Hoanib Skeleton Coast - December 2016

Dec 25, 2016 Hoanib Skeleton Coast
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Climate and Landscape
The westerly winds were ever-present throughout summer and it looks like the rains will be late this year. The fog in the morning gives the desert a cool feel while the animal numbers have been growing along the Hoanib as the ana trees Faidherbia albida are dropping their pods. Springbok were seen climbing down the steep river bank to get to this delicacy.

Guests love walking with their guide from the camp towards the river with the massive landscape dwarfing the humans.

Wildlife
Elephant were sighted sleeping under the trees in the heat of the day. Elephant also treated our guests on a few occasions by passing through the camp on their way to the waterhole.

Giraffe are always so amazing to see as they add a great contrast to the landscape. They are seen out on the gravel plains as they move between riverbeds and valleys where they are able to find vegetation and have been spotted drinking water at the camp waterhole too.

The resident female cheetah moves along the Hoanib in search of smaller prey like steenbok and springbok. These cats don’t like spending too much time in the riverbed, preferring to be on the elevated bank as it gives a better view of the whole area.

Black-backed jackal are the toughest of desert animals and are frequently seen patrolling the area in search of anything to eat.

The oryx is the national animal of Namibia, and it is obvious why this is so: these adaptable animals thrive in the harshest of conditions throughout the Namib.

Camp Activities
A few of our chefs’ culinary delights this month included a chocolate semifreddo and a fruit “pizza” while guests were full of compliments for our beautiful and elegant Christmas setup.

Guest Comments
“The people first of all – everyone looked after us so well, especially when my husband was unwell and l loved the rugged landscape and waking up to the magnificent scenery… fabulous.”

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