Climate and Landscape
The rainy season is coming to an end and it has been a wet month! We experienced 185 mm of rain during the course of March with 45 mm received on the 21st alone, including hail! During this same storm guests managed to see 18 wild dog fighting with six hungry hyaena on a kudu kill.
The lion dynamic is still puzzling our guides. The DumaTau Pride has still not been seen together, but only in smaller groups, trying to remain ‘off the radar’ of the numerous nomadic males. We have been lucky to witness the two females with three cubs on several occasions and are happy to see the cubs growing up so fast. One of the most memorable sightings was spotting them resting in the early morning by the DumaTau solar plant and after a while following them all the way up to the DumaTau kitchen – the sighting included a few nervous chefs!
But the wild dog packs really thrilled us this month, having been seen on 12 different days! It is so good to be able to spend time with these endangered predators. The pack that was most often seen was the LTC Pack – comprising 18 dogs – with multiple kills reported, kudu and impala having paid the highest tolls.
The elephant have made a delightful comeback and have been seen nearly every day along the Linyanti River while guests have been thrilled to witness a couple of river crossings from camp. Wildlife in camp was also spotted after dark with our resident bush pig and barred-owlet spotted by guests as they were escorted back to their tents in the evening.
Winter is coming, the leaves are starting to fall and the nights are becoming colder. We hope to enjoy winter in the Linyanti with you soon!
Greetings from the DumaTau Team