Davison's Camp - November 2012

Dec 9, 2012 Davison's Camp
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Weather and Landscape
November was a dry and hot month. Even in this dryness, the trees stood their ground and they are still covered in lush, green foliage. The heat did however cause some of the trees to droop and wither in a bid to save moisture from the parching heat. Most of the grass species have started to sprout new growth, providing a very welcome source of nutrition for the plethora of grazers in the area.

Elephant numbers in the area are dropping as the pachyderms spread and range over a bigger area in their search for quality food. Ostrich Pan and the camp area have been incredibly productive for game viewing as the large number of wildlife congregate in these areas. The area in front of the camp has attracted large herds of wildebeest, which have entertained our guests daily.

On the predatory side, lion were heard calling almost on a nightly basis and hung around the camp area as they followed the prey species. The highlight for the month was the cheetah sighting we had in front of camp. This was great as for all our guests in camp, as this was their first cheetah sighting and most of them were able to get nice photographs.

Other great sightings for the month included nice herds of sable.

Birds and Birding
Every day we were finding more and more summer migrants arriving. Towards the end of the month, Jacobin cuckoos could be heard calling from within every thicket of vegetation. It is always interesting to observe the behaviour of all the cuckoos at this time of year as they search for a secretly recruit surrogate parents for their offspring.

As many of the resident raptors nest during the winter month, we have many fledglings around.

Camp News
This month we were privileged to host the Children in the Wilderness programme. Kids from the neighbouring villages were treated to a five star service. They adored game drives and being hosted by the staff at the camp. They were given talks and played games all related to conservation. Guides and the staff in general took turns to teach them about the environment and show them the value of conservation.

We all agree that it's better to make kids realize the value of our natural resources and conserve it. They then become ambassadors as they pass the massage to their family members.

Staff in Camp
Managers: Themba, Buhle and Eugene.
Guides: Themba, Avias, Brian, Robert and Livingstone.

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