Weather and Landscape
The weather has treated us well. The mornings have been pleasantly mild for most of the month. Clouds still build up during the day, promising to rain and in the end being pushed away by the usual westerly winds from the Atlantic Ocean. On some days we could see that it was raining in the Naukluft area. The question remains, when will we get our rain?
As we have not received any rain yet, the animals have been staying close the ephemeral riverbeds, which offer some food and shade from the heat. The dry season waterholes throughout the reserve are now the only sources of water at this time of year. The camera traps at most of the waterholes have proven once again to be very useful. It has been so hot on some days that even the springbok, brown hyaena and ostriches are using the waterholes as "swimming pools". Luckily we caught some of the swimming action on the camera traps.
A big highlight this month has been a photo taken at the waterhole between Little Kulala and Kulala Desert Lodge. The camera captured a shot of a cheetah walking past during the morning. Generally the cheetah that live on the Kulala Wilderness Reserve do not frequent this area, so we were very excited to have them around the camp.
The resident ostrich family has been seen regularly, and the mother seems to be distancing herself from the chicks, which means that they should be dispersing soon and she will start a new family.
December was the month for celebrations!
Christmas was our first celebration, and we achieved this in true style. We took our guests out under the trees in front of camp and enjoyed a meal at a large communal table. Camp staff sang traditional songs and some of the guests even joined in with some energetic dancing.
New Year was the next big 'do', and we celebrated it in a similar manner. A late dinner accompanied by a special Kulala cocktail menu was the order of the night. This was followed by an awesome camp fire to see in 2013. Once again, all took place with song and dance.
Staff in Camp
Guides: Willem, Abner, Petrus, Nicky, Teek and Willy.