Climate and Landscape
As the dry season approaches, the temperatures at Banoka Bush Camp have dropped to about 5° Celsius in the mornings and 25 to 28° Celsius during the day.
May was another successful wildlife month in the Delta’s Khwai Concession, where we saw great numbers of animals coming to the channel to feed and drink.
The grass has become very dry and less nutritious, forcing a lot of herbivores like elephant, zebra and impala to adapt to the winter season conditions – thus some trees have been pushed down by elephants and the bark stripped off to reach the soft fibres. The water level in the channel has dropped slightly, bringing the hippos out in vast numbers at certain pools. We’ve seen them out of the water grazing during the day, taking advantage of the favourable temperatures.
It is also the time of year for African wild dogs to start choosing their den sites. The Banoka Pack has been seen frequently on the western side of the camp, hunting and investigating potential sites for intruders since the female is heavily pregnant.
Birds and Birding
The birdlife has not disappointed and we have seen many egrets and yellow-billed storks gathering at the drying waterholes (known as fish traps at this time of the year for obvious reasons) enjoying their easy meals.
As the leaves start to drop off some trees and the bush opens up, walking safaris are now offered at Banoka Bush Camp, giving guests a close-up experience of our natural environment.
The staff in camp have also gone out of their way to ensure that guests leave the camp with a smile, arranging surprise bush dinners and picnic lunches to enhance our guests’ experience.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Bonang, Warona and Dineo
Guides in camp; Chris, Kabo, Lucas