Desert Rhino Camp
Climate and Landscape
As summer draws to a close we have recorded less rainfall than in March. However we were still blessed with a couple of refreshing showers which came down in force, blowing from all directions, and giving guests a mid-drive shower to cool off. Less rain also meant hotter weather with highs of up to 46° Celsius but thankfully the gusty afternoon winds swept in and provided relief from the baking afternoon sun.
This month, the zebra were still out in force – very close to camp and in large quantities. There were great close-up views of playful zebra, springbok and gemsbok (oryx).
In the later stages of the month, lions reappeared in Zone 1, including a pregnant female. We think the pride consists of two young males, two young females and the older, pregnant female. It seems that Zone 1 was the place to be in April as elephants also returned to the area. Two separate groups joined together to form a large herd of around 25 elephants.
Our expert guides were able to show some lucky guests a leopard kill that had been dragged along the ground and up into a tree. For the second month running, our trackers, spending hours in the blazing sun, gave guests a rhino experience every day. We have new female rhino in the area – we believe that they are previous calves returning to the area of their upbringing.
A very late cancellation meant that dinner was going spare. This created a role reversal with a few lucky staff on duty treated to the evening’s meal served by the managers. The immaculate service provided a demonstration of how it feels to be served at their own top level.