December is an exciting month all around the world and no less so at Duba Plains. We received big rains in the first week of December and within days the bush came to life and became green again. Many birds have started breeding, so the sky is filled with bright and beautiful colours while the air around Duba is singing. The woodland kingfisher's delightful call always marks the beginning of this season, and it is has arrived, along with many of the other 'green season specials'.
New born lechwe and tsessebe dot the open plains, enjoying the fresh green grass, and the huge herds of elephant create beautiful silhouettes against the backdrop of the deep grey, cloud-filled skies. With the local rains now a part of the weekly programme, the water levels are slowly rising, which make game drives in our "puddle-jumper" vehicles so much more fun.
The lion and buffalo continue their dance throughout the festive season and never cease to amaze guests who witness their show. The lion even came to pay a visit in camp one morning, and treated all the guests to quite a close sighting... we all had to hide out until the lions moved off.
The festive season in Africa also brings along the gift of tasty fresh fruit in abundance. Even our kitchen appears more colourful with the bright colours of mangos, grapes, cherries, plums and peaches. Our Executive Chef, Pierre, thrives on seasonal and local ingredients and he is creating masterpieces that wow even the most well-travelled guests. We put up our very own Christmas tree and brought it to life with decorations handmade by the staff. Guests feasted on a combination of traditional and local foods. It was a Christmas Dinner Africa-style, complete with Amarula Eggnog.
2012 came to an end with some more rain (a blessing here in Botswana) and refreshing cocktails to accompany the scrumptious menu masterpiece created by the kitchen. We entered 2013 in high spirits and look forward to the year ahead. Thanks for all the support in 2012, we hope to make more new friends and look forward to welcoming many of you back to Duba in 2013.
A very happy New Year from everyone at Duba Plains!