The daytime temperatures have increased. Humid and overcast conditions are the order of most days, however the rain has cooled the air in the mornings and evenings.
Game viewing for this month has been very good in both Ongava Game Reserve and Etosha National Park. Lion have not failed to disappoint guests especially with one exceptional day when two separate prides were spotted hunting and killing on the same day. One took place in the afternoon and the other while we were out on a late night drive. On each occasion, guests were able to spend time with the cats as they devoured their feast.
One of the best game viewing spots at Ongava is from the comfort of an armchair at the lapa sipping a cool drink while animals gather at the waterhole to partake in the same activity - drinking! The waterhole still remains popular and is especially interesting at night. Black and white rhino are frequent visitors, as are lion. The hide overlooking this waterhole, just a stone's throw away, is in high demand. Here you get to view these fantastic animals up close.
In the neighbouring Etosha National Park, elephant are migrating further to the north of the park and therefore are seen less frequently. The only time that we are spotting these great creatures is at midday when they "flock" to the pans.
Bird watchers can still enjoy plenty of bird life in both parks. There are over 350 species of birds in and around the region. Currently, being summer, we are seeing a huge variety including the Southern Masked Weaver, Lilac-breasted Roller, Green-winged Pytilia and many more for birders to enjoy.
It is a real pleasure to give our guests the holiday of a lifetime at our beautiful Ongava. Many leave with memories which they will never forget. See some of the comments that we have received this last month:
"Unforgettable memories of the animals, sunrises and sunsets on safari."
"Excellent stay at a very comfortable lodge. Great sightings of the animals from our room. The star gazing at night was exceptional. A great experience that we'll never forget."
"Thank you for everything we are very happy to have seen a pride of lions feasting on a kill. We hope to return soon."
Managers and Guides
Our camp manager Adriano and assistant manager George were on leave in December but all ran smoothly with their replacements Agnes and Jason. The guides were all present except for Michael who was relieving at Little Ongava in the absence their guide.