As we wait in anticipation for the annual inundation which originates in Angola, the water levels in the Linyanti have dropped about a foot over the past couple of months. Thankfully this has not affected our boating activities and guests continue to enjoy spending time on our barge and boats trips, which are a nice alternative to game drives.
We have witnessed some very exciting lion dynamics this month with the arrival of the Chobe Boys - a coalition of one adult and four young males. The LTC Pride, trying to avoid any confrontation with these males, has moved away from their territory around Kings Pool to where they now roam around DumaTau Camp. In the process there was a confrontation between the DumaTau Pride male and the LTC Pride male and we have seen neither of the males since. This, of course, is very worrying for the four young cubs of the LTC Pride. We now rarely see the DumaTau Pride but when we do, it is only a few members at a time and usually further south closer to the Savute Channel. Perhaps as we move into the winter dry season and the subsequent increase in numbers of buffalo and zebra in the area we will see the pride come together again.
We have had a few sightings of the ever elusive Osprey Female leopard around DumaTau but she still remains very shy and sightings are brief. We have also had a couple of sightings of the famous DumaTau Male feeding on a fresh warthog carcass - one of his favourites! On two occasions he was seen mating with an unidentified female.
On the wild dog front, the large LTC Pack has been very restless over the last few weeks and seems to have split up into two groups, probably while trying to avoid the lion conflict in their operating area. Three of the older dogs from the pack have been missing for the last three weeks and there is speculation that the lions may have got hold of them. This would leave the total number of the pack at 18. We have seen the alpha female and male mating so we are, fingers crossed, very much looking forward to new additions to the pack in the coming months!
We have, on occasion, seen the growing Zib Pack on the south bank of the Savute Channel after an absence of nearly two years. They are looking healthy and seem to feed mostly on impala.
Elephants are regularly seen crossing the lagoon in front of camp as water becomes more scarce inland.
We now have two walking trail guides at DumaTau and guests have been utilising them to their fullest! Walks are a very rewarding form of safari as there is the opportunity to learn about other aspects of the bush including - among many other aspects - tracks and medicinal properties of plants, while truly appreciating your surroundings. On the last walk, in the Forest Road area, the group of guests were lucky enough to see a pangolin!