Weather and Landscape
Interesting weather this month… on a few occasions we had drizzle, then a few good drops and then a good few showers of rain. November was a fair deal cooler than last month, with the maximum temperature for November topping a modest 35 °C. The rain cooled things down a bit, but the humidity did start creeping in a little.
Over the last month guests have been hearing the mighty call of the king of the jungle but they had yet to make an appearance until the last two weeks of November, when two male lions were spotted. A few days later, the duo was found mating with one of the resident females, leading the guides to believe that these lions may be taking over the territory.
November was a great month for honey badger sightings as we enjoyed quite a number of sightings around the camp area. An African civet has also taken a liking to Room 10 and was seen there most nights.
Leopard sightings have been on the rise this month, with a number of very relaxed individuals being seen as well as a couple of new individuals which were quite skittish and shy.
Beautiful breeding herds of elephant can still be seen in and around the area with the young ones enjoying a good sand bath and lifting their trunks at passers-by.
The resident hyaena den still continues to be a source of talk amongst guests as the hyaena pups grow ever larger and become ever braver. Curiosity seems to be getting the better of them these days as they move further and further away from the den to inspect all the visitors that come by.
A trio of three old buffalo bulls, known as dagga boys, have spent most of the month in front of camp just enjoying the mud and food found along the floodplain.
Giraffe sightings with their young have also been fantastic this month along with the zebra that seem to have increased in number.
Birds and Birding
A first for most of the Tubu managers was a crimson-breasted shrike that was spotted, though only for a brief minute. A family group of southern ground-hornbill have taken a liking to the area in front of camp and were heard calling on most mornings and afternoons.
As summer is now in full swing, the woodland kingfishers are abundant all around, announcing their presence by enthusiastically calling.
Guests have been treated to great African fish-eagle sightings, especially of the juveniles, which are practicing their fishing skills in the shallow pools.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Bryan Webbstock, Theresa Fourie, Henk Truter, Marelize van Rensburg and Ruan Smit Guides: Phenyo Lebakeng, Broken Bambo, Joseph Makhulosekopo and Kambango Sinimbo