Weather and Landscapes
The weather has been quite mysterious, changing from day to day since the beginning of the month. The first day of the month was incredibly cold - in fact, it was one of the coldest days we experienced this year. On the other end of the scale, we experienced some warm and balmy conditions with the average high being 32 °C; however the conditions did cool down quite a bit at night. We did experience some impressive thunder and lightning displays, promising some rain, which unfortunately did not arrive.
Our guests have enjoyed some great sightings this month both on the Ongava Reserve and in Etosha National Park.
Lions have visited the camp waterhole on a number of occasions, timing their visits for after the guests had just finished their dinners. Rhino sightings in Ongava have been really good with both black and white rhino being encountered.
General game sightings have been plentiful as the habitat dries up, since the wildlife is forced to congregate at the remaining water sources.
As mentioned above, the game viewing in Etosha has also been incredible. Our guests have enjoyed sightings of elephant breeding herds, leopard, lion, and spotted hyaena - as well as black and white rhino. Once the rains arrive, the elephants will begin to move further north.
Birds and Birding
Birding has been very productive this month, especially around the camp area. We have enjoyed sightings of crimson-breasted shrike, short-toed rock thrush as well as a variety of hornbill species. A spotted eagle-owl has taken a liking to the camp area and was often seen at dawn around the camp pool.
This month we acknowledged World Rhino Day on the 22nd of September with a presentation which took place at the fire pit for our guests. The presentation focused on rhino conservation in general and within the Ongava Reserve in particular. Ongava holds one of the largest rhino custodianships for the Namibian government.
The sunken hide that we are currently building is coming along very nicely and is almost complete. Everyone in camp is getting very excited at the prospect of viewing wildlife from the ground level.
“We had a wonderful time here. We saw lots of game, lion, rhino, elephant etc., and our guide Pascalis was excellent and is a charming person – as were all the staff who made us feel very much at home. We are sorry to leave!”
“Anderssons Camp is a marvellous place! Staff are very helpful and friendly. We have a special mention for the cook!! Dinner and tea time was delicious!”