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With only in the region of 120 free roaming desert adapted lion remaining in Namibia, and the increase in incidents of human-animal conflict on the rise, Dr Philip Stander of Desert Lion Conservation, tracks and monitors these unique animals.
  Over the past few months conflict between the lions and farmers in the Kunene region of Namibia has reached a peak, with farmers' patience tried to the limit. With the drought lions stray into farming areas and cattle are in the core wildlife areas. Losing 10 cattle means ruin for a small farmer.
  Flip Stander and Garth Owen-Smith, of IRDNC, and are attempting to manage the lion emergency; liasing with communities, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and tourism operators. Benefits from tourism to the area are long term and the predation of their animals immediate.
  Money is urgently needed for the erection of kraals and more collars, so that lions can be tracked in real-time and farmers alerted as to their position. Dr Stander relies solely on donations from the public and support from local tourism operators,these can be made by contacting  logistics@desertlion.info
  Dr Stander has devoted his life's work and resources to researching the desert adapted lions of Namibia, managing human-animal conflict in an environment of sustainable tourism. 
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Events over a period of 3 days at Little Somavundhla pan in Wilderness Safaris' Makololo Concession. Hwange, Zimbabwe. Can you figure out what happened here?
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Nestled in the Ongava Reserve, adjacent to Etosha National Park in Namibia, lies a Namibian gem - Ongava Tented Camp (OTC).

Located in a wooded area of Mopane trees, both the dining area and Meru-stlye tents all overlook a waterhole teeming with bird and animal life including the occasional lion and rhino. Relaxing OTC-style includes lounging around a pool, or enjoying dinner with brightly coloured weaver birds constructing their nests overhead while overlooking a waterhole and wallow with their ever-changing visitors.

The appeal of Ongava Tented Camp lies in the fact that one is literally part of the surroundings, the proximity of game, while still maintaining the luxury of excellent accommodation and food.  OTC is enhanced by staff and guides with extensive knowledge and experience and its small guest numbers.

 Ongava Tented Camp is the place for close-up animal encounters.
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Murray Illston:

Brilliant !!

(08.12.12)
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African safaris are always special, but now and then one finds one that is not only different, but makes a difference. The opportunity to track the critically endangered black rhino with Save the Rhino Trust, Namibia (SRT), is a safari in a category all on its own.

SRT is a NGO founded in response to the large scale poaching of rhino and other species of wildlife. Comprised of a group of local people and conservationists concerned about the destruction of their country's wildlife, they began a collaborative effort to protect the remaining desert-adapted black rhino and encourage its recovery. The Kunene region is home to the largest concentration of black rhino on earth to survive on land that has no formal conservation status. One third of the worlds black rhino are found in Namibia - a testament to the collaboration between the Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism, SRT and the local tourism industry.

Based at Wilderness Safaris' luxurious Desert Rhino Camp you get the opportunity to track black rhino on foot and hopefully not get too close. An experience never to be forgotten! While enjoying an early breakfast, the tracking team of Save the Rhino Trust set out to hopefully locate these impressive, solitary animals. Keeping in contact with them by radio, following them by Land Rover takes you through the stark landscape of red rocks, spotted with the toxic Euphorbia damarana which comprises a large part of the black rhino's diet. It can be hot, really hot, and spotting 'wet poop', as out guide Clement put it, a real relief.

From there it's on foot over those same red rocks, as quietly as the terrain allows, stalking these skittish animals, but the thrill of seeing these magnificent, almost prehistoric-looking animals, makes it all worth while. All the excitement is followed by lunch at a nearby spring, during which the trackers complete their logs and talk about the work of the trust.

For those who want a more interactive experience than the standard OESODES (observe-eat-siesta-observe-drink-eat-sleep) safari, this is an experience I highly recommend! I would though, suggest starting your safari in an area of higher wildlife density and visiting Desert Rhino Camp later in your itinerary.
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Serra Cafema Camp is one of the most remote camps in all of Southern Africa and offers one of the most memorable experiences in Namibia. Inspired by the pioneering spirit of the area and the Himba aesthetic, Serra Cafema is an unexpected oasis of luxury and spaciousness perched on the Kunene River which forms Namibia's northernmost border.
The camp's Portuguese name comes from the mountains to the north that dominate the skyline. The region is shared with wonderful Himba people who are some of the last true nomadic people in Africa. The Kunene River is the only permanent source of water in the whole region and the river creates a lush oasis along it's banks surrounded by rugged mountains and sand dunes.
Wilderness Safaris is first and foremost a conservation company and Serra Cafema Camp is leased from the 300 000-hectare Marienfluss Conservancy which is comprised primarily of local Himba people, one of the last semi-nomadic peoples on earth.  Successful ecotourism the most important revenue earner and employer for communities.


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Mark Huthwaite:

Hi Olwen, Great web design crisp and clean, with stunning photos (you must have found a very good photographer!) Well done! Mark

(12.22.09)
Helen Benard:

Excellent!

(12.22.09)
Anthea Strijdom:

The photography is beautiful, at one stage I lived in Namibia and these photos bring back great memories.

(12.23.09)
Jutta Tebje-Kelly:

You never cease to amaze....

(12.30.09)
Johann Cloete:

Hi Olwen, all the best for the new year. Still at Damaraland Camp.You would have taken nice pictures of the 3 black RHINO I saw this morning.

(01.04.10)
Gillian Evans:

Watching this is like being there again, and breathing in Africa at its best. Your talent is boundless, as surely that is what every artist strives for-to transport the viewer to that place in all but reality.

(07.23.10)
Gillian Evans:

Watching this is like being there again, and breathing in Africa at its best. Your talent is boundless, as surely that is what every artist strives for-to transport the viewer to that place in all but reality.

(07.23.10)
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