March has seen the Linyanti area looking lush and green as the rains come to an end and the animals soak up the sunshine. The migrant birds are all still around as they fill up their tummies for their flight north in the next few weeks. Many guests have been delighted with the Southern Carmine Bee-eaters who fly alongside the cars, waiting for the insects to flush out of the way. Their beautiful crimson breasts are spectacular in the morning light. There have also been some great sightings of the Southern Ground-Hornbills, which are successfully breeding in the area and are often seen with juveniles.
We have had more regular sightings of a female leopard and cub who are totally relaxed around vehicles, acting somewhat like models posing in the branches, stretching alongside a log and thoroughly entertaining our guests. It seems as though mum is prepping her cub for the big world as sometimes the cub joins her on hunts.
As the annual inundation begins, the water levels begin to rise, the hippo spread out a little, settling into new areas and coming onto land for their nightly feed. On the odd occasion one can hear an assortment of vocals as two males fight for new territory. This experience is hard to forget as the noises reverberate through the night, almost amplified by the stillness of the evening air.
March is a lovely time of year to be in the bush: temperate weather, lush green vegetation, beautiful grasses and a variety of wildlife are the order of the month. When the breeze picks up, one can almost sense the changing of seasons. The mornings start to get cooler and the days shorter and one can watch the sun rise migrating across the horizon. There are interesting times ahead with the rising water levels, forcing the Okavango system and its inhabitants to once again adjust to the seasonal changes.
Bring your gum boots and come and visit us!