Climate and Landscape
July at Jacana was a relatively chilled month, in more ways than one. Slightly lower occupancy (pre-summer holiday dip) meant that guests who were here this month received a lot of personalised attention. Some were even lucky enough to have a private camp, much to their delight!
It has also been chilled with regards to temperature. Every now and again a breeze picked up, cooling down the air and never really allowing the day heat up. It is on the nights following these days that the hot water bottles we provide really become a necessity, rather than a luxury. Luckily for us, the winds die down after a day or two and our day and night time temperatures rise a few degrees back to comfortable levels.
The Delta waters are receding quite quickly and this means more sightings of the animals that prefer drier habitats. A few kudu were sighted near Jacana recently, a definite sign of more animals moving back into the area.
We regularly heard a leopard calling on a large island just to the south of our camp. The guides are waiting with bated breath until the water has dropped that little bit more so they can go and explore – and hopefully find him.
We had our first sighting of lions for a few weeks in the last week of July; they very obligingly walked right past the parked game viewer giving our fantastic guide TH the perfect place to start tracking them. After a short while, they were found lounging around enjoying the warmth of the winter sun.
There has also been a lot of hippo activity around Jacana this month. They were heard every night and there were a few good sightings of them out of the water just at dusk. Our hippo sightings culminated in four hours of listening to two hippos ‘flirting’ with each other. A very loud and unusual noise, but I can think of worse things to keep you awake than hippo song in the middle of the Okavango Delta. Each and every experience here should be enjoyed and savoured, whatever it may be.
Birds and Birding
More and more shallow-water floodplains are becoming exposed, offering a plethora of feeding habitat for our waders and water birds. African jacana, lesser jacana, green-backed heron, rufous-bellied heron, squacco heron, slaty egret, great-white egret, saddle-billed stork and goliath herons were all seen from the camp.
There is something incredibly relaxing about sipping on a G & T in the early evening sunset watching the jacanas walking around on the lily pads just off the deck – a highly recommended experience.
Sam Wallace Jen Denton KB Lejahe Bevan Asekeng
Broken Bambo TH Mahongo