Climate and Landscape
September was a lovely month in this awesome corner of the Okavango Delta as the sun blessed us on a daily basis with beautiful sunrises which guests ooohed and aaahed over. The water levels might be dropping but the winds helped cool down the increasing heat as we head towards summer.
We had a very good month at Jacana, with guests enjoying their sightings out on the water, from the bountiful hippo pools to beautiful herds of elephant crossing the channels.
The typically discreet sitatunga were seen on numerous occasions this month, with one male coming very close to the main area; naturally plenty of photos were taken by guests. Lion were spotted near the Jao Airstrip and we also got to listen to their majestic roar almost every night; with the low waters guides saw lions near our camp as well. The water has receded so much that we are now able to drive from camp and not just use the boat.
Birds and Birding
Birdlife was particularly splendid with a Pel’s fishing-owl making a couple of appearances on an island near camp. The fish-eagles were also out and about feasting on trapped prey as the waterholes dried up. A male African jacana and his little chicks were spotted right in front of camp where the water has dropped quickly.
With temperatures heating up, guests did more water activities than drives; the birding was fantastic and elephants were seen in the channels cooling off and entertaining guests out on the water.
A couple of game walks were undertaken, allowing guests to experience the beautiful Okavango Delta “on the ground” as it were.
Game drives became more exciting towards the end of the month as lions were sighted on our side of the island. Our guests also enjoyed watching the vehicles crossing the waters.
The mokoro is always a hit and our guests particularly enjoyed this activity, frequently seeing sitatunga whilst on the channels, and also appreciating the beautiful sunsets from the water.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Reuben Lesole and Kebafe Lejahe
Guides: Bolatotswe “Bee” Makgetho, Tshenolo “TH” Mahongo, Dichaba “Broken” Bambo