Weather and Landscape
Over the course of the month we have experienced quite a variety of weather conditions. For the first half of the month, the average daily temperatures were moderate but towards the end of the month, we experienced a very cold spell, whereby the morning temperature dropped to -1° C. The one constant weather factor was the wind, which is usual for this time of year.
Over the winter months, the vegetation has dried up, and this, coupled with the prevailing winds, provided the ideal conditions for a fire. A fire broke out in some adjoining farms which spread to Ongava. After a joint fire-fighting effort from reserve staff, the fire was brought under control in two days, but not before scorching the northern section of Ongava.
As a result of the fire, animal concentrations have increased in the southern and eastern parts of Ongava, especially around the winter waterholes as there is still some palatable vegetation and water in these areas.
The wildlife sighting for the month occurred not even 400 metres away from the lodge, when three nomadic male lions took on a giraffe and were successful. This provided them with a good meal for a couple of days. We were surprised that the dominant male of the area did not arrive on the scene to take control of his territory; perhaps there is a wave of change approaching the Ongava Pride.
Whilst on the subject of feline kills, we were very lucky when we came across three cheetah feeding on a springbok. This provided our guests with some great photographs.
"Our guide, Mike was the best part of our stay. He made the experience very special for us." The Martinez family.
"I have been impressed by your commitment to conversation. Keep up the good work!" Barnett.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Agnes, George and Jason.
Guides: Kapona, Willem, Henock and Abraham.