What a lovely month this has been - with some interesting sightings like the hyaena paying us a visit during our 'beach dinners' and even taking a midnight walk along the camp walkways. The hyaena have been keeping tabs on the ever-vigilant vervet monkey as he shouts across to warn his family and friends of the danger lurking below. We even witnessed three hyaena chasing red lechwe across the floodplain, albeit with no success.
The resident hippo have been keeping our guests entertained as they honk and munch grass every night, returning to the water every morning at the same time as the boating activities depart for the full-day excursion to Hunda Island.
The water level here seems to have stabilised for the moment and to my untrained eye looks as if it has dropped a bit. Nevertheless, watching a beautiful sunrise with herds of lechwe moving from one side of the floodplain to other looking for that better spot to graze upon, is an awesome sight.
The resident Verreaux's eagle-owl has been acting as a wake up call for the camp managers in the early hours of the morning and has been quite photogenic.
Game viewing on activity has been really good, with most guests coming back with smiles saying they have spotted that elusive master of camouflage: the leopard.
The usual suspects like giraffe, zebra and even the odd honey badger also made an appearance; even a porcupine was spotted on the island leaving one of his quills behind as a memory for those who were lucky enough to see him briefly.
Our new mokoro station on the east of the island means guests are now doing their activity on the floodplain where they can await the perfect snapshot of a jumping lechwe or painted reed frog in comfort.
GT has been doing some catch-and-release fishing excursions with the guests - some more successful than others. Luckily Bryan has been able to go on a couple and along with guests catch some beautiful tigerfish and a few large bream - although the sizes seem to grow larger and larger and the fight bigger and bigger every time the stories get told.
Our traditional nights have been a great success with the staff encouraging guests to let loose and dance under the beautiful Delta sky. Eventually all fall prey to the wonderful rhythm and energy surrounding them.
Guests have been leaving a lot of comments on how great the food and hospitality of the staff is and we must commend them for doing a great job and sharing this great experience with our guests.
One can only breathe a great sigh as you watch another beautiful sunset, so different from the night before and the night before that, reminding us that we are truly blessed to live in such picturesque setting.
Have a great month ahead!
Managers in camp: Bryan Webstock and Theresa Fourie.
Guides in camp: MT Malebogo and GT Sarepito.