The Journey Begins

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What a privilege it is to work in this industry.  Our world never seize to amaze and the Nature Travel Namibia team experience this magnificence every time we travel with our guests.

Be a part of this journey here on our blog as we update you on trip reports, special destinations and spoil you with photographs from our safaris and trips.

Looking for Leopards

This young male was spotted on the first afternoon drive of a recent Birding Namibia safari in the Waterberg area of central Namibia. We stopped to photograph a very relaxed Red-crested Korhaan close to the road and after spending about five minutes at the sighting we happen to turn around and see the leopard about 30 meters behind the vehicle. He was also very relaxed and not worried about our presence at all.

Then after dinner that same day we departed for a night drive with the main focus on Owls and other nocturnal birds. We stopped when we heard an African Scops Owl and while searching for it with the spotlight we saw the eyes of this young female leopard. She was actually very inquisitive and came quite close to the vehicle to investigate. Everyone enjoyed the close-up views until she disappeared behind our open 4×4 safari vehicle and we lost her in the spotlight when you suddenly feel very vulnerable. Luckily she just continued walking down the track and we left her in peace to continue her search for prey.

The third leopard sighting was very special. It was towards the end of the safari and we were staying at Erongo Wilderness Lodge in the Erongo Mountains of western Namibia – a very special place. Most of the other guests were out on a drive or walk and we were at the main deck overlooking a small waterhole enjoying the displaying Freckled Nightjars when we suddenly saw an adult female appear at the waterhole for a drink. The amazing thing about this sighting is that although this is a wilderness area it is not a game reserve or national park. We are very fortunate to have a very high population of free ranging leopards and cheetahs in Namibia.

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Off course the opposite also holds true in that we normally see all the endemic and sought after birds on safaris with clients that have absolutely no interest in birds whatsoever. So in future when you feel that you have been very unlucky with leopard sightings just tell your guide to focus on finding rare birds – you might just be lucky enough to see one of the beautiful elusive spotted cats.

Predators Galore in Etosha

Although Etosha has had a lot of early rain this year with the park green and beautiful we still had excellent wildlife sightings. The highlight was definitely spending the last few minutes of daylight yesterday with a very relaxed young leopard. After giving us excellent views close to the vehicle she had to get out of the way of an approaching Hyena before she moved off after a herd of Impala.

Another fantastic sighting was first finding a pride of lions on the move just before a huge thunderstorm hit and then finding the same pride the next morning with two Zebra kills. They must have used the approaching storm and strong winds to ambush the Zebra as they were killed not far from where we had to leave them as the camp gates were closing. With the two carcasses lying on both sides of the vehicle and close to the road everyone had excellent views of the pride which consist of a big male, 5 lionesses and 4 sub-adults feeding, resting and then deciding to drag one of the carcasses to a shady spot.

A personal highlight was a rare sighting of a very relaxed African Wild Cat in broad daylight at about 09h00 in the morning near Okondeka Waterhole north of Okaukuejo. After the initial sighting of this normally shy and secretive nocturnal cat and expecting it to move away from the vehicle, we were surprised and very happy as the cat approached our vehicle to within a few meters searching for potential prey all the time. A truly magical sighting that does not happen very often.

Other predator seen during the few days in Etosha include a female Cheetah with cubs, plenty of Spotted Hyenas and then finding the dens of Cape Fox, Bat-eared Fox and Black-backed Jackal within a few kilometers of one another. A truly great time to visit Etosha with plenty of baby animals around and very few other people.

Besides the predators seen on this trip we also had great sightings of Black Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Damara Dik-Dik, Banded Mongoose and a great variety of bird-life with all the European migrants present. Etosha National Park is open throughout the year and is part of our Classic Namibia, Etosha, Caprivi, Chobe and Victoria Falls and Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls Spectacular Safaris. We hope to see you on safari very soon!.

Five Aardvarks on one safari

On a recent Namibia endemic birding and nocturnal animal safari, we did two night drives on consecutive nights in Damaraland where we saw 3 of these strange looking animals on the first night followed by another the following night.

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Two of them actually came close to the vehicle to investigate, which gave us a chance to really enjoy this rare sighting. From here we moved to a reserve/concession bordering Etosha National Park where we saw two more on a night drive!

The Aardvark is one of the most elusive of all animals to find on safari in Africa and yet the signs of them being around is everywhere. They feed on ants and termites and with their spade-like nails and stout legs they are capable of digging excessive burrows to find food and to provide shelter during the daylight hours. These burrows are then used by a variety of other animals for shelter and denning. They prefer open woodland or scrubland but are found in a variety of habitats. They are found through most of Africa south of the Sahara but are absent in the central African forest zone.

Besides being so lucky with Aardvark sightings we also managed to see Porcupine, African Wild Cat, Cape Fox, Bat-eared Fox, Cheetah, Springhare, Aardwolf (an incredible 6 of them in total), Spotted Hyena and Lion on the night drives. We are planning another nocturnal wildlife safari in June 2018 and can be arranged on request if you have special interest in nocturnal animals.