Climate and Landscape
The weather at Desert Rhino Camp was very pleasant during September with only a few really cold evenings and mornings. Hot water bottles, otherwise known as “Bush Babies” were a favourite amongst guests. The staff kept them ready for outside dinners, early breakfasts and drives.
A successful rhino sighting is where the rhino is completely unaware of the guests, guides and trackers. A golden sighting is when guests and guides are quietly sitting on an outcrop and the rhinos walk right past them!
And even though a sighting of the Critically Endangered black rhino is a highlight, guests were very surprised to have a variety of sightings of cheetah, lion and spotted hyaena too.
One of the hyaena dens has become active again and guests had multiple sightings of these intriguing and fearsome animals.
Birds and Birding
A pearl-spotted owlet, a lappet-faced vulture at a lion kill and the constant, iconic call of a bokmakierie around camp were just a few of the birding highlights this month.
“In comparison to other camps where I’ve stayed (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania) the stand-out at DRC was the staff. I loved how joyous they were and full of life. The way they enjoyed one another. And the singing. What an unexpected and amazing treat, it brought tears to my eyes and I will tear up when I leave...”