Climate and Landscape
The temperature went as low as 4° Celsius at Banoka during July in the mornings, warming up to about 26° during the day before dropping down again at night – ideal conditions for game drives.
As it got colder, the mopane and the Kalahari apple-leaf and most of the acacia trees lost their leaves while the waterholes dried up. The wildlife was exceptional since July is the time of the year for the big herds of elephant to show up along the main channel, feeding on the less nutritious aquatic vegetation.
Hippo were also seen in big numbers during the day, out of the water in front of the camp, warming up in the sun.
On their sixth week of denning, the Banoka pack of wild dog was seen frequently around the area, hunting its favourite prey (impala and kudu), while the coalition of two male lions which dominate the western side of the camp was also heard calling at night and in the early hours of the morning, clearly both of them marking their territory.
The female leopard was occasionally seen with her cub.