Roxanne Reid

  • The Living Desert: 10 Small, Miraculous Critters Of The Namib

    critters of the namib By Roxanne Reid, 7:00 pm

    In the Namib Desert, life is defined by lack of water – just 3-15mm of rain a year – and by overwhelming heat, where sand surface temperature can reach 75C (167F). Luckily, the Atlantic Ocean supplies moisture in the form of fog that can reach 140 km inland. This fog is the heartbeat of the Namib and directly or indirectly benefits all living things, which have adapted in ingenious ways to survive. Here are some of the miraculous little critters of the Namib that manage to thrive in this harsh environment.

  • Where The Wild Things Are: 10 Of The Best Water Holes In Etosha National Park

    giraffes at water holes in etosha By Roxanne Reid, 7:00 pm

    Etosha National Park in northern Namibia is probably one of the best wildlife parks in all of southern Africa, the game viewing at its water holes unmatched. There are more than 40 water holes in Etosha, each with its own strengths – unless they’re dry or there’s water everywhere in the veld after good rains, which usually fall between November and April. For the most consistently good wildlife sightings over the years, here are 10 of my favourites.

  • The Lords Of Kunene: Tracking Rhinos At Desert Rhino Camp, Namibia

    By Roxanne Reid, 9:03 am

    Crunch, crunch, crunch. A dozen eager tourists walking up a stony hillside, making more noise than 100 elephants. A few feet from the top our guide tapped the side of his shoe, the sign for us to engage super-silent mode. We were tracking desert rhino in Namibia, and one of them was just over the hill. We needed stealth mode because although a rhino’s eyesight is poor, its hearing is sharp. We were trying not to disturb it. And given that black rhinos can have a short fuse, we obviously didn’t want to trigger a charge.