Weather and Landscape
The month of October was really hot and the high humidity levels did not help much with cooling things down. The temperatures varied from 19 – 36 °C and there was not much of a breeze either. Towards the end of the month we received around 10 mm of rain in about 15 minutes, which was quickly absorbed by the ground and evaporated by the sun.
What a fantastic month for guests and staff – the Okavango Delta did not disappoint this month at all!
Great sightings of leopard were experienced in and around the camp. A very good example is when I was getting ready to host guests at Little Tubu for the evening – as I was coming out of the camp office, a young male leopard was standing a mere five metres in front of me… possibly thinking to himself, what is this person doing? After admiring the feline for a while, I decided to slowly retreat back into the office and call for a vehicle to come and collect me. The vehicle arrived and shortly after we left, we saw two leopards!
The game viewing in front of Little Tubu has been amazing – there is always constant activity, whether it is a bachelor herd of impala chasing one another around, to a dazzle of zebra peacefully grazing. A breeding herd of elephant have moved into the camp area, and all of our guests were thrilled to see such tiny baby elephants. Giraffe have also made a regular appearance.
Boma dinners have been a highlight not only for the song, food and dancing, but also because of the visiting hyaena. On one occasion we were visited very closely by a clan of hyaena.
The sighting of the month goes to Kambango and his guests, who witnessed a female leopard catch two impala, one after the other.
Birds and Birding
The birdlife around Little Tubu is wonderful, from the pied kingfisher diving for fish in the water next to camp, to the marabou stork minding its own business on the plains. The woodland kingfishers have started announcing their presence at Little Tubu which is always beautiful to hear. The southern carmine bee-eaters came to say hallo a few times and one evening before sunset, a flock of blue-cheeked bee-eaters were flying in front of the dining area, which the guests enjoyed very much.
The peaceful mokoro trips were the highlight for all our guests and we often tried to further the experience with a surprise sundowner or bush brunch.
Boma dinners were a huge hit and, as mentioned above, the staff would enthusiastically sing and dance. Star-gazing after dinner was a very popular activity, which we offered our guests as well.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Henk Truter, Jade Frost and Marelize van Rensburg
Guides: Issa Satheba and Kambango Sinimbo