The Rain

Written November 7, 2014 By Sam Wasserman (Colby College)   After spending a couple days back at Wereldesend getting the car fixed and restocking on food, we headed back into the field towards northern Palmwag Concession. As we drove through Palmwag, a no hunting zone where the animals show no fear towards humans, zebra, springbok, gemsbok,…

The Hunt

By Sam Wasserman (Colby College)   When I heard that Vehi and Steven, the professional hunter of Sesfontein Conservancy, were going out on a hunt to shoot a springbok, I was excited. I myself had never hunted before, nor had I even eaten such freshly harvested meat. Moreover, sustainable hunting within conservancies of Namibia is…

Recovery Mode

By Kristina Benoist (Westminster College)   The group has now entered what we like to call, “Recovery Mode” from the Fjords. This has provided an excuse for eating endless amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables, taking long naps in the sun, and constantly reminiscing about the amazing Fjords adventure we’ve just come back from; not…

Climbing

Written on October 30, 2014. By Rebecca McGehee (Carleton College)   Not a single day passes when something extraordinary does not occur here. On Saturday (25 Oct), we climbed up Ganamub Mountain with two game guards from Sesfontein Conservancy, Ricky and Pienaar. It had a prominence of about 430m, but was one of the highest peaks…

The Fjords

By Elliott Casper (University of Vermont)   It was a sunny and gorgeous day in Tortel, a rare occurrence over the last 3 weeks, but it always seems to be sunny the day you leave. The Fjords were finally coming to an end whether we liked it or not. Most of us were quiet and…

La Valle Esperanza

November 3, 2014 By Natalie Stoneburner (CSBSJU)   After successfully completing our first backpacking adventure in the Fjords, our group spent a few days recuperating in CONAF’s refugio in Fiordo Bernardo. In the refugio (a small remote house built for the guardaparques while they are in the field) we spent our days catching up on…

Visit to Sesfontein School

By Taylor Schlichting (Colby College)   We awkwardly stood, the center of attention at the front of the classroom, about twenty five expectant eyes on us. “So we’re from Round River Conservation Studies” Rebekah begins, introducing herself and stating her favorite animal as a way of confirming to the kids that we are not there…

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…