DumaTau Camp - August 2017

Aug 8, 2017 DumaTau Camp
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Climate and Landscape
The month of August started with cool temperatures at night, though it was still warm during the day. The low temperatures ranged between 10° and 20° Celsius and the highs between 20° and 35° C. The trees have started losing their leaves and the bush is getting dry, with the animals starting to concentrate along the Savute Channel and Linyanti River as the waterholes in the mopane woodland dry up.

August at DumaTau was productive for wildlife and we saw big herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra. A lot of game was also seen along the Savute and the Linyanti watercourses.

The DumaTau Pride was in the area for a while and they were generally successful with their kills. We saw them killing three buffalo calves at the old DumaTau, and also saw them on two red lechwe kills at the bridge.

Three days after the lechwe kill they killed a zebra west of the bridge but it was close to the area where the Channel Boys were resting; the Boys heard the pride and chased them away. Because the Boys are not part of the DumaTau Pride, they posed a threat to the pride, which then managed to back off, their cubs in tow.

The breakaways from the DumaTau Pride, which include two females and five cubs, are still in the area and the cubs are growing very well. They were seen at least twice a week. There is another pride of lions sometimes seen close to Savuti Camp and they comprise three females with nine cubs of different sizes; we are not sure if is the Savuti Pride because it has been while since they have been seen in the area.                                                                                                                                              

Other interesting sightings like leopard, wild dog and hyaena were also noted in the area. One of our resident female leopards, known by the name ‘MmaLebadi’, has a cub which is now two-and-a-half months old and is still seen in the area. The mother moves the cub to different locations, but never far from her regular traversing area. RraMakwati is a resident male whose territory encompasses the old DumaTau site and he was also seen a couple of times.

Regarding the wild dog packs, the LTC Pack is more regularly seen as it operates close to the Kings Pool area. The pack is down to seven as one dog was badly injured and we think it might be dead. Along the channel around the Mokwepa area we’ve seen two dogs which are hunting together and appear to be a new pack.

There is also a pack of six that we have been expecting to den and which we have been trying to find. On the 29th August, as he was taking guests out on a morning walking safari in the forest area, Rogers encountered the pack, thrilled to see it now has an addition of two pups that are about two months old. One dog was missing however, so they were down to five adults.

Birds and Birding
An extremely interesting sighting was a Ross’s turaco, a rare vagrant usually found further north in Africa with only a few sightings ever being recorded of this bird in Namibia and Botswana. The bird was sighted along the Linyanti River between 

The southern carmine bee-eaters have arrived but are not yet nesting. Their magnificent colours are brightening the landscape considerably.

Camp Activities
Champagne stops and breakfasts on the floating deck were highlights for guests this month.

Guest Comments
“The staff was wonderful, so kind and generous of spirit. Our guide Evans was the best. We are sad to leave and happy we were here.”

Staff in Camp
Managers: MamaBee, Kemmonye, Leshley, Gosego, Gao, Nuno and Carlos

Newsletter written by Rogers

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