+$5:02 a.m. – After more coffee and a warm muffin, researcher Jeff Muntifering and trackers Martin Nawaseb, Dansieke Ganaseb and Victor Uses and I head out in one truck. I’m in the passenger seat, Jeff is driving and three trackers take the al fresco bench seat retrofitted into the back of the pickup truck. The rest of my fellow travelers will join us later, heading into the desert in a safari vehicle like the one above.
+$5:37 a.m. – We swung by an area called Zebra Spring, approximately 4 miles from our camp. Black rhinos have been known to frequent this region. One of the guys up top knocks on the roof. Jeff pulls to a sudden halt near a solo tree, grabs his binoculars and hops out, all in one smooth motion. The rest of us sat silent.