Weather and Landscape
We have experienced a couple of cloudy, cool days in the beginning of the month, but as the month is drawing to a close the Namibian summer as we all know it is starting to reveal itself. The mornings have been relatively mild and cloudy, with a cool breeze blowing through the camp. The afternoons however, were dominated by scorching heat and strong gusts of dry wind. At the end of the month, we did experience some light rainfall.
The landscape currently looks quite dry, but it is starting to sprout new growth.
The calves in both the Oscar and Rosy Herds are doing really good and are growing rapidly - this is fantastic news for the desert elephants, and we are positive that these young members will further bolster the population of these incredible creatures in the area. As the social dynamics dictate in elephant society, one of the young adult males in the Oscar Herd has left the herd to lead the life of a fully grown adult bull. He will either remain solitary, or will join a bachelor group, meeting with the breeding herds for only a brief while to mate.
We have also noticed an increase in the number of red hartebeest in the area, as we have counted approximately around 40 individuals in the area. The oryx have all given birth, as every herd we see includes tiny new borns. Kudu and chacma baboon have also been seen a number of times.
On the predator front, we have enjoyed a couple cheetah sightings, although we were not able to get any photographs, our guests enjoyed seeing these elusive felines in their natural environment. The desert lions on the other hand were not seen in the area this month.
This month we bid a farewell to Jason and Emsie and thank them for contributing to the management of the lodge. They will be replaced by Rosalia and Wayne.
"What a fantastic camp! The staff are very friendly and helpful and made us feel very comfortable and at home. The scenery was breath-taking. Thank you for a great holiday."
"The trip to Twyfelfontein and the Living Museum was unreal. Ignatius went out of his way to make sure we had a great time. He is very knowledgeable and made our safari so enjoyable."
"The game drive with Wilhelm was fantastic!"
"We were most impressed with the cooking - awesome work for such an isolated camp."
Staff in Camp
Managers: Agnes Bezuidenhout, Wayne Du Toit and Rosalia Martin.
Guides: Richardt Orr, Ignatius Khamuseb, Michael Kauari and Wilhelm Aspin.