Weather and Landscape
Probably due to the gradual ending of the rainy season, we have noticed a significant rise in the temperatures. The maximum recorded temperature for February was 35° C. However, we had a few mornings that were very cold, which made us pull our jackets from the closets. In general, the weather pattern has been cool mornings, warm afternoons and cool evenings.
It’s still green almost everywhere, but due to the decrease in rainfall some of the tall grass is beginning to turn a bit yellow and showing signs of drying out. The trees are still very green and lush. The waterholes are holding up well and most of them are covered in water lilies, which look incredibly beautiful as they sway in the gentle breeze.
We are really pleased to report that a couple of wild dog packs have moved into the area, providing us with some incredible sightings - we really hope that they will settle in and stay for a while.
On the feline side, we were also treated to some great sightings, with one of the highlights being a large male leopard right in front of camp. The tom cat was first seen while we were all eating dinner, after which everyone sat around the fire and observed the leopard at their leisure. Suddenly, the silence of the darkness was broken when a herd of impala spotted the predator and broke out into alarm calls. The leopard casually slunk off into the darkness and all was still once again.
The dominant male lions in the area have also been quite active and were seen a couple of times and heard calling on most evenings.
General game sightings have been incredible as the herbivores are still taking full advantage of the lush vegetation and are nursing their young which were born over the last couple of months. We have seen great numbers of buffalo as the smaller herds are joining together, forming enormous breeding herds.
Other highlights for the month included African wildcat, roan and common reedbuck.
Birds and Birding
The birdlife has been exceptional this month, especially at Ngamo – some of the highlights seen here were southern pochard, maccoa duck, red-knobbed coot, lesser moorhen and black crake.
Large flocks of sacred ibis, African spoonbill and yellow-billed storks have also been seen. Vulture sightings have also been good due to the prolific predator activity in the area.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Rania Mutumhe, Charles Ndlovu, Tracy Peacocke and Vimbai Mandaza.
Guides: Dickson Dube, Honest Siyawareva and Livingstone Sana.