Climate and Landscape
What a wonderful month January was. The weather was typical of summer with plenty of rain – up to 43 mm – from afternoon thunderstorms, while the post-storm lightning made for exceptional photographs. The lush green backdrop was a constant reminder that Mombo is a true paradise.
Temperatures were comfortable, ranging between 19° and 32° Celsius, which made it easy for guests and staff to enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep.
Not for nothing is Mombo known as the “place of plenty,” given its abundance of game, and this month was no exception. We encountered two sub-adult cheetahs which were recently chased away by their mother to make them independent. It was beyond exciting for our guides to encounter these sub-adults, which were very active and trying their luck at hunting impala, and later red lechwe. Unfortunately they had no luck with either. They looked hungry and, according to the guides, it appeared as though they were still coming to grips with their hunting strategy. After a few days the guides saw the youngsters again, but this time they had full stomachs – it’s a pity no one witnessed them making a kill but we were all glad that they eventually found something to eat. Guests were concerned that if they couldn’t figure out how to make a kill they might starve.
Other wildlife sightings were excellent too, thanks to the exceptional leopard activity in our area. Our guests enjoyed their time with Pula and her cub Marothodi, and they were seen several times on our drives.
Lions were seen mating and a couple of other times on buffalo kills.
Mombo’s staff members are motivated and happy, and took advantage of the fact that we were not as busy as other months to deep clean and spruce up the areas that needed attention. The guides and managers enjoyed spending time together clearing the roads and cutting the overhanging branches over the roads. It is encouraging to see how a little effort has resulted in the entire camp looking absolutely outstanding.
Staff in Camp
Manager: Penn, Dineo, Jennifer, Nash, Kessy and Legae (Lg)
Guides: Sevara, Sefo, Doc and Tebla