Climate and Landscape
At the beginning of the month there was quite a bit of cloud build-up for a few days and it looked like winter had arrived at Desert Rhino Camp; however, it never actually did and the days were windy and the nights were warm.
Everyone’s favourite rhino, Don’t Worry, continued upgrading his status as the dominant bull as he was seen with a number of females. In previous years he was classed as a sub-dominant male. The trackers also noticed that he has started marking his territory more regularly and aggressively.
A new female came into the southern zones and seems to be quite comfortable in the area. It is always good news when new blood comes into the area.
July also provided some amazing sightings of lesser-seen wildlife. The rare and secretive giant-plated lizard was seen a few times while July also marked the return of the elephant and giraffe to our Desert Rhino Camp area after their wet season wanderings.
Tracking and viewing black rhino remains the most special of experiences for our guests. It was a good month to see spotted hyaena too as they were very active.
The endemic “rock crushers” – as the guides affectionately call the Hartmann’s mountain zebra – provided a lot of entertainment for guests whilst on drives.
Thrillingly, lions were seen on several occasions throughout the month.
Finally, a new family of meerkat has moved in to the area and is a delight to watch.
“Far surpassed what I was expecting. The staff, the guides and the way they engaged with me and my daughter made it an experience that has struck a chord, with her especially. She now wants to come back, not just as a guest but as a researcher to learn more, to live here and that says a lot about the way the entire staff treated her. Our project coming here is about learning conservation, but she learned so much more and is inspired to keep learning.”
All photos by Liberty Eiseb