Serra Cafema - November 2011

Dec 5, 2011 Serra Cafema Camp
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The weather has been stable and usual for this time of year. Hot conditions have been the order of the day, with average daytime highs reaching the upper 30° C mark coupled with a high humidity. The pool has offered much relief to these warm conditions during the midday scorcher. A cool, fresh ocean breeze often blew inland on most afternoons which helped to cool everything off. The evenings were as pleasant as can be and provided wonderful conditions for moonlight dinners.

We are very excited to report that we have seen the same cheetah that was spotted around camp last month - this is awesome news, and hopefully the endangered feline will settle into our area on a permanent basis. The cheetah was spotted along the runway and moved off when an aircraft approached. This shows how these animals are able to adapt and make the best of their environment. The cheetah was hiding in the long grass on the side of the airstrip, which provides the ideal conditions for the cheetah to reach maximum speed and catch its selected prey from the cover of the grass. Generally speaking, airstrips attract prey species as they feel safer being in the open area with the hope of spotting potential predators more easily - a good strategy, but not effective against the speedy cheetah.

General game sightings have been good, with a decent number of springbok and gemsbok (oryx) being seen.

The ectothermic highlight for the month was the sighting of a large horned adder out in the open. These snakes are usually very shy and elusive and are seldom seen in the open as they have the habit of burrowing into the sand at the slightest disturbance.

Birds and Birding
A pair of Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters have built a nest very close to the camp and are seen hawking insects constantly from the main deck area. It is fantastic to watch these birds forage, as they are extremely agile and are true aerial acrobats. The interesting thing about bee-eaters is how the males often bribe the females with tasty morsels, but before doing so, one can observe the males 'feaking', which is the practice of removing the bee sting by rubbing the insect's abdomen on a stick.

Guest Comments
"This was our last stop after a wonderful trip from south to north Namibia. We return to Germany full of extraordinary impressions. Serra Cafema was a highlight and the right place to say farewell because it was so comfortable, nice and calm. We had two exciting sunset drives on the river and saw three Crocodiles. Thank you for the warm and good care." Mathias and Evelyn (Germany).

Staff in Camp
Managers: Ockert van der Walt, Cobus Botha, Chvonnie Koopmann and Elizabeth Parkhouse.
Guides: Harry Ganuseb, Gerhardus Jansen, Dinish Alberto and Jimmy Limbo.

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