Season’s greetings from a very beautiful and green Linyanti!
Rainy season is definitely in full swing at the moment, with 134mm recorded for the month of December. The bush has exploded into a blanket of lush flora. Small flowers are popping up everywhere, new shoots of grass and stunningly dense tree lines making the landscape very easy on the eye. All of these dramatic changes go alongside the return of many migratory birds settling into their summer visit. The animals also seem content and relaxed with their wet summer surroundings.
Hundreds of termite irruptions have occurred and the birds (including hooded vultures and marabou storks) are feasting on these insects. Baboons, monkeys and other small mammals are also making the most of this high protein diet. Not to mention the Matabele ants… Although elephants have been pretty scarce (never thought we would say that!), general sightings have still been good. Guides have made the most of their tracking skills and have been rewarded with sightings such as wild dog, leopard and lion.
On that note, the resident pack of wild dogs is still doing very well. The puppies – or perhaps we should now refer to them as sub-adults – are joining the adults on hunting activities and have proved quite successful.
Leopard sightings have been frequent and have varied from adult males lazing around in big jackalberry trees to a more elusive youngster accompanied by its mother.
In our rooms we have added additional lighting, altered cupboards with expanded hanging and packing space and new sliding doors to replace the flaps.
The team had some time to reflect on what has been an incredibly successful year. As a camp we closed at an annual average of over 80% occupancy – a tremendous achievement that we are very proud of! On behalf of Wilderness Safaris, the DumaTau team would like to thank everyone that was able to visit us during the course of 2013 and we most definitely look forward to your return in the future. From the DumaTau Team we would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and all the best for 2014!
Hope to see you soon!