Climate and Landscape
We are wondering if this winter is not going to be a very cold season, with it still having rained in April. All the animals are preparing for the winter ahead, growing their winter woollies, and enjoying the last of the succulent greenery.
Honey badgers were seen on Hunda Island and the serval has been quite a regular visitor around Kwetsani. Seeing both of these animals is quite rare, and we are very pleased to have had the sightings. But the cutest one of all was that of the mother badger carrying one of its pups across the road.
The leopards have been sighted on Hunda regularly, alone, with cubs, with a mate and on a kill. As everybody knows, leopard are very cunning hunters and the best Kwetsani leopard kill sighting was one with the remains of a porcupine – luckily the leopard did not have any quills in him.
The lion cubs are all looking strong and healthy. Like all growing children, they need to eat quite a lot and now that they are being weaned, their need for meat is greater. We have watched these little ones working as a miniature team, on a lechwe hunt. Of course they were not successful – but it is interesting to watch their natural instinct to hunt, and to do so as a team, automatically come to the fore when these six-month-olds see a potential meal. Needless to say, the two moms are now kept quite busy in the ‘wilderness kitchen,’ providing enough food to keep the youngsters happy. One such hunting expedition took place at Kwetsani itself and the moms and cubs lazed happily in the middle of the island the whole night.
The elephant also provide many hours of amazing viewing. Their quiet gentle ways and their family structure is always a great lesson for our guests. So when guests are sitting out on the deck and one of these giants walks quietly by, the feeling of gratitude for these moments is almost overwhelming.
The hippo grunts through the night air are wonderful and keep the guests trying to guess what these noises are. The night sounds are fascinating with the song of thousands of frogs joined in by the base of the hippo, the tenor of the owls and the soprano of the bats; soothing music to all our ears as they lullaby us to sleep.
Birds and Birding
A pair of Pel’s fishing-owls is roosting in the Kwetsani baobab tree – this has given us great opportunities to see these wonderful owls. Not only are the Pel’s on Kwetsani, but we have the giant eagle owl, barred and scops owls, all of which spend time with us regularly.
The hooded and white-backed vultures have been seen circling to the north of us, but due to the high water we were unable to see what they were feeding on. And where the vultures are, so the undertaker marabou storks are also waiting to get their share of the meal…
Seeing the many animals in a wonderful natural setting. Watching the beautiful leopard out hunting in the evening and so many glorious bee-eaters. Our hosts Dan & Charmaine were so welcoming and fascinating company. Thank you. A great thank you to staff and guides – Super
Birds on the Tubu trees island drive. Dennis. Botswana presentation. 400 lechwe passing in front of our cabin. The excellent traditional dinner. Thanks for letting us rearrange rooms and for the trays for Ann.
Gracious host and hostess. Lovely accommodations. Delicious food. Beautiful setting with a wonderful view. Knowledgeable experienced guide who went out of his way to show us Africa’s special animals, birds and flora. Dan was very generous to spend an hour-and-a-half teaching Lee how to better use the internal settings and controls on Lee’s camera and his technique for editing his pictures in Photoshop. Dan made a positive, major change in his photography.
Leopard and lion sightings, warm and familiar atmosphere, layout and architecture of the camp, quality and fantasy of meals, friendliness and competence of hosts, supply of bush babies for guests
Staff in Camp
Managers: Dan and Charmaine Myburg
Guides: Rasta Tseotso, Dennis Smith