Climate and Landscape
So yet again what a month this amazing Linyanti area delivered for DumaTau and our guests. Just when you think that things cannot get any better, something even more amazing seems to happen!
With the short winter that we have up here, guests were forced to dress warmly for the mornings while our “bush babies” were a welcome sight as the morning temperatures dropped to as low as 4° Celsius. But as we all know, it is short-lived and by the end of the month we were already recording temperatures in the low 30°s. Now it would seem that as August arrives, so has spring, and it’s just a matter of time before we reach the 40° mark.
The game at DumaTau was once again nothing short of spectacular. The numbers of elephant gathering around the much sought-after water sources have been increasing and we’ve seen herds as big as three to four hundred along the Savute Channel, all greeting each other like long-lost families reuniting. With the scarcer water supply, food becoming more difficult to find and the temperatures about to soar, we’re surely in for an interesting summer.
We had a few very interesting sightings around DumaTau this month. I was confronted one night by two honey badgers outside the office trying to get into the kitchen. I bravely tried to scare them off, but as we all know, honey badgers are tough little creatures. All they did was assume their well-known position and take a few steps towards me. Needless to say, I let them be.
We also had a few close leopard sightings in camp. Teresa, walking home after dinner one night, spotted one sitting just a few metres from her house. So who says you have to leave camp to see amazing stuff?
Speaking of our resident predators, we were pleased to see the DumaTau Pride decided to come back onto our concession after we experienced a rather quiet start to the month. They were seen following herds of buffalo and picking them off one by one, while one of the females introduced her cubs to the family – three healthy new additions to the pride.
But the leopard and wild dog did not want to miss out on the limelight and with abundance of game around, our guests were never far away from a special sighting out here in the Linyanti.
So from myself Johan and the team of Anneri, Teresa, Gee, Dudu and Bumps, and our guides, Mocks, Tank, Name, Rodgers and Godfrey… It’s not goodbye for now, but rather, ‘till we meet again’.