Memories of Namibia

As we look ahead to our next Namibia expedition in 2016, Woodlore’s Dan Hume unearths some unseen photos from his last visit to this remarkable country.

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Isaac, one of our bushman guides, and Ray pause under the shade of a tree for a few moments before continuing to look for leopard tracks

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Baboons are often overlooked, but if you take the time to observe them closely you’ll be treated to a fascinating display of behaviour that isn’t too dissimilar to our own!

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You can see by the size of these two cheetahs’ stomachs that they have just had a successful hunt and a good feed. Even so, while they were resting by the termite mound they were still sizing up a nearby kudu!

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A man full of cheer, Reinhardt Ngaringombe is one of the most knowledgeable and dedicated guides we work with. He always goes out of his way to ensure his guests have a great time.

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Namibia is a remarkable landscape of huge horizons which seem to stretch on forever in every direction

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A particularly impressive termite mound – even Isaac wanted to stop and take a closer look!

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Under the relentless African sun, a giraffe browses despite the fierce thorns

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As with all species, water means life to elephants and they can consume 200 litres in a single day

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The stark reality of the illegal rhino horn trade: In an effort to dissuade poachers from killing these animals, many national parks and game reserves have now resorted to removing horns before they become victims. In South Africa alone, 1004 rhinos were illegally killed in 2013, 1215 last year, and 393 as of April this year – the statistics are frightening when you consider the entire African population is only approximately 25,000 individuals. Please take a look at http://www.savetherhino.org for more information.

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After a long day of tracking, Isaac looks pensively over the bush as the day draws to a close

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If you’ve spent time in the African bush you’ll hear a sound as well as see a pretty sunset when you look at this photograph. In the early evening, the deep, drawn out roars of male lions dominate the atmosphere and this photo conjures up a mixture of emotions. The lion becomes a very different beast once darkness has returned to the bush!

If you would like to learn the art of tracking in the African bush, under the tutelage of Ray Mears and the San bushmen, please take a look at our Tracking in Namibia Expedition in 2016. Alternatively, if  you would like to learn tracking skills within the UK, we still have some spaces remaining on the Woodlore Tracking & Nature Awareness course this July.

 

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