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Rateldraf waterhole in the western section of Etosha National Park

Rateldraf means ‘honey badger jogging’ in Afrikaans referring to the peculiar gate of this animal.

About: This waterhole has a small concrete basin in front and a small mud hole to the left. It is a busy gathering point for many forms of wildlife and birds and an excellent spot for photography.

The large parking area is close to the water but a zoom lens will maximize photographic opportunities. Morning and late afternoon are the best times to capture memorable shots, although the sun is behind you in the afternoons.

Birds are plentiful, and you can expect to see sandgrouse, larks, Kori Bustard and Monteiro’s Hornbill. Raptors such as Bateleur and Tawny Eagles are also frequently spotted here.

Rateldraf is close to Dolomite camp and a good place to spend some time waiting for game to appear.

Water Source: Artificial

Water Availability: Year-round


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