Hoanib Skeleton Coast - April & May 2017

May 20, 2017 Hoanib Skeleton Coast
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Climate and Landscape
The Hoanib Valley never fails to surprise with the vegetation that exists here, though it explains how animals are able to move such long distances and still find food in the strangest of places. The breathtaking scenery is rocky with irregular rolling hills. Some are metamorphic and have been formed through very high temperatures and incredible pressure. Sands blown in from the coastal desert offer a contrast to the rock but also support surprising vegetation.

The cool winter has slowly crept in and the camp was fogged in on most mornings, giving the desert a very surreal feeling. It eventually burns off and exposes the surrounding mountains as if they were new altogether. Temperatures dropped to 15° Celsius at their lowest, though the afternoons were still somewhat warm.

Wildlife
The elephants moved from the floodplain areas as the water slowly disappeared after the recent flooding and they can now be observed along the Hoanib River or along some of the huge adjacent valleys.

They were spotted having a lot of fun using the last remaining mud pools to cool down in. Guests had the opportunity to get out of the vehicle and find great angles to get the right shots of the elephants in this epic environment.

Now that the rains have gone new life has appeared out of nowhere and we even got to see the odd baby giraffe.

Brown hyaena were seen on an excursion to the coast while oryx were spotted hiding behind slopes and hills, almost as if on purpose, as only their horns were visible. These desert-adapted antelope also prefer big open valleys where they are able to spot predators from afar.

Chacma baboons were frequently seen moving around the riverbed or climbing the ana trees in search of the new soft pods that have just emerged.

The odd red-eyed bulbul was also seen in some of the thick Salvadora persicas as they eat the fruits that have now emerged.

Camp Activities
The Möwe Bay day excursion is as popular as ever and lunch along the coast is a welcome surprise for hungry guests.

Guest Comments
“Thank you so very much Beauty, Clement and Vanessa for running a top notch, slick operation and a fantastic team: Lucia, Kuku, Kenny, Claudia, Naly, Limbo will remain in our hearts forever. Elias, Reagan and our very special Papa Gert put on a magnificent wildlife and scenic experience with depth of knowledge and passion for conservation. Perhaps the most meaningful to me was how attentive all staff were to my mother, from adjusting the Jeep's visor to keep light out of her eyes, to a pillow appearing out of nowhere for her back, to linking her hand with a dancer so she could do the Cressida dance without falling. You have a very special thing going here – g

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