On the Trail of the Desert Little Five …

Dawie’s Update from the Namibia Landscapes & Wildlife Photo Tour …

What a fabulous day in the desert!

We had breakfast very early again and were ready to depart for our desert experience by 07:00. We were in search of the Little Five and hoped that we would see some or even most of them. Yes, we saw the five – and more …

First we saw a beautiful Palmato Gecko. We crawled around to photograph the colourful little lizard from every possible angle.

Then our guide spotted Desert Chameleon tracks in the sand. We jumped out of our vehicle and there it was. Once again we crawled around in the sand to get those perfect eye level shots, oblivious to anything except what we could see in our viewfinders. Next our guide took out a few mealworms to give the little creature a treat and of course we were able to photograph the Chameleon as it ate the little tidbits.

Next came a Fitzsimmons Legless Skink skulking in the dunes, pretending to be a snake. Down again into the sand we went and were rewarded again with outstanding closeup eye-level photographs.

We continued our quest for the Five, and our next find was when we came across a Shovel-shouted Lizard. Out came our wide-angled lenses again and we found ourselves on the desert floor once more.

Aha! The one that many think of as synonymous with the Namibian Desert – the Sidewinder. Of course we saw the snake! He was well camouflaged in the sand when we first found him, but he very cooperatively gave us time to photograph his excellent attempts at hiding from us before he emerged from the sand and to our delight started to make his way up the dune with that typical side winding motion that gives the species their descriptive name. At the top of the dune he dug his way back into the sand, so we left him in peace.

After accomplishing our Little Five Quest we took a slow drive back to our hotel in Swakopmund, where we arrived happy and satisfied and in time for dinner.

In the morning we depart for Etosha …