Zibadianja - November 2007

Dec 14, 2007 |   |   | 
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In about a month, Zibadianja Camp will be moving to a new location. It will be sad to leave this amazing island with all its good vibes, fantastic memories and enchanting soul.

But ... we're moving into a very exciting future with fresh challenges and new opportunities. We will endeavor to incorporate some of the old Zibadianja elements into the new camp to maintain the connection to what has been a place that many (if not all) guests have come to love.

November has been a difficult month to spot game as a result of numerous rainy days and windy storms. However a handful of memorable sighting were still experienced by our guests.

One of these was of three jackals attacking a three metre long python in the open while a single pup looked on but kept its distance. The battle lasted three hours with the agile black-backed jackals taking turns biting, nipping, tugging and shaking while the powerful snake lunged and occasionally got in a bite but neither side seemed to make a serious impact. Eventually the snake was killed. But the jackals made no attempt to eat it.

This month has happily seen the beginning of the calving season, with zebra, giraffe, tsessebe and wildebeest all dropping their delightful offspring into this world. Unfortunately, there has been little sign of impala lambs or warthog piglets ... so we anxiously await their arrival.

The wild dogs spent an entire day with us in early November. They were resting at our waterhole as the sun was coming up, and then slowly moved off to the shade of "Ultra City" as the day got warmer. They stayed there most of the day, occasionally popping out into the open. They half-heartedly chased two huge male kudus and didn't even look up when a couple of impala sauntered past. Finally by dusk, they got up and headed off into the night.

Tessa & Stuart

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