We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a peaceful and happy New Year! A very big thank you to everyone who came to spend time with us at Gamsberg this year and made this season so wonderful. We had a great time with old and new clients from USA, Australia, UK, Belgium and Germany. Our new 'Rocky Mountains' camp has seen many visitors groups this year and is fully operational. Dan will be at Dallas Safari Club, booth number 2511, and SCI in Nashville, booth number 814.
We had two rhino calves born at Gamsberg in 2023, Cookie and Caille!
A tremendous bonus after the shock we had of the tragic poaching of the young bull ‘Kirby’ last year. We are more than pleased that over almost a decade of conserving rhino, we have had a total of ten rhino calves born at Gamsberg! Though two were sadly lost - one being Kirby, and the other a calf that died when it fell into a rocky crevice .
This amounts to a survival rate of 80 percent which speaks volumes of the success of this project . Not that we want to rest on our laurels - far from it , we are constantly aware of the poaching threat . But, it’s nice to have some good news!
We were very generously gifted a gyrocopter by an amazing donor (who prefers to stay anonymous), and a big portion of this year's recieved donations has been allocated to the construction of a hangar, runway and flight training, which Dan is currently undergoing. He did a short visit with his instructor from Swakopmund (where the training takes place) to Gamsberg already and should have his license completed shortly. A huge thank you to everyone who supported the Rhino project this year! The gyrocopter will be used for patroling, locating the Rhinos in difficult terrain, and quick response in case of any intruders being noticed.
Our leopard studies are also ongoing and we are seeing both familiar and 'new' leopards regularly. Below a photo of a big male that has been roaming Gamsberg and Mount Barry for years.
We have secured exciting opportunities for big game hunts the the Bwabwata West National Park in the north of Namibia. The quota for 2024 is sold, but inquiries for 2025 are open. The hunting area runs along the Okavango River and offers fantastic viewing opportunities of an abundance of game such as lion, elephant, hippo, etc. during the hunt. There is also the option to add on various plains game species. The camp is very comfortable and well suited for observers too. May through September are the best months, and can be easily combined with time at Gamsberg. The area can be reached with a scheduled flight from Windhoek to Rundu followed by a 2 hour drive, or a charter flight to Divundu close to the hunting area.
Snapshots of the season. Robin and 'Sultan Tikitimaji' having fun.
Kudu, after a successful hunt, Sable.
Group photo, at the range, Kudu with young.
En route to the Gaub, 2 of our 6 man anti poaching team.
With very best wishes from Robin and Pauline, Dan and Jana with Noah and Dustin, and all the staff team - Simeon, Gabriel, Lisias, Michael, Simon, Naftalie, Hendrik, Anton, Alma, Elina, Claudia, Paulina and Tina, and our dedicated anti poaching team.
More photos of the season below, photo credit of Rhino and Sable photos Sofia Molinaro, other photos by Robin and Pauline.