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12th February 2015

In a rare moment of peace I can watch the sun go down behind the mopane trees in the river behind build week camp. The heat has gone from the air, the mopane bees seem to have gone to bed and the earthy aroma of the wild sage lingers in the air. Dinner is babbling away in the pot, while a motley and very dirty crew are playing cards by the fire pit. The same crew have kept me entertained for days now and any moments spent away from them, make me want to go join them. So join them now I will – shuffle me in guys.

PS: The wall is making good progress.

16th February 2015

Our first day of patrol found us tracking the G6 herd, but with no luck. Setting up camp late, we were busy cooking the “quick + easy” dinner – spaghetti carbonara (yum!). But the G6 herd decided to grace us with their presence several times. A late dinner which no-one minded!

17/02/2015

Patrol week

Today we were awoken from the inside of our dewy sleeping bags by a cheery smile and hot cup of coffee. Attempts to start the car were made successful by Mattias and his gentle words of wisdom, then we were on our way.

We adventured into the west and after a while came across a delightful place for lunch. A few of us volunteers were feeling energetic and opted to trek up the dunes to find the ideal viewpoint for taking photos with our new friends.

Once back in the car we ventured further, with the surrounding area becoming greener and greener. After a while we stopped by a wetland and Chris opted to demonstrate his fishing skills-survival-esk. Imprinted in the mud we saw lion, hyena, baboon and elephant tracks.

We then trekked to the top of a koppie constructed of black basalt rocks. From the top we could see a group of 10 elephants, including a baby, no more than a month old. “Guys let’s find a place to camp” said Chris once we were back in the car. Our search was cut short as we came across a group of tourist whose car was stuck in the mud. We lend a hand and before long they were free, with big smile printed on their faces.

Not long after this we found a superb campsite and set up site.

18/02/2015

We woke up to an amazing sunrise on the desert of Damaraland. To make it even better, a hyena decided to do her morning walk near our campsite. It was a brown hyena, even Chris saw it for the first time. A great start for a great day!

It took us only a few hours to find the group of elephants that we saw yesterday. The landscape we drove through could not have been more beautiful!

As we found the elephants, we noticed that a few animals were not there. So after lunch we decided to go and find them. And so we did! We found another cow and her baby and a younger female. Not far from them a young bull made his way through the bush.

Tired and happy because we saw so many elephants we decided to set our camp early and have an – I was told – amazing Thai Curry.

It was a very guden day!