HABITAT FOR RHINO GAMSBERG AND MT BARRY

Namibia is a country that is probably the leader in wildlife and habitat conservation in Africa. A well-earned and enviable reputation. Wildlife ownership, its sustainable use and stewardship are all encouraged by Government. As such, wildlife and its habitat are seen as hugely important assets well worth looking after and benefitting humans at the same time.

As is the case with all assets, there is a need for management. We are wildlife managers and care deeply for our wild animals and the land they habituate. Our very existence and the life we love, living on a day to day basis with wild animals, depends wholly on the wellbeing of a thriving, healthy and stable wildlife population.

Our six rhinos are doing very well, and have become a popular draw for visitors to Namibia. We see them daily, at their feeding stations. Rain is much needed, and we hope to get some soon to relieve all our wildlife. Our NYIME antipoaching team consists of 2 armed guards, who track and report on the rhinos daily, and also keep an eye open for any unusual activity on the ranch.

We frequently get asked whether we plan to hunt these rhino, and the answer is "No". We are extremely fond of them, and are pleased to have the perfect habitat and acreage for them to live in, thanks to the support and friendship of our clientele - legal, ethical, fair chase hunters.

 
     
 

Groot Gamsberg Leopard Survey

We have been monitoring the leopard populations at Groot Gamsberg since 2002. ‘Trail Cams’ (motion sensor cameras) are placed at various game trails, water points and baits spread over an area of approximately 8500 hectares. We currently have 12 main baiting points, 9 of which have overlooking ‘blinds’ built nearby to view the leopards feeding. We have identified 12 different Leopards in the area (based on sex, size, facial features and the unique individual neck patterns that each leopard has). We estimate there to be around 16 different leopards that pass through. Some have territories spread over a number of different properties, and not simply our own.

Baits are placed in trees, secured with wire in strategic positions generally near or on game trails, in reasonable cover and also (where possible) places where we have established leopard movement, from their spoor. Leopards here have large territories, and sometimes it takes 2 weeks before you get a hit; sometimes not at all if the leopard has made a fresh kill of its own. As well as certainly being a game of strategy there is a factor of chance involved and obviously the more baits you put in the right places the greater the chance of getting a hit.

The leopards generally start feeding at night, although once they get comfortable and acquainted with an area they often come in the daytime also. What time a leopard comes to feed also depends on how far it is from where he/she might be sleeping, having the baits in areas with good cover, rocks, mountains, caves e.t.c. means the leopard will stay much closer to the bait and giving it more of a chance to be seen in the day (generally early morning, late afternoon/evening as it is in these daylight hours that they are most active).
We certainly have a passion for the Leopards here at Robin Hurt Safari Company and are very happy to have such a good and healthy population at Groot Gamsberg.

Note: We would like to thank Mr Lewis Mull very much for his kind donation of Trail Cams for this Survey.

     
 
     
 
     
 

Corporate Social Responsibility and Staff Training
Staff Training
We are very proud of our staff, many of whom have been with us for several years. We support the local Namibian community by creating as much employment as possible. We aim to constantly develop our staff’s skills and enable them to bring out the best in them, and have sent many for skills development training, including Household Management/Cooking/Waiter training, Professional Hunter courses, and Anti Poaching Courses.

First Response Medical Aid courses are held on site regularly, and we have on the job training plans for Maids, household staff, trackers, skinners, guides and gardeners.
At Mount Barry we welcome the "Children in the Wilderness " expedition yearly. Disadvantaged children are taken on a week-long trek through the harsh terrain of the Gaub Riverbed with the aim of not only survival training, but also developing personal skills through this unique experience.

 


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The 2017 season is well under way with lovely guests and friends from all over the world.

We have received excellent rains after a 3 year drought, with rain lasting all the way through April.                 read more

 
 
   
   

June 2016 - RF, Mexico: My first time in Africa could not have been better. Thank you so much for an amazing experience.

May 2016 - EA, Texas: Groot Gamsberg Ranch is a wonderful place of fun, hospitality, adventure and excitement. A true sportsman's safari. I will always remember the excitement and joy I had with you. I cannot wait for a return visit and the chance to bring my family.

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