The weather has made a rapid turnaround, with the August winds in full swing, leaving all guests clutching hats but enjoying the fresh bush smell and cool breeze it brings with it as the days increasingly grow hotter. We can also feel the spring rains slowly coming on as the clouds start to build, threatening early downpours.
A new day is born in Africa, and as the old African saying goes “whether you are a lion or an impala, when the sun is up you better start running”. For life waits for no-one and what better way to start a safari than with a cup of steaming coffee in hand, armed with the knowledge that you are observing and being part of the intricate ecosystem that is the Okavango Delta.
As the sun starts to colour the eastern skies with streaks of orange, pinks and lilacs a lone male leopard calls in the north amidst a small cluster of palms and shrubs. It is answered by a family of francolin foraging for an early breakfast close to the honeymoon suite, giving the happy couple a true African wakeup call, full of promise for a day filled with beauty and adventure.
Sundowners, Little Tubu-style, at the pans, spread out on blankets and lounging on pillows also gives guests a truly blissful moment as warthogs, elephants and the occasional hyaena stroll past just to make sure there are no leftovers.
General game viewing has been superb with up to four different leopard sightings in two days. Elephant, zebra and multitudes of impala bachelor herds were strutting and chasing each other in endless circles in front of the viewing deck and boma.
There was even a case of baboons trying to catch blacksmith plovers mid-air as these avian beauties dive bombed them to get them away from their nests. A tiny slender mongoose made off with a Swainson’s spurfowl, dragging it to the closest magic guarri bush for what must be surely a week-long feast.
At Little Tubu the birdlife this past month has been amazing with black heron and pink-bellied pelicans feeding off the prolific fish population that is retreating with the flood levels. Many a birder has been spotted occupying the wrap-around fig tree bar, using it as his or her own personal hide, G & T at hand, just to set that true African safari feeling straight. Dazzling sunbirds, Meyer’s parrots and firefinches have been flaunting their beauty on display for many an amazed guest.