Climate and Landscape
Hoanib experienced some extreme weather during July with the highest temperature recorded at 43° Celsius and the lowest -1° C. There was also a lot of moisture in the air and fog was a morning regular. It was also quite windy with some intense dust storms.
A female cheetah with two cubs was seen several times exploring the dry Hoanib River, searching for prey and patrolling the banks.
The female lionesses with their cubs also use the river for hunting as most animals come to the dry riverbed to feed during the day.
Elephant were regular visitors in camp while giraffe were often seen in the dry riverbed browsing on the trees and bushes that line it.
Birds and Birding
Birding was quite spectacular during the month, with jackal buzzard, mountain chat, white-backed vulture, lappet-faced vulture, augur buzzard and rock pigeons ticked.
“I am all packed for the flight to the next camp but mentally I am not ready to leave. Now I understand why this camp is world-renowned. Luxurious rooms, the scenery is out of this world, the staff is kind and welcoming and the guides know their stuff, especially Alpha. Thanks for everything.”