Climate and Landscape
With the seasons changing again in the Linyanti, temperatures have started to drop. Trees are losing their leaves and the bush is thinning out as we move deeper into our winter season. Seasonal pans are drying out, forcing most of the general game and elephants to move towards the lagoons and the Savute Channel, closely followed by the predators.
Apart from huge herds of elephant moving towards the water and leopard being seen frequently, the most noticeable change this month has been the number of nomadic male lions that have moved into the Linyanti Concession.
These lions have most likely come across from Namibia, while some are believed to have moved in from the Selinda Concession, which borders the Linyanti. These males have been continuously roaring, scent marking and patrolling the area, trying to find out what competition might be around. Some of these cats have the luxury of numbers on their side, with one coalition comprising three males. The coalitions have a much better chance of survival in the future and could become a real force going forward – we will definitely keep you posted on how they are doing!
Other predators that have been seen almost on a daily basis are the wild dogs. They have been very active, covering huge areas from east to west. And as mentioned previously, there has been no shortage of leopard sightings either!
Now with summer at DumaTau Camp a thing of the past, factors such as insects are minimal and temperatures very comfortable, allowing us to host a number of bush activities. Among these have been sundowner stops, soup stops, bush brunches and bush dinners.
Guests’ favourite activity of the month was a beautiful ‘Burgers in the Bush’ brunch setup at Zib Hide. For those of you not familiar with Zib Hide, this is our sleep-out hide, and overlooks the Savute Channel – ideal for sundowners too as it faces west.
Pictured is a sundowner setup that was done for a large family group in camp. Needless to say all enjoyed it. Who wouldn’t when Mr B is whipping up his special cocktails!
We are looking forward to the game-viewing getting even better as the Linyanti dries out. Be sure to bring lots of memory cards and a few warm jackets for the cold mornings and evenings!
See you soon…
The Team at DumaTau