What has happened to winter? This is a question that has been on everyone’s lips in the last few weeks as our daytime temperatures have hardly changed and the nights, although cool, have not been anywhere near as cold as one would expect the Okavango to be in winter - not that any of us are complaining mind you.
May must be the perfect time to travel to the Okavango Delta - the days are beautifully sunny with hardly a cloud in the sky and the nights are crisp and cold enough to enjoy the warmth and serenity of the camp fire. Add to the fact that the myriad insects have diminished - a fact that is illustrated by the disappearance of all the summer migrant birds like the woodland kingfishers that gorge themselves on insects all through the summer months and move to “greener pastures” when their abundant food source is depleted.
The Abu Concession has been brimming with activity this month with the rising water levels further influencing animals' territories and home ranges as the water reclaims more land once available to terrestrial mammals and converts it to a watery playground for hippo and elephant.
Leopard sightings have been fantastic, with as many as four different individuals being seen on one full-day safari while the same lucky guests got to see the end of a mighty baobab that was pushed down by a massive elephant bull and fed off for hours. No longer will this magnificent tree’s silhouette be seen against the setting sun. The cycle of life and death in the bush is continuous and endless...
Hyaena have also been prolific this month with two separate den sites being identified. These have proved to be ideal for anyone interested in photography as one of the dens is home to a clutch of very photogenic cubs.
The Abu Herd had quite the exciting adventure this month as they became stars of yet another BBC production and spent five nights camping out with the handlers in a remote spot up near one of the larger flowing channels as part of a new 3D documentary set to come out later this year.
Undoubtedly the most exciting news to come from Mike Chase and his research department this month was the confirmed sighting of an oribi in the concession, an antelope I had certainly never expected to find here! Well done to our anti-poaching rangers for picking this up and for all their hard work keeping our concession safe.
Until next month,
Warm regards from the Abu team
Managers in camp: Nathan, Claire, Ian and Caroline.
Guides in camp: Taps, KG and Speedy.