Climate and Landscape
The seasons are changing and so are the days and nights at Desert Rhino Camp. The days were mostly warm with temperatures reaching 40° C on some days during April. There were some heavy downpours during the month and this attracted large numbers of springbok and zebra.
Desert Rhino Camp’s beautiful basalt rock plains and table-top mountain landscape have been dry for a very long time. However, since the beginning of February, long-awaited rains have fallen and the large open plains that are usually covered in the rose-red rocks and gravel have a blanket of grass and flowers – and the area has become a small paradise.
The month of May seems to have gone by too quickly; it possibly has to do with the days becoming shorter. There was a marked change in temperatures from April to May with a north-easterly wind dominating the weather patterns. The grasses have started to dry up and the seeds are being dispersed all over the area with these winds.
Clans of hyaena, flocks of birds and the occasional pride of lions moved through the area, making nature drives during the last couple of months really entertaining.
April was an interesting month with different challenges in terms of understanding the movement patterns of the game in relation to the distribution of rainfall in the area. The first weeks of rainfall triggered a new growth of grass, which completely transformed the scenery of the area; however, the game arrived later, only moving back into the area during the last two weeks of April.
On our rhino tracking activity this month, finding the animals was a challenge. Most of the resident rhinos moved out of the area in April, making for relatively long day excursions, since extended distances had to be covered to find them.
During May, the wildlife was still spread out into the southern part of the area where the last showers had been recorded and it seemed even greener than it was in April. There were good sightings of rhino and other interesting sightings of lion and leopard, as well as a cheetah.
It was still a huge challenge to find rhinos on the trackers’ patrols; however, these miracle workers are rated highly by the guests because of the incredible work they do to make every day special.
“Congratulations to the entire team of DRC for making our 3 days so wonderful. Friendly warm, authentic smiles and service from each and every one on the team made the entire stay such a great experience. Standards were beyond excellent and we were charmed throughout our stay with everyone on the team. The team went out of their way in every way (laundry service, the special room service on our last night, the amazing tea, the yummy biscuits in the room, the brilliant and sensitive guiding, the outstanding welcome and let’s not forget the meals. Congratulations on a job so excellently done.”