Weather and Landscape
We experienced some very warm conditions during October, but luckily we received rain on a regular basis which helped to cool things down, albeit raising the humidity a little.
As a result of the rain and a bush fire, the landscape jumped into fast forward, bursting with colour and lush growth.
General game viewing has been really good, especially since the vegetation has become so lush. Large herds of zebra, roan and eland have been the order of the day, producing some great photographic opportunities.
Interestingly the increase in good foliage and feed has resulted in a boom in the swine population as the warthog and bushpig numbers most certainly increased.
Leopard sightings were pretty good with most of our sightings occurring during the day. We did not experience many nocturnal sightings, but the masters of the shadows were heard calling most nights.
Other highlights for the month included numerous serval sightings and one really good spotted hyaena sighting.
Birds and Birding
As expected the birding was great this month. Some of the best birding was had during forest walks, where one could see white-starred robin, cinnamon-breasted warbler and bronze sunbird to name but a few.
“The forest walk with Watson was excellent. The warm welcome of the whole team on our arrival was incredible. Warm towels and hot chocolate after night drive and at first welcome was much appreciated.”
“Excellent birding area for high level (montane) species. If you like remote areas, this is remote.”
Newsletter by Whyte, Watson, Apollo and Allam