Mombo Camp – May 2014

May 31, 2014 |  Botswana |  Okavango Delta |  Mombo Camp
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Climate and Landscape
Winter in the Okavango is here! Not something that you would ordinarily shout out with a smile on your face as winter is associated with cold, wet and cloudy weather in many parts of the world. However, in the Delta, winters mean brisk mornings, spectacular warm, cloudless days and pleasantly cool evenings spent sitting around a fire sipping hot chocolate, red wine or Amarula, reliving the adventures of the day.

Temperatures have dropped to 8° Celsius at night and early mornings, rising to 25° Celsius during the day. The cooler weather often means the animals are active for longer and some amazing sightings have been enjoyed during the month of May.
Wildlife
The wild dog pack has been sighted around Mombo Camp on numerous occasions chasing all sorts of prey, while the alpha female is looking heavily pregnant. She and the alpha male are still smitten and are seldom apart. We are fervently hoping they will den near Mombo and all goes well for their first litter. Towards the end of May, some guests were following them while they were hunting impala. Suddenly the guides realised the dogs were chasing the impala directly toward where the Western Pride of lions had been seen! As other guests were watching the lions lazily awakening from their sleep, the unfortunate impala ran straight into the pride. It was probably the easiest hunt the Western Pride had ever had! The dogs applied brakes and headed off in another direction to look for some more prey.

The Western Pride has been up to some unusual antics. Led by their maned female lion, Mmamoriri, they have wandered into Moporota Pride territory to the north of Mombo Camp on numerous occasions. The pride scent-mark, roar and, if there is no reply, continue deeper into foreign territory. There have been times when the Moporota males have been nearby and, together with the females, have reciprocated the roaring before returning to claim back their territory with ferocious displays of brute strength by the males.

A battle nearly ensued recently when the Western Pride took down a buffalo deep inside enemy territory. They managed to finish it before beating a hasty retreat! Watching the lions pursue each other is a formidable sight. Unfortunately for the Hakuna Pride, all this scent-marking and roaring has led to them ceding a bit of territory and moving further south-east, trapped between the Mathatha Pride and the Western and Moporota Prides. They were seldom seen in May as they kept their heads down, being the smaller pride.

May was also very much a leopard month at Mombo. Legedema, Maru, Pula, Blue Eyes, Phefo and an unidentified male were all seen regularly. Maru, daughter of Legedema, is currently trying to move her cub, Phefo, out of her territory – Phefo is nearing maturity and the former playfulness experienced between mother and daughter has given way to stern glances and the odd hissing. Blue Eyes has taken a liking to Limpy’s Island just to the north of camp and was seen in a beautiful jackalberry, with an unfortunate impala as his ‘resting buddy.
Mombo Camp Leopards
One of the highlights of a recent leopard sighting was when hyaenas led the vehicles to Legedema who was feasting on an impala on the ground. She gave way, letting them eat for a bit before dashing in and grabbing a large chunk of meat and retreating to the safety of a tree, something I’m sure she wished she had done earlier! Legedema was also seen with a spur-winged goose near Triple Baobab. Guests were surprised when the goose at first managed to escape from Legedema, but it didn’t get very far before she had caught it with one bound, bringing it back under control.

General game has been plentiful with an abundance of zebra, red lechwe, impala and giraffe sighted daily. Elephant are seen often too, but not as often as in the summer months as they have moved into the sometimes inaccessible floodplains to feed.
Wildlife at Mombo Camp
Birds and Birding
Winter in the Okavango is here! Not something that you would ordinarily shout out with a smile on your face as winter is associated with cold, wet and cloudy weather in many parts of the world. However, in the Delta, winters mean brisk mornings, spectacular warm, cloudless days and pleasantly cool evenings spent sitting around a fire sipping hot chocolate, red wine or Amarula, reliving the adventures of the day.
Mombo Camp Pel's Fishing Owl
Camp Activities
We had a lovely ‘renewal of vows’ ceremony complete with friends of the couple, staff and the Mombo Choir. The sunset, singing and the speeches made it an unforgettable day for the happy couple.

We are also looking forward to tasting a new wine selection, carefully chosen and imported from South Africa’s Western Cape winelands for the start of winter!

The chorus of hippos at night as they happily grunt away whilst swishing past the rooms and dinner tables always brings excitement for the guests. All in all a wonderful way to start a winter safari!

The wonderfull staff at Mombo Camp
Staff in Camp
Managers: Graham, Phenyo, Tanya, Mmegi, Cheri, Ashley, Kirsty, Ryan Guides: Tsilie, Doctor, Cisco, Sefo and Yompye.

Newsletter and photos by Graham Simmonds
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Comments

S.w. Tsang  Aug 12, 2014

Sp happy to know Legedema is doing well ! Feel bad for the small pride of lions . And wish I had the picture of the maned lioness . Is she related to Martina?

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