peeks at the world through my lens

Exploring the Wilds of Damaraland, Namibia

Namibia Days 8 and 9  were spent exploring the massive  Damaraland  (Palmweg) Concession in north-western Namibia. Daily sunrise departures from our camp into the concession provided the best opportunity to enjoy the cool mornings and experience the wildlife as they completed their nighttime activities and began to settle in and take cover from the approaching scorching sun and high temperatures. Our afternoons were spent taking cover as well, mostly resting/reading and playing games in the shade at camp. Late afternoon and evenings consisted of additional drives to explore the surroundings and/or gin and tonic “sundowners” as the sun dipped beneath the African horizon.

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Rhinoceros rubbing stone, which has been polished to a shine over the centuries by Rhinos scratching themselves.

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black-backed jackal

Black-backed jackal

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Baking bread in a cast iron pot over coals, a nightly ritual.

Oryx

Oryx

Hyena

Spotted Hyena

Hyenas

Creepy to think that if we stepped out of the vehicle these guys would tear us to shreds.

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Rüppell's Bustard 2

Rüppell’s Bustard

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welwitschia

Welwitschia (Welwitschia mirabilis), the “National” plant of Namibia and endemic to the Namib Desert. Each plant produces only two leaves, which split into many segments as a result of the leaves being whipped by the wind. The largest plants are over 1500 years old.

Zebra

 

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