Weather and Landscape
Heat, heat and more heat! The temperatures have reached close to 40° C, with no rain. But guests were able to see more animals at the waterhole due to lack of rain.
Once the rains have arrived, the wildlife tends to spread wider over the area as food and water is plentiful, but no rain has fallen in Ongava since December, so the wildlife is still localised around the dry season waterholes.
We were very privileged to see two white rhino bathing in a waterhole, scratching their tummies against branches, for at least an hour! They were very relaxed in our presence, offering all some fantastic photographic opportunities.
Throughout the reserve guests got to see quite a variety of animals including both species of rhino, lion, waterbuck, kudu, springbok, oryx and black-faced impala to name but a few.
The smaller wonders have also wowed us - for example, when a spotted bush-snake made its way into camp. It was great to view this vibrant and colourful reptile up close. The snake was feeding on the moths which were on the deck from the night before.
A number of flap-necked chameleons have also been seen around the reserve, perhaps they have come out in anticipation for some late rains?
"Really nice lodge, our family enjoyed it 10/10. Great safari drives, saw lion, rhino and heaps of antelope! Had a lion outside our tent - kind of scary ooowww! "