As we approached the middle of the year and the peak of the winter season, the vegetation became noticeably drier with most of the mopane trees losing their leaves due to the very low temperatures and inadequate moisture.
We occasionally experienced temperatures as low as 2° Celsius in the mornings, reaching a maximum of 28° during the day before dropping again in the evenings. The sky was partly cloudy most days which made it very conducive for game drives and other activities offered around Banoka.
With the winter landscape as a backdrop, the Khwai Concession offered tremendous wildlife activity and interactions between predators and their prey species.
It was also that time of the year when the elephant herds showed up in big numbers along the Khwai River, especially around midday and during the afternoons to get a drink and wallow in the mud along the channel.
Large herds of buffalo were also seen frequently around camp grazing on the floodplains; great to see the herds back after being away for a few months!