Vumbura Plains - January 2017

Jan 14, 2017 Vumbura Plains
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Climate and Landscape
In theory summer should still be with us but January was a coldish month with plenty of rainfall. Our average minimum temperature was 21° Celsius with a maximum of only 29° C and 566 mm of rain.

It feels like the inundation is already here as many of our roads are properly under water, but the waters are yet to come. We will have to wait and see what happens.

Wildlife
Animal sightings were good and plentiful as always here on the Kwedi Concession.

One of the lionesses from the Kubu Pride has given birth to three tiny cubs which look fat and healthy. The guides think that they are two males and one female. It would have been great if all were female so that the pride could grow as there are so many male lions that come and go on the concession. Now it is a long, tough journey for the mother and her sisters to protect the cubs from any harm as they grow up.

The elephants have been all over the place as usual with some very large herds of up to 50 animals and tiny, young elephants in almost every herd. On a sad note, a few have been spotted without tails or only half a tail… hyaena looking for a little snack? At least they can survive more easily without a tail than without a trunk for example.

A few of our guests were lucky enough to see the majestic sable antelope again; sometimes one male on his own but also a big herd with up to 14 females. It is always extremely special to see these handsome antelope.

Camp News
With all the rain we have received, the body of water in front of the main area is very big, and has come right up to our fire-deck. The hippos are loving life in the deep waters while the otter family has also popped up every now and then – it is always great seeing these little critters.

Meanwhile on the slightly more thrilling side of things, Kci walked a few guests back to their room the other night and encountered a very relaxed leopard walking past them next to the boardwalk. Sometimes we don’t have to go find the animals, they come looking for us.

Staff in Camp Vumbura North Managers: Kci, Anton, Laura, Lebo, Poppy, Wilsher Guides in camp: OB, Ike, Chris, Lazi

Newsletter compiled by Anton Geyer

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