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Rietfontein

Rietfontein waterhole near Halali Restcamp in Etosha National Park

In 1876, the Dorsland Trekkers named this waterhole (Afrikaans for ‘reed spring’) after the Phragmites australis reeds that used to grow here.  The grave of Johanna Alberts, a trekker who died here in 1876 is found nearby.

About:  The elephants made short work of the Pragmites reeds and the waterhole is now home to the hardier Typha species.

The bushes behind the crumbling remains of an old building have become a favourite resting spot for lion.  This structure was once the site of a factory that harvested bone meal from the remains of zebra culled during the 1950’s.

Other common sightings include a pair of Egyptian geese, kori bustards, springbok and elephant. In fact, all the species present in Etosha have been spotted here at some time.

Rietfontein is one of the best-known waterholes in the park and much loved by birdwatchers.

Water Source:  Artesian spring

Water Availability:  Very good, sweet water which serves hundreds of elephant and plains game every day.

Game: All species of animal in the park, look out for:

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