Climate and Landscape
So another month has come and gone and we are well and truly into the second part of the year. With the winter temperatures setting in, you can see almost on a daily basis the changes in the environment. The grass is now all but dried out, and the last of the leaves are hanging on, waiting for the August winds to come and blow them down, getting everything ready for spring to arrive.
With the influx of the zebra, wildebeest and buffalo herds come the increase in the predators. The Channel Pride is making the most of the abundance of food around and are following the herds across the plains, picking off the young and vulnerable.
Our resident male leopard, Ra Makwati, looks to be on the mend after he was wounded in a serious battle last month. Struggling to walk and with a massive wound under the eye, we were not sure if he was going to survive. But as we know, Nature has a way to balance all things, and he is well and truly on the mend – just showing how amazing the will to survive is out here in the wild.
We are all looking forward to the warmer months of September and October. With the water in the forest areas all but gone, large numbers of animals are drawn to the floodplains west of camp. Big herds of plains game with huge numbers of elephant will be congregating along the water’s edge, enjoying the fresh water, their lifeline to survival.
From myself, Johan, and the team, Anneri, Kemm, Gee, Leshly and Bamps, and the guides Mocks, Flame, Ban, Godfrey, Evans, BK and Rogers, till next time.