Go Big Namibia Day 6: Big Tracks


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Just after sunrise, the team set off from Grootberg lodge through the Klip River Valley for a day of rhino tracking. This region of Namibia is renowned for it's lush, unspoilt beauty, rocky landscapes and free roaming wildlife.

We navigated the bumpy ride with smiles and cameras flashing, taking in the spring-sprinkled trees and beautiful zebras and antelope.  

Three hours later we received word that the trackers (who had set off on foot earlier) had spotted a rhino. We left the vehicles and headed up the mountain on foot. After about a kilometer, we were lucky enough to spot the male rhino named Hans Otto. He was resting in a clearing. We were sure to stay upwind from him so he couldn't catch our scent.

The black rhino population in the area has increased from three in 1998 to ten in 2013 due to the diligent work of the #Khaodi/Hoas Conservancy, their commitment to conservation and their brave promise to live side by side with wildlife.

On the way back to the lodge, we even encountered a small pride of young lions sunning themselves under the trees - a photographer’s dream. Another brilliantly adventurous day.

 

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An early start, but the views alone made it worthwhile

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The long drive in search of the rhinos

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At last we spot some rhino tracks

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We set off on foot to get a closer

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The reward

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Diligent conservancy managers document every rhino sighting to keep tabs on these endangered animals

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And we found some lions on drive home (as you do)

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Grootberg lodge - a sight for sore eyes after a long day of rhino tracking

 

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