Climate and Landscape
Winter is truly among us here in the Delta. You feel it in the early mornings and late at night, with the temperature dropping down to about 12° Celsius. During the day it is another story though, with the max getting up to 30° C – which feels like summer again. At this time of the year the moon and stars are amazing to see as there are very few clouds around.
This past month we saw quite a few elephant on our island. Two big bulls are seen often breaking trees and making a mess, as elephants do. We were also pretty lucky as we saw a few otters in and around camp, sometimes sunning themselves on the front-of-house and back-of-house jetties; unfortunately, however, these are elusive critters and we still haven’t managed to get clear photos of them.
We always have great lion sightings but one in particular was full of action. A lioness, fighting to protect one of her little six-month-old cubs, was badly injured by the four young males that are reaching their prime. We were worried she wouldn’t survive as she wasn’t seen after the battle. The first sighting of her since the fight occurred when Nas, one of our guides, was determined to track her down. When he spotted her fresh tracks around the airstrip, it led him to her on a very fresh baby kudu kill (that they missed by minutes). He was delighted to see that she had survived up to now and even happier to see that she was able to start fending for herself by finding a small meal to build up her strength. All three of her little cubs were seen with her and looking healthy as ever and full of energy.
Naledi is our resident female leopard, but she is somewhat elusive as her territory is on the western side of the airstrip. However, her mother, Mmalebala, was seen with her new little cubs around the airstrip many times this month. She made two kills close to that area and this has been keeping her close by. Nas had one particularly awesome sighting of them... while the two cubs are still young and one is a bit skittish, they seem to be more interested in playing with their food at the moment and were distracted from Nas getting his vehicle close enough for his guests to get a good view of them. They are also looking healthy and well looked after by mom.
Staff in Camp
Managers in camp: Masaka, Poppy, Taps, Leina
Guides in camp: Nas, Madala Kay, Speedy
Newsletter compiled by Anton and Laura
Photos by Nyatsang (Nas) Galebonwe