Tubu Tree Camp - December 2013

Dec 31, 2013 Tubu Tree Camp
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Weather and Landscape
Temperatures have been on average around a minimum of 22 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 34 degrees. Humidity has been around 50%. We have experienced a few days this month with some heavy showers which lasted for up to two hours. Mornings are cool with temperatures peaking in the mid-afternoon, cooling down again in the early evening.

Over the past month, guests have been hearing the mighty call of the king of the jungle, and have now also spotted some of this species. The lion with the black mane (from Kwetsani) moved across to Hunda Island seeking new territory and was spotted near the Hunda boat station challenging another male to a duel. Guests saw one of these males lazing around underneath a tree; he seemed to be watching their every move – perhaps part of making sure that his territory is protected. Lion roars have also been heard around camp in the evenings, making guests very excited and eager to spot these majestic animals.

There have been quite a few leopard sightings this month. One female leopard has been seen numerous times lazing around soaking up the sun while ine of the males “leopard crawled” underneath a game viewer, keeping guests entertained… and guessing! Guests have enjoyed the leopard sightings a lot, some even going on to track the shy mammal for hours on end.

Elephant activity has been booming around Hunda Island. Three breeding herds have passed across the plain near Tubu Tree’s bar (putting on a display with perfect timing for the guests to enjoy). Guests have seen a couple of herds while on drives, spotting some with young babies.

There have been quite a few sightings of journeys of giraffe this month too, especially around Kalahari Pans. Guests have enjoyed these daily sightings, watching them and studying their behaviour.

We have also had all our usual plains game such as wildebeest, zebra, kudu and impala – all sporting new babies by their sides. We had one unfortunate experience when an old female wildebeest died on the floodplains in front of the camp leaving a young newborn calf by her side. It was extremely sad being unable to intervene and having to allow nature to take its course.

Birds and Birding 
The southern carmine bee-eaters have started to make their way back to the island after their yearly migration. Guests have also been seeing numerous saddle-billed storks fishing in the pans for catfish.

Our resident southern ground-hornbills have been making regular appearances on the floodplains from the front of house area. We have also managed to locate a broad-billed roller’s nest in a palm tree on the way to the boat station – very exciting!

The birdlife around camp has been exceptional with the regular species seen including red-billed hornbills, babblers, starlings, woodland kingfishers, go-away birds and our local red-billed spurfowls.

Three ostriches were seen on the Hunda airstrip; the two females and a male kept the guests entertained for some time flapping their wings and putting on quite the show, something our younger guests really enjoyed.

Staff in Camp
Managers: Bryan Webbstock, Theresa Fourie, Jared Zeelie, Philile Hlongwa and Ruan Smit
Guides:Seretse Xaeko, Bee - Baltotswe Makegetho, Dichaba “Broken” Bambo, TK - Thokomelo Saxhago, Joseph Makhulosekopo and Phenyo Lebakeng


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