How Sandfontein is helping the community
Sandfontein Lodge & Nature Reserve has a responsibility that extends far beyond protecting the natural environment. Many in Namibia are poor, without the basics many of us take for granted, and Sandfontein believes there are certain things – like access to regular, healthy meals – which everyone is entitled to.
This winter seems to be much colder than last year, some areas of Namibia have had minus degrees not just once this season! Here it’s luckily not been that cold. We even had a little bit more rain this week. And that little bit of rain brings out the colour in the desert and all over the farm one can spot these little bushes or flowers in bloom. Read more
Initiated by the dedicated team of N/a’an ku sê was the release of several cheetahs and 1 leopard – altogether 4 animals at Sandfontein.
The following text is taken from the original report and has been adjusted by us:
THE RELEASE OF A LIFETIME
Saturday 25th June saw the beginning of one of the biggest translocation and release programmes ever attempted in Namibia. 7 cheetahs and 1 leopard. 2 release sites, travelling through 3 regions and 7 districts of Namibia. All in 8 days. N/a’an ku sê has never embarked on a challenge to relocate so many big cats at the same time. But we’re never one to shy away from a challenge. Read more
Welcome back to Sandfontein News – there are a couple of things we’d like to share with the rest of the world.
Most of you probably have heard that Namibia and Southern Africa got a lot of rain lately and also our area has been really lucky this season. Not too little and not too much actually, just the right amount to make the whole 80.000 hectare of the Sandfontein reserve look beautiful and lush with grass. We have received another 25 – 40 mm rain last week which is already considered winter rain and which will make especially the bushes green and the flowers bloom. That’s winter in Southern Namibia! Read more
Please welcome with us our new rhino bull “Iyuduko” who was translocated by the MET team (Ministry of Environment and Tourism) on Thursday night last week to Sandfontein. Iyuduko is an approximately 3-4 year old bull. Let me tell you, he kept us already on our toes. After he was released the first thing he did was to brake through the fence and go for a drink at the Orange River! We were afraid that we would need the whole MET team back including helicopter, veterinarian, crate, lorry, etc, etc, to get him back into the game fenced area. But after he saw that there was not much going on at the river he decided to come back! His name means in Ovambo language “the one that doesn’t listen”. We wish him all the best and a long happy life on Sandfontein!
We took these pictures last Friday afternoon driving towards Girtis – one farm belonging to the reserve – and the Orange River. The sunset with the clouds were spectacular and the colours amazing! To capture the beauty of this place is difficult but I do hope that these images can give a slight idea of the scenery! Enjoy!
Have you ever been out on a night when the stars are so low that you want to touch them? That you want to brush your fingers through the milky way and give it a good swirl? Have you ever had the sensation heaven is blinking down on you with millions of tiniest flashlights? Have you ever gazed into a starry sky and felt really, really small but nevertheless part of the great universe? Well, you haven’t? Then you have never experienced a night out on Sandfontein, out under the African night sky!
Myself growing up in Europe having for the first time seen a night sky without ANY disturbing lights from anywhere nearby – or any disturbing noises! – this is really an experience one can’t describe. This you must experience yourself!
Here on Sandfontein there are hardly any nights when you can’t see stars. Oh well, let me put it that way. When the moon is waxing and becoming fuller, the brightness of the stars is fading quickly. This is the only “disturbing” light there is! I believe one can cope with that.
On some nights you can be really lucky to see shooting stars as well. And I mean lucky. Be prepared to make a lot of wishes! I have had my share, however – and this is true – just recently someone counted 9 shooting stars in 2 hours! And I’m talking those amazing long and bright ones that shoot across the whole sky!
For all who want to know more about stargazing and dark sky tourism, see the link <stargazing deluxe>.
We’ve been really lucky again and had more rain over the weekend adding up to approximately 65mm altogether so far- which is amazing for this area with an average rainfall of 50 – 100 mm/year! Some parts of Sandfontein had probably even more than that and the grass is standing high!
Talking about rain in the last Blog, we were so lucky to start the new year with a couple of rainy days and the usually dry river beds were running with water!
A large part of the property got nice and wet and just after a couple of days the world started changing!
Little bushes which seemed dead turned a bright scarlet red like the beautiful Desert Rose hermannia strictacontrasting with the fresh green of the milk-bushes euphorbia gariepinaand gregaria. These succulent shrubs give off a milky and toxic latex when damaged. However they are one of the favourite foods of the Black Rhino, and the Kudus love to indulge the newly grown tips!
Some of our dams filled up after the rain which is always an amazing sight in this dry world. Grass is showing its first fine tips giving the landscape a fresh touch of life again.
What more can one ask than to start the new year like that? We are positive that we will get more rain since our rainy season is only beginning now.
The next exciting event that is coming up shortly is the release of a leopard on Sandfontein organised by Rudie and Marlice van Vuuren of N/a’a ku sê, see www.naankuse.com! We will keep you updated.
Hi to all friends and fans of Sandfontein! This is my first try to publish something on the BLOG, so please be patient with me if it doesn’t look or sound right…. .
Anyway, I’ll try to write regularly on this page now to let, whoever wants to, be part of our daily life and happenings here on our little farm. The weather is similar to what you can see in the picture, warm and sunny with a cloudless blue sky. A lot of you would probably like to be here to spend this beautiful day at the Lodge around the pool and enjoy a light lunch in the company of good friends! Can’t blame you!
We are actually not complaining especially since it hasn’t been really hot yet this year. However WE would kill for some rain. It is very, very dry this season and honestly I would love to see some green grass…. .
One HUGE step forward is our new improved Telephone set up and you can reach me now on Skype call:
rodica.agenbach I hope to hear from you!