The daytime temperatures are increasing every day as we move further into the summer season. Warm clothes are no longer a real necessity except in the early mornings and late evenings. We can all breathe a sigh of relief as our first rains have finally come. Although our rains usually start in mid-September we have only seen the first of them now in November.
Wildlife and Landscape
As the landscape becomes greener, the views are becoming more splendid and colourful. Our game viewing has been wonderful this month. Mid-afternoons are the best times to see large herds of elephant as they splash and wallow in mud at several waterholes in Etosha. The lodge waterhole still remains popular especially with nocturnal activities. The black rhino and lion are frequent visitors of our waterhole. The hide overlooking the waterhole, a stone's throw away, is hugely popular. Here you get to view these endangered animals up close and personal.
With over 350 species of birds in Ongava and around Etosha, of which many are summer migrants, this is the time to be in northern Namibia if you're a bird lover. During this period, large flocks of different species gather around the waterholes and the lodge itself. Green-winged Pytilia, Acacia Pied Barbet, Lilac-breasted Roller, Abdim's Stork and Black Stork, African Hoopoe and Violet-eared Waxbill, Southern Masked-Weaver and lots more show off their beautiful colours and calls at this time of year. The more colourful ones, usually the males, are showcasing themselves to attract the females.
News from the Ongava Research Centre
A young male lion was collared, the purpose being to monitor the movements of lion on Ongava Reserve.
Jack from the Environmental Department came to Ongava Lodge with a student Hilma Leng. The student will be doing some research on the impact of the tourism industry on the Ongava environment, following the footsteps of Elton the "dassie monitor" who completed an excellent research project on rock dassies. Dr Ken from the research centre and Stuart, our reserve manager, will assist her with the information she will need in order to make this possible.
Staff in Camp
Adriano, Agnes, George and Jason
Teacher, Mike, Willem, Henock, Kapona, Abraham