to the waterhole.

Malaria

No. Erindi is a malaria-free game reserve area. We do, however, recommend that travellers take appropriate precautions when travelling through Namibia.

Weather

Summer is the rainy season and it can become quite hot (up to around 40°C). The hottest months are between December and February.

Winter can be chilly (below 1°C), especially at night and early in the mornings. The coldest months are between June and August.

Check-in/Check-out

Check-in is from 14:00 to 20:00, when our reception closes.
Check-out is at 10:00.

What to pack

During winter and autumn we recommend warm clothes for mornings and evenings, including a winter jacket/anorak, gloves and a hat, and cooler clothes for the day, since winter days can be quite warm.

During summer and spring we recommend cool clothes, including comfortable walking shoes and sandals, and swimming costumes; but bring some warm clothes as well, including a  coat and/or raincoat, as the evenings can be quite cool.

Sunscreen, mosquito repellent, your own medication, a travel first-aid kit, a hat/cap, binoculars, camera and chargers, Namibian or South African currency, and a headlamp/torch.

The self-catering chalets are equipped with a fridge, microwave, stove, pots, pans, kettle, toaster, crockery and cutlery. The beds are dressed with clean linen. Food can be bought from the farmstall.

For camping, you will need a tent, bed linen, warm blankets for the cold evenings, cutlery. Food can be bought from the farmstall.

Wi-Fi/Signals

Yes. Wireless internet is available at the restaurant, although no downloads are allowed. Please note that due to our location the wireless internet may be slow or not available at times.
Namibia’s cellphone service providers are MTC Namibia and Cell One. We recommend you to set your phone on roaming while traveling in Namibia.

Laundry Facilities

Yes. At Old Traders Lodge, laundry can be done for a fee. At Camp Elephant there’s a self-service token-operated laundromat. Tokens can be bought from the farmstall.

Room Service

No. If you need anything extra in your room (such as extra pillows or blankets), please speak to reception.

Children

Yes. Old Traders Lodge and Camp Elephant both have a kiddies’ playground and swimming pool. Adults must supervise their children at all times.
We don’t offer a babysitting service.
We do offer Kiddies’ Game Drives for children under the age of 6, who are not allowed on regular game drives.

Erindi Private Game Reserve values the safety of our guests and seeks to provide a memorable wildlife experience for every single one of our them. The response of a young child to an untamed wild animal can be unexpected, and the reaction of an untamed wild animal to an over-excited child can be dangerous. For the safety of our guests and employees, we cannot make any exception to this rule.

Water

Yes. Please don’t waste water.

Game Drives

Yes, subject to availability of vehicles and guides, and at an additional charge.
All guests enjoy two shared, guided game drives per day (afternoon and morning) in open 4×4 Land Rovers.

Our Old Traders Lodge Safari Land Rovers take 10 guests each. We try to ensure that all seats on all game drive vehicles are filled to ensure minimal impact on the spectacular natural environment.

Camp Elephant has a 10-seater Land Cruiser, and 18-seater and 27-seater trucks. Game drives at Camp Elephant are subject to availability and can only be booked once you check in. Guests are allocated to vehicles according to the number of game drives booked for that time, and policy on Erindi is that one game drive vehicle must be filled before the next vehicle is used.

Our game drive vehicles have a canvas canopy roof with open sides. We supply blankets in cold and wet weather.

A jersey and waterproof anorak, a camera, and any personal medication including antihistamines. Warm clothing (including hats, scarves and gloves) in winter; and cooler, lighter clothing in summer, as well as sunglasses and sunblock.

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  • A paw to the face or a bite to the ear. These lion cubs are really strong at this age, even though this is just normal "play fighting", they pack a serious punch 🤛 It makes for humorous game viewing seeing siblings tumbling about. 😼Photo: @fnventer . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #lioncubs #bigcats #bigfive #namibia #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "A paw to the face or a bite to the ear. These lion cubs are really strong at this age, even though this is just normal "play fighting", they pack a serious punch 🤛 It makes for humorous game viewing seeing siblings tumbling about. 😼Photo: @fnventer
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  • Nothing beats a scrumptious and satisfying meal. This young male lion was really enjoying his wildebeest kill! A well-earned feast. 🍽🦁 Photo: @markusoblaender . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #bigcat #wildcats #big5 #hungry #namibia #namibiatourism #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "Nothing beats a scrumptious and satisfying meal. This young male lion was really enjoying his wildebeest kill! A well-earned feast. 🍽🦁
Photo: @markusoblaender
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  • Stick with mom and you will find out how to survive. Eating, moving and learning skills are essential to life in the wild. Become her shadow. 🐘💕 Photo: @jeremyconte . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #elephant #elephantportrait #canon #moodynature #namibia #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "Stick with mom and you will find out how to survive. Eating, moving and learning skills are essential to life in the wild. Become her shadow. 🐘💕
Photo: @jeremyconte
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #elephant #elephantportrait #canon #moodynature #namibia #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • The cheetah is the heart and soul of our work with @ccfcheetah. There are less than 10,000 individuals alive today. We have collectively undertaken a huge task to rehabilitate and reintegrate orphaned cheetah back into the wild. When they are grown and able to hunt on their own, half our work is done. But then we also have to hope that they will adapt to their new environment where there are many unfamiliar predators. 😿🌿 Photo: @mishawilcockson . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #cheetah #endangered #bigcats #ccf #namibia #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "The cheetah is the heart and soul of our work with @ccfcheetah. There are less than 10,000 individuals alive today. We have collectively undertaken a huge task to rehabilitate and reintegrate orphaned cheetah back into the wild. When they are grown and able to hunt on their own, half our work is done. But then we also have to hope that they will adapt to their new environment where there are many unfamiliar predators. 😿🌿
Photo: @mishawilcockson
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #cheetah #endangered #bigcats #ccf #namibia #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • Sometimes we are so focused on the big things in life, that we completely miss the small things - which are just as special. See the crocodile in the foreground? The photographer only saw him in the image much later. What a surprise. 🐊🐘 Photo: @sonlombard . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #elephant #crocodile #sunset #waterhole #surprise #dailypic #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments #natureshots

    erindinamibia: "Sometimes we are so focused on the big things in life, that we completely miss the small things - which are just as special. See the crocodile in the foreground? The photographer only saw him in the image much later. What a surprise. 🐊🐘
Photo: @sonlombard .
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  • Practising my roar mom. How does it sound? To us, it’s the sweetest attempt ever, but to the sibling on the right, it’s not that impressive. 🤣😝 Photo: @naudewashere . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #lioncubs #big5 #playful #roar #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "Practising my roar mom. How does it sound? To us, it’s the sweetest attempt ever, but to the sibling on the right, it’s not that impressive. 🤣😝
Photo: @naudewashere
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #lioncubs #big5 #playful #roar #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • As the sun climbs over the horizon, it beckons the wild dogs to get moving. It is at sunrise when the dogs perform their greeting ritual, exciting each other for the hunt to come. They make chattering sounds and eerie calls that can be heard for miles. This marks the start of their hunt, but during the hunt itself, they are silent. 🔇🐶 Photo: @fnventer . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #wilddog #africanwilddog #sunrise #call #howl #hunt #eerie #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "As the sun climbs over the horizon, it beckons the wild dogs to get moving. It is at sunrise when the dogs perform their greeting ritual, exciting each other for the hunt to come. They make chattering sounds and eerie calls that can be heard for miles. This marks the start of their hunt, but during the hunt itself, they are silent. 🔇🐶
Photo: @fnventer
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #wilddog #africanwilddog #sunrise #call #howl #hunt #eerie #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • The daytime and wildlife might be awe-inspiring, but the nighttime and the milky way is breathtaking. Come spend an evening beneath the stars with us. ✨🌌🌠🌑 Photo: @thomas.bartelds . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #nightsky #stars #galaxies #universe #milkyway #romantic #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "The daytime and wildlife might be awe-inspiring, but the nighttime and the milky way is breathtaking. Come spend an evening beneath the stars with us. ✨🌌🌠🌑
Photo: @thomas.bartelds
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  • One of our cheetahs, Obi-Wan, seen taking a snooze on a termite mound on a morning drive. 😴 Photo by @erinoutdoors.

    erindinamibia: "One of our cheetahs, Obi-Wan, seen taking a snooze on a termite mound on a morning drive. 😴 Photo by @erinoutdoors."
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  • The black-backed jackal is similar to the fox with its slender body, long legs, and large ears. It is a monogamous and territorial animal, usually defending its territory in pairs by scent marking and aggressively chasing off intruders. It is a vocal species with a high-pitched whining howl that can be heard over a considerable distance. 🐶 Photo: @naudewashere . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #jackal #nature #mammals #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments #wildfacts

    erindinamibia: "The black-backed jackal is similar to the fox with its slender body, long legs, and large ears. It is a monogamous and territorial animal, usually defending its territory in pairs by scent marking and aggressively chasing off intruders. It is a vocal species with a high-pitched whining howl that can be heard over a considerable distance. 🐶
Photo: @naudewashere .
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #jackal #nature #mammals #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments #wildfacts"
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  • When your feathers blend in so perfectly with the grass that it’s only your long neck that gives you away. It is easy to miss an ostrich from the road, but once you’ve scoped them out, they will scope you right back. The ostrich has the largest eye of any land animal, and only blinks once per minute. 👁🌾 Photo:@fueradel_aula . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #ostrich #neckfordays #nature #birds #birdsofinstagram #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments #wildfacts

    erindinamibia: "When your feathers blend in so perfectly with the grass that it’s only your long neck that gives you away. It is easy to miss an ostrich from the road, but once you’ve scoped them out, they will scope you right back. The ostrich has the largest eye of any land animal, and only blinks once per minute. 👁🌾 Photo:@fueradel_aula
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #ostrich #neckfordays #nature #birds #birdsofinstagram #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments #wildfacts"
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  • Families who cuddle together, stay together. Even in the animal kingdom, animals show immense affection towards each other. They also like to socialize and be close to one another. Sticking together is not only essential for survival, but also for healthy dynamics in the group 🤗 📷Photo: @miss_anastasia_u . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #giraffe #family #nature #giraffes #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "Families who cuddle together, stay together. Even in the animal kingdom, animals show immense affection towards each other. They also like to socialize and be close to one another. Sticking together is not only essential for survival, but also for healthy dynamics in the group 🤗
📷Photo: @miss_anastasia_u
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #giraffe #family #nature #giraffes #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • Keeping it cool. Hippos have the right idea! 💧Photo from last week by @erinoutdoors

    erindinamibia: "Keeping it cool. Hippos have the right idea! 💧Photo from last week by @erinoutdoors"
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  • It is not unusual for elephants to cool off from the midday heat with a swish of dust. Namibia is known for its warm climate and vast open plains. At Erindi, nature is left to run its course, and this is precisely what @mishawilcockson from @earth captured while staying with us. 🐘 📷Photo: @mishawilcockson . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #elephant #big5 #nature #dustbath #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "It is not unusual for elephants to cool off from the midday heat with a swish of dust. Namibia is known for its warm climate and vast open plains. At Erindi, nature is left to run its course, and this is precisely what @mishawilcockson from @earth captured while staying with us. 🐘
📷Photo: @mishawilcockson
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #elephant #big5 #nature #dustbath #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • There is something special about seeing lion cubs in the wild. Their innocence and playfulness is something you can only observe with a huge smile on your face. Photo by @colbybrownphotography

    erindinamibia: "There is something special about seeing lion cubs in the wild. Their innocence and playfulness is something you can only observe with a huge smile on your face. Photo by @colbybrownphotography"
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  • All ears! 👀 Kudu photographed by @erinoutdoors on the reserve this week.

    erindinamibia: "All ears! 👀 Kudu photographed by @erinoutdoors on the reserve this week."
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  • Bandit is one of the many male Lions that we have in Erindi. As a private game reserve, we can often get pretty close to these incredible animals, allowing for some amazing photo opportunities! Photo by @colbybrownphotography

    erindinamibia: "Bandit is one of the many male Lions that we have in Erindi. As a private game reserve, we can often get pretty close to these incredible animals, allowing for some amazing photo opportunities!

Photo by @colbybrownphotography"
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  • Keep your chin up and let the light in. Our San families live in the reserve and their children particularly enjoy climbing trees and looking for animal tracks. The San take a holistic approach towards nature and wildlife; something we can all learn from them. 🌿🐾 Photo: @mijlof . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #sanpeople #san #family #tribe #holistic #nature #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "Keep your chin up and let the light in. Our San families live in the reserve and their children particularly enjoy climbing trees and looking for animal tracks. The San take a holistic approach towards nature and wildlife; something we can all learn from them. 🌿🐾
Photo: @mijlof
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #sanpeople #san #family #tribe #holistic #nature #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • A surprising sighting. This brown hyena hung around longer than usual. Seeing them is usually rare. They are the most interesting predators in the hierarchy. Conservationists believe that the hyena is at the top of the pecking order, above wild dogs. 🏆🙌 Photo: @naudewashere . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #brownhyena #hyena #elusive #rare #predator #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "A surprising sighting. This brown hyena hung around longer than usual. Seeing them is usually rare. They are the most interesting predators in the hierarchy. Conservationists believe that the hyena is at the top of the pecking order, above wild dogs. 🏆🙌
Photo: @naudewashere
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #brownhyena #hyena #elusive #rare #predator #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • Charge headlong because success is imminent. A sudden burst of energy is all it takes. Lions can charge within a distance of 22m, and this great effort is only rewarded when the target is brought down. 🙀 Photo: @francoisdplessis . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #bigcats #wildcats #predator #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "Charge headlong because success is imminent. A sudden burst of energy is all it takes. Lions can charge within a distance of 22m, and this great effort is only rewarded when the target is brought down. 🙀
Photo: @francoisdplessis
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #bigcats #wildcats #predator #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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