Weather and Landscape
What a strange month it has been for weather, with temperatures ranging from hot during the day to chilly nights (making it perfect hot chocolate weather for guests watching the amazing lightning shows). Towards the end of the month we received much-needed rain, cooling down the floodplains and making the heat of the day more manageable.
It was another fantastic month with plenty of wildebeest and zebra sightings at our Tubu Waterhole (Tubu Bar) in front of camp. Guests one evening watched a lioness stalking the ever-wary wildebeest… though happily the antelope made it through the evening unscathed.
For most of the month our two “Lone Rangers,” the male lions of Hunda, have made their presence known throughout the night, roaring to warn off any intruders that might be around. They’ve also been gracing guests with appearances during the day, courting the solitary lioness (with no success), all the while reducing the kudu population.
Our guides have found two approximately month-old leopard cubs, and speculate that there might even be three. At the moment they are still nervous to come out and play in front of the guests so we have only seen pictures of one of the cubs – but what a fantastic discovery! We wish our little spotted friends the best of luck and will keep you updated in next month’s newsletter… and hopefully will have more pictures by then.
Elephant sightings have been minimal this month, with guides saying that with the rain that has fallen and water becoming more readily available, the elephants have moved out west. That said, towards the end of the month there were some fantastic sightings of these majestic animals.
Hyaena too have been scarce, with only their laughter heard in the early twilight hours, a few making a brief appearance at the boma, looking to join in on our barbeque night.
Vervet monkeys provided guests with great entertainment trying to steal a cookie or three, and maybe even a cup of tea from unsuspecting ‘victims’ who might not be paying attention.
Birds and Birding
The local southern ground hornbills never fail to provide great photographic opportunities whilst foraging in and around the floodplain in front of Tubu Tree. One of our guides spotted a starling mating pair with a difference – one has white colouring on its wings and along its back with normal colouring on its head and chest. A woodland kingfisher mating pair has taken over the crested barbets’ nest by the Tubu bar area; strange, as we know the barbets are not generally a pushover. Beautiful southern carmine bee-eaters have been seen at our airstrip, very active and eager to have their pictures taken by passersby.
What a fantastic month was had by all – till next time!
The Tubu Team
Staff in Camp
Managers: Bryan Webbstock, Theresa Fourie, Philile Hlongaa, Ian Burger, Michelle Burger, Kg Mapila, Gloria Amos, Jared Zeelie
Guides: Seretse Xaeko, Dichaba “Broken” Bambo, TK - Thokomelo Saxhago, KG- Kgaga Kgaga