DumaTau Camp - March 2018

Mar 6, 2018 DumaTau Camp
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Climate and Landscape
The first quarter of the year has sped by, almost in the blink of an eye, with March the most exciting month of the year so far.

The patchy rain meant the temperatures started to cool down and with an average high of 30° C, and cooler evenings at 18° C, we were able to spend a lot more time out in the bush. The rain also seemed to ease off with only 78 mm recorded here over the month, most of it coming in typical late afternoon thundershowers, treating guests to some of the most magnificent displays of lightning that I have seen in a while.

With the bush so lush and green, and the grasses standing tall, the guides had to work extra hard, honing all their senses, to track and find the hiding places of the more elusive animals.

Wildlife
The DumaTau and Channel lion prides were seen regularly, patrolling their territories between DumaTau and the Savute Channel, ever-attentive to the sounds and smells of any intruders that might have crossed the channel.

Rramakwati, our resident leopard, also gave guests a few standout performances. Whether up a tree, posing with his fresh kill or strolling around the floodplains, he never missed the opportunity to pose for a photo.

Our local wild dog pack, the Zib Pack, also kept the adrenalin pumping. We all know that once you find them, the afternoon usually ends with a thrilling chase through the mopane forest, trying to keep up with them as they search for their next meal to share as a family.

With the sun setting a bit earlier these days, guests spent more time on drives after dark spotting the more elusive nocturnal animals. On one such drive they got to see two porcupines taking a casual wander up the road.

Meanwhile the cooler temperatures have also allowed the hippos to move further from the water as they look for more grazing.

And with that it is almost time for us to take our month’s leave in April. From me, Johan, and the team of Anneri, Gee, Kemm and Tebby, and guides Mocks, Rogers, BK, Ban and Godfrey…. Till next time!

 

 

 

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