Climate and Landscape
The chilly July mornings meant that it was a late start for our guests, but also for the animals in the area. Baboons roosting in the ilala palm trees in front of camp waited for the sun to have completely risen before braving the morning nip and sliding to the ground. The plains game too, including a herd of about 20 waterbuck, would emerge from the forest only when the sun was high in the sky, before making their way to the pan in front of camp.
The pan had many visitors: herds of buffalo, sending dust billowing into the cloudless sky as they trundled towards the water; a tower of giraffe, stretching awkwardly to have their share too while a family of zebra, waterbuck and a large herd of sable were also regular lunchtime patrons at the waterhole in front of Linkwasha. In the afternoons, families of elephant paraded down to the water, often with young in tow, where they splashed in the shallow water and wallowed in the muddy remnants of the last rains.
Curiosity got the better of a large spotted genet, who has been sighted in all sorts of obscure places around camp, including the front offices.
The two male lions were seen on a number of occasions mating with different females; and with several little mouths to feed, the Ngamo lionesses were quite prolific with their hunting.
As far as raising offspring in the Hwange wild goes, the female cheetah seen often at Linkwasha has had lots of success. Over the past eighteen months she has successfully raised her four cubs, and in July they ventured off to fend for themselves and begin their own journeys of survival.
Birds and Birding
There were some interesting bird sightings in July. A large flock of pelicans arrived at Ngamo, and a juvenile lesser flamingo has veered off course from the Makgadikgadi Pans to join them.
A tawny eagle was seen attacking a bateleur while it was perched on top of a tree, pinning it down so that it could not move. The bateleur managed to escape the tawny’s talons and flew off to safety.
Capped wheatears were a common sighting on top of termite mounds in the area, as they feed off the worker ants when they emerge from the mound.
“The amount of beauty, adventure and hospitality here at Linkwasha is truly one of a kind.”
“The absolute time of our lives!”
“Mating lions, cheetah and wild dogs were just some of the highlights.”
Staff in Camp
Camp Managers: Jeremy Claringbold, Joe Hanly Managers: Avias Ncube, Yeukai Chihambakwe, Bridget Mack Pro Guides: Joshua Magaya, Tendayi Ketayi Learner Guides: Livingstone Sana, Eustace Mativire, Lovemore Nauwakhe