Climate and Landscape
The weather was consistently cool at Hoanib Skeleton Coast camp and everyone is still waiting for summer to arrive. The mornings were mostly foggy until mid-morning while the days were refreshing.
Guests have a chance to see a variety of landscape changes along the Hoanib River system. Large old gneiss rocks make it seem like another planet in comparison to the river banks and river bed and then off course, there are the sand dunes just before they reach the coast on the morning activity. The vegetation from the rocks and valleys differs amazingly; succulents find water along the cracks in the hills while the desert edelweiss ‘specials’ can be spotted along the small washes.
Elephant were seen standing on their hind feet and using the acacia trees for support, reaching for the juicy topmost vegetation.
The female cheetah and her cubs were seen often on drives and guests loved watching the interaction. The young ones are getting feisty, they’ve been seen to chase off jackals from their prey.
One of the species studied by Emsie from the Hoanib Research Centre is the brown hyaena and one was photographed rolling in sand as well as in elephant dung.
Birds and Birding
Birding at Hoanib is always amazing and a range of birds was seen and photographed during September.
Chestnut-banded plovers are frequently seen along the coast or at the oasis. Augur buzzards have huge ranges in search of all kinds of prey including snakes and lizards. Swallow-tailed bee-eaters are usually seen perching or hunting for insects that pass by; they are incredibly agile! Drongos follow mammals and anticipate the insects that will be disturbed and which make for easy catches. Grey go-away-birds are found in the ana trees along the river systems; they are found in flocks and their distinctive call can be heard from some distance away.
Very friendly and professional team and amazing landscapes, mountains, river bed, dunes.”