Updated: Jan 12, 2022
After our devastating 2016 agricultural and economic drought, during which it was touch and go for our animals, and businesses, we were blessed beyond belief with good rainfalls, at least in many regions of Namibia. Panorama Rock had a whopping average of 580 mm. The blackthorn bushes were in full blossom in August this year already! As result, at least we had a blooming tourism season in Namibia, and thanks to our visitors, a good year in our hunting season.
All our clients were very happy with the quality of their trophies. Thanks Gert, Sandri and Gunnar!
For our totally separate rare species breeding Program, we took advantage of the deteriorating game market, and refreshed our roan and sable gene pools. Young roan heifers were bought from our friends in the neighbourhood.
We were also granted a leopard tag, for those of you who might be interested. Gert has on three separate occasions sighted Leopard on the farm, and many tracks of Leopard are spotted regularly unfortunately, we also lost four cattle calves to Leopard.
Beautiful groups of huge kudu bulls are sighted more often, which is a relief. Kudu rabies did its rounds again, and it was impossible to tell what damage it did to trophy kudus. We once again hired a veterinarian and a helicopter and vaccinated some 150 Kudu and this time also vaccinated about 50 Eland. This decision was based on the successes of previous years.
The annual giraffe capturing was quite exciting to watch, especially getting the giraffes awake enough to be loaded after they were darted. Did you know when a giraffe’s head is lower than his heart it might die? Thus, observing the experienced capturing team was really educational, too.
Two groups of Zebra were fighting and they left a little zebra foal behind, luckily our neighbours took it and is raising it by hand to free it in the herd again at a later stage.
During 2017, we had an unexpected visit from a stray camel, which disappeared as mysteriously as it appeared. We still do not know where he came from. The “three wise men” was also missing.