As you know Duba Plains is world-famous for its lion and buffalo interaction. We saw plenty of those over the last four weeks but we also had very good sightings of sitatunga, aardwolf and on three different occasions - a pangolin! To add to this list was a very habituated serval which amazed our guests with a great display of its hunting techniques which goes to prove even in a wet place like Duba Plains, night drives are highly productive.
We even had a lone shy male leopard come through camp calling for a mate, which put everyone on high alert as the tracks revealed that the feline was a large male.
August seemed to be the month of returning guests. It was already the third time for a very friendly photographic safari couple from Germany. They stayed for six days and saw it all: Lions from the boat, lechwe from the helicopter and a very gory but impressive buffalo kill just in front their game drive vehicle. They are already planning their visit for next year!
For those who have seen the documentary 'The Last Lions', please know that both Ma di Tau and Silver Eye are still around, especially the latter - although she is getting old and grumpy and keeps on collecting more battle scars every time we see her. However, both the old females are still strong, alive and certainly kicking!
As the season continues, there has been a change in weather as well. Everyone was so looking forward to the warm balmy nights but a horrific cold snap in early August had everyone reaching for their thermals, with temps dropping to 3˚ C... short pants were out! A hot meal and soup were mostly the order of the day.
Water levels have also dropped considerably as we near the end of the season, allowing more access to certain islands to view the endless interactions between lion and buffalo.
On a final note, the Duba Plains Team extends a warm welcome to two new staff members - Pierre and Antoinette. Pierre will be dishing out his magic in the kitchen to entice the taste buds of our guests. Antoinette will be weaving her "fairy dust" over the staff who serve and look after our guests, making their stay at Duba Plains even more of a pleasure ensuring there are more returns to Duba Plains and not just for the unique lion and buffalo interactions.
We'll be back with more news on these legends, next month.
A big roar from the Duba Plains Team!