Temperatures currently range from a minimum of 8 degrees Celsius to a maximum of 23. This month, guests have woken to the sound of a cool north-easterly wind. The cool temperatures make game viewing around the Ongava waterhole excellent and guests have spent many happy hours on the deck watching animals come down to drink.
The wind has tended to pick up again in the late afternoons, creating a horizon ashen with dry dust. There are consequently magnificent sunsets.
The evenings are chilly and guests are welcomed back from drive with a warming sherry and dinner is served next to a roaring fire. Kiln fires warm the rooms and by bedtime there is no better place to be than under a duvet with a hot water bottle and the sounds of the bush outside lulling you to sleep.
Wildlife and Landscapes
Most game viewing is focused around the waterholes at this time of the year and we've seen some wonderful aggregations of all kinds over the month. The animals generally start arriving around mid-morning and keep up a steady progression until the evening. During the day it's possible to see zebra, kudu, waterbuck, oryx, eland, red hartebeest and we've also been lucky to see large herds of up to 46 wildebeest. Herds of 20 or more endemic black-faced impala also regularly visit, delighting with their rutting. The adult males make loud snorting noises and chase the younger rams out of the herd.
In the evenings we have regular sightings of both black and white rhino at the waterhole which makes for marvellous pre- and post-dinner entertainment.
Michael recently took a guest out on an extended night drive - mainly to try and find a caracal. They were unsuccessful in this pursuit but did manage to have an excellent sighting of a lesser bushbaby. They watched the tiny primate, which eats a lot of acacia gum at this time of year, leap spectacularly from tree to tree.
Just after that, Michael and his guest were treated to an incredible leopard sighting. These cats are normally quite skittish here but this particular one came close to the vehicle and inspected it while Michael and his guest watched, transfixed.
Another highlight for the month was a magnificent sighting of a rhino cow and her two-month-old calf. We call this particular cow Long Horn for obvious reasons (see the photo).
Sightings in Etosha have been excellent this month and have also focused around the waterholes with regular sightings of lion, elephant and various general game.
An awesome experience, with great people. The staff are amazing and we are taking some of the friendliness home with us - packed in our hearts and the memory bank, Thanks to everyone.
An excellent site for a luxury lodge, well done to all the team on the service, the food, the warmth and the leopard. You can all be proud of Little Ongava - Paddy and family
Managers and Guides
Camp Manager: Florensia Mutrifa
Relief Camp Manger: Michael Kaeding.
Camp Guide: Gabriel Haufiku
Camp Relief Guide: Michael Haidongo