Before finishing this amazing babymoon with a few nights in Windhoek, we got another special treat for our last night in the bush! We went to find the Pangolin!
Pangolin are extremely rare scaly anteaters, and a highly endangered species. In all our 15 years of safari experience we had never seen one in person before, so we were quite excited, even though it meant we wouldn’t be sleeping much here the last night.
Around midnight we left in our 4×4 with a guide, the bushmen tracker had been looking for tracks for a few hours and had announced via the radio that he might have found something, so we accompanied him. With long sleeves, long pants and headlamps on we pulled through the bush between the bushes. It was dead quiet when the guide signaled us to stop. What we saw then is really something to never forget!
Pangolins are incredibly beautiful animals, with a huge tail perfectly balanced horizontally parallel to the ground, yet only walking on their two legs!
Their many hard scales make a loud rattle and they move quite fast, but we can perfectly follow our found specimen on foot until it stops at an active ant nest and starts to feast on it with its enormous long tongue. She is immediately attacked by thousands of ants, but she does not move a millimeter. What a beautiful prehistoric animal!
Unfortunately, Asia still believes that the scales of these animals have healing powers and hundreds of thousands are poached every year.
We therefore hope to contribute to protecting African nature with our “Atelier Africa Safaris”. In all safaris we created, we always try to show our travelers the most beautiful protected areas in Africa, because to conclude in the words of Sir David Attenborough:
“Nobody will protect what you don’t care about.
And no one cares about what they’ve never experienced. ”