The Young Hunters

Written October 24, 2014. By Karissa Killian (Westminster College)   On our second day in the Hoanib river bed on October 23rd, having seen five, young, collared male lions on our way into the Hoanib the day before, we decide to try and track them ourselves on our way to a new campsite. Vehi, of…

Just Lion Around

Written October 17th (posted late due to limited internet access in the field) By Sam Wasserman (Colby College)   “Woah, woah, woah, there’s an elephant!” Vehi stomped on the brakes, put the car in reverse, and backed up over the loose rock until twenty meters to our left, standing between two dense Salvadora persica trees,…

Early morning game drive

By Taylor Schlichting (Colby College)   5:45am wakeup, 6:00am breakfast is the daily routine. We sit around the table, quietly munching on our oatmeal with peanut butter, our bodies still numb from sleep. Since it is too early for the sun, our headlamps illuminate each others’ faces, occasionally catching the silvery glint of a tea…

Inaugural Bush Camp

By Rebecca McGehee (Carleton College) Written on October 3rd, 2014.   After spending all of last week around Wereldsend (our charming base camp in Palmwag Concession), we were all excited to go bush-camping. On Monday, September 29th, we packed up the trucks with all the gear we would need for our one-night bush camping trial,…

Lizards already!

By Jay Bongey (Northland College)   Hi everyone! Jay here at Round River Namibia. So it has been our first week here and I can tell you it has been AMAZING. It officially started at the Namibia airport where everyone involved in this trip arrived. It was there that I met up with our instructors Rebekah…

First week in Namibia

By Sam Wasserman (Colby College)   After driving along the dirt roads of northwest Namibia for 8 hours from Windhoek, we arrived at Wereldsend, our base camp oasis in the middle of the desert. We all eagerly moved into our tents, contemplating the fact that these canvas walls will be our new home for the…

World Rhino Day

Today is World Rhino Day, and at Round River we are reflecting on the work we have done over the years with our Namibia Student Program assisting groups such as Save the Rhino Trust.  We hope that our efforts in monitoring rhinos, developing habitat use models and ground-truthing those models, alongside the work of several…