DumaTau Camp - February 2018

Feb 21, 2018 DumaTau Camp
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Climate and Landscape
What a month February was up here at DumaTau! After we all thought that the rain might not actually come, it finally did. And it came down in buckets. In January we only had about 50 mm, but during February we had nearly triple that – so you can just imagine how nice and green it is out here.

And despite all the water and the lush green bush, it was another outstanding month out in the field. With umbrellas and ponchos at the ready, those who braved the weather were rewarded with some amazing sightings.

Wildlife
The month started off with the local Zib Pack of wild dogs hunting around camp for almost a week. Everywhere we looked, dogs were chasing impala and bushbuck. From killing an impala next to the laundry to chasing an impala right under the table where the guides were having lunch, it was never a dull moment when the dogs were around.

Not to be left out, the Channel Pride’s two males, two females and their five sub-adult cubs found that the best place to watch the aircraft coming into land was right next to the loading bay at the airstrip. Needless to say, a better welcome guests could not have asked for. And with so many interesting things around, the cubs had a great time exploring while the parents were out on the hunt. From sniffing wheels to tasting the Danger signs, nothing was left uninvestigated.

Birds and Birding
After all the rain, the waterholes are filled to the brim, and with that an amazing variety of birds is seen here – from hooded and white-backed vultures cleaning up the remains of dead giraffe to the remaining carmine bee-eaters looking for a snack, to woodland kingfishers getting ready to head back north.

As you can see, despite all the rain, this has got to be one of the most magical seasons up here at DumaTau.

From myself Johan, and the team of Anneri, Gao, Mpho and Masaka, and guides Mocks, Godfrey, Rogers, Ban and BK, take care until we meet again.

 

    

 

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