Weather and Landscape
October was yet another exciting month at Banoka Bush Camp. The landscape has become quite dry and most trees are still bare and the floodplains and waterholes are all drying up, which has created trying conditions for some of the wildlife.
As expected for this time of year, the temperatures have soared up into the 40 °C mark by midday, cooling down to around 18 °C at night. We did receive a couple drops of rain, but nothing substantial yet.
It has been a very productive month for game viewing as we enjoyed many great and regular sightings ranging from general game to lion and wild dog.
The resident lion pride which consists of three females and five sub-adult males have proved to be skilful hunters and are targeting buffalo.
The Banoka Pack of wild dog were seen on an almost daily basis as they energetically chased impala during the cool mornings and early evening hours.
The larger water channels have been attracting large quantities of general game and elephants – all moving to the remaining surface water to slake their thirst and feed on the lush riverine vegetation. It was also really entertaining to watch the elephants bathe in deeper sections of the channels.
Birds and Birding
Birding has been really quite exciting this month as some of the summer migrants have arrived and added an extra dash of colour to the avian spectrum, the woodland kingfisher and broad-billed roller being the stars of the show.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Mish, Bonang, Langton and Priscilla
Guides: Chris, Chief, Luke and Kabo