The month of August started on a high note! It was actually a continuation of the previous month’s superb predator and general game viewing. The Magotlho male leopard (named for a place on the eastern side of Banoka) and lions were seen in the area in different locations, all very relaxed. The seven wild dogs with puppies were seen around camp chasing impala, and of course, not forgetting the rare sighting of an aardvark
The elephants are back in camp as well. There were a couple of big bulls seen every day and they spent their days grazing and browsing on mopane woodlands and at the Banoka Lagoon at the main area to quench their thirst. The big herd of buffalo and sable antelope were also among species seen quite often this month, especially at the western side of the concession. In addition giraffe, impala, kudu, steenbok, tsessebe, velvet monkeys and chacma baboons make our concession a complete safari destination.
We spotted quite a few different species at the lagoon in front of camp this month. This was due to the fact that the lagoon is drying out and all the birds want to join in the feast of the remaining fish. We already spotted some of the summer migrants such as carmine bee-eaters and yellow-billed kites towards the end of August.
Climate and water levels
We received the last dregs of winter towards the end of the month with very chilly mornings and temperatures dropping drastically at night. Water levels have also dropped dramatically and so we have been unable to do mokoro activities, however we have been using the motor boats.
Heritage Day was celebrated during the month and on this day we had elders from the village come and share their culture with our guests and promote Khwai village.
“I found it very positive that you employ and promote local people. The managers and staff only talk positively about Wilderness as their employer. Mama Bee and the entire staff were great!”
“The food was excellent, the tour to the village was impressive, the tour guide Onx and Dicks were exceptional and fabulous.”
Staff in Camp
Managers – Bonang ‘Mama B’ Mambo and Mishack Jack known as Mish
Guides – Chief, Luke and Onkabetse Mothupi
Newsletter written by Bonang Mambo