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12th January 2015

The year has started off with a bang for EHRA team! After only 5 minutes after our arrival at base camp Mamma Afrika’s herd appeared in a distance. With gear all around the place we moved to the viewing window of the Pleasure dome’s patio to watch the herd. It was very exciting to watch them. Later the Ugab small herd also came into the camp and joined them and both moved down the river, keeping an eye on us. Much later the herds moved past us in the tree house, stopping for less than 8 minutes away from us. Could our first few hours in camp get any better? Well yes, Voortrekker sneaked around the bend and after a quick drink, moved on further up the river

Mel, Scotland

January 16, 2015 End of week 1/Build week

Any group that gets to participate in EHRA’s project is lucky – when else in your life will you have the opportunity to help Namibian farmers, fall asleep with the breeze on your skin and a view of the stars, and live at a “base camp” where elephants stroll past and genets climb through the kitchen? We felt our group was especially lucky this week because we got to complete the rock wall at our build site! So many groups before us put in the effort to make this wall and thanks to lucky timing and determined work we got to see it finished and return to base camp on Thursday. That meant we had time on Friday morning to help with some home improvement projects around base camp! It really does feel like a cosy home with the best outdoor shower ever and our nice sleeping platform in the tree to catch the breeze. Advice we would pass on to future volunteers: bring lots of wet wipes and sparkling juice as an afternoon pick-me-up on build week. Don’t forget your work gloves, sun hat and a sense of humour!

Andy

20th January

Our patrol week began with a tip-off that the G6 herd were heading our way....but there was no appearance from them before we set off. Our agenda was to see if Mamma Afrika had rejoined her herd. The last time she was spotted was 4 weeks ago on a patrol. We caught up with Mamma Afrika’s herd quickly down the Ugab river. Ullysses came immediately to greett us in the truck followed by one of the juvenile females and another baby. Mamma Afrika was not to be seen. We continued down river and came upon Tusker feeding by himself. We continued on to the Brandberg, but then Chris decided that tracking the G6 herd might lead to Mamma Afrika’s whereabouts. We headed back upriver, stopping to say hello to Mamma Afrika herd, the Ugab small and Voortrekker. Narrowly dodging Kambonde hiding behind a tree, Ullysseb and Cheeky came to say hello to us in the truck as well.

We headed off to find the G6 herd after a quick change of a flat tyre and a stop at base camp. We found them after 2 days bush whacking with the land cruiser. They were shy and trying to avoid us so we left them to it. Mamma Afrika is still unaccounted for.

Today we travelled back to the wetlands of the Ugab river. It involved quite a bit of 3WD driving and lots of reeds are still stuck in the land cruiser. No Mamma Afrika, but tracks of Black Rhino, Hyena and Lion meant that we drove a lot further to set up camp for the last night on patrol, but still Mathias slept with both eyes open!