Weather and Landscape
February saw the Delta receive a large amount of rain – on one day we recorded 30 mm within 30 minutes! The temperature has been stable and pleasant, with lows of 19° Celsius and highs of 31°. That said, we experienced tremendous humidity prior to each storm, a very good indicator to batten down the hatches in anticipation of the rain.
We also noticed a large fluctuation in the water levels around Xigera. After a few days of solid rain, the channel running in front of the camp would fill up considerably, very close to the level of our seasonal inundation. The water is also quite stained at this stage, as water and tannins recede off the floodplains and into the main channels.
Game drives have proved very productive; indeed, the game viewing within camp has been absolutely superb. With regular sightings of hippo pods, genets and a medley of general game seen from all of the tents, it is no surprise that many of our guests opted to sleep in and enjoy a 'safari from their decks'.
One notable boma night had all our guests tiptoeing towards the bar area. One of our housekeepers had spotted Mmadipala – a lovely relaxed leopard – on our boardwalk. Having witnessed her behaviour before, we knew that she would be heading to our bridge. After about 10 minutes of patient waiting, she was lit up as she walked into the pathway light. We watched in silent awe as she casually strolled across!
Birds and Birding
Birding, as always, has been good. With all the migratory species still around, the noises that fill the dawn lift everybody’s spirits. Bright flashes of colour steal the eyes’ attention as birds flutter about our boardwalks. A long-crested eagle has been sighted a few times – always a thrill to see this proud and majestic bird.
Valentine’s Day in the bush is amazing. There is always a sense of romance whilst travelling in true nature anyway, but when Valentine’s comes around everyone seems to wholeheartedly embrace the spirit of it. Romantic private tables were set up under a blanket of stars, serenaded by our staff choir. Our guests described it as a true once-in-a-lifetime experience, one that will be forever etched in their memories.
It is with much anticipation that we await March. It is usually around this month that we start to finally receive most of the seasonal Okavango water, and so many water-based activities take off. We look forward to offering more boat day trips and picnics on various small islands. Hopefully we will see you here!