Climate and Landscape
What a change the last few weeks have brought up here to the Linyanti. With winter creeping in the temperatures started to slowly drop to an average 11° Celsius in the mornings and a very mild 26° C during the day. Guests now look forward to a welcome ‘Bush Baby’ for their early morning drive, and another warming their bed at night after an Amarula around the fire.
The area has also started to show signs of winter fast approaching. The once lush, green undergrowth is now all but dried out while all around the leaves slowly take on their autumn colours. This allows for easier game-spotting out in the field.
All the usual suspects were true to their reputations and kept our guests entertained for hours on end. Our resident DumaTau lion pride seems to have lost a few of its females to the new Channel Boys, and has been proudly showing off its five cubs. And then to top it all, the two boys from Namibia were also in the area trying to claim it for themselves; having six males roaming the area makes for interesting viewing.
With all the lions around, the leopards ought to have taken a back seat; however, they still showed up on a regular basis, posing for guests as only a leopard can.
It would seem that our resident wild dog pack, the Zib Pack, has a heavily-pregnant alpha female. As they are still hanging around the area, we can only hope that they will find a nice denning spot close by. Who knows? Maybe a few little pups to follow soon…
Our highlight for the month was of something a little smaller – but just as deadly. We saw some black mambas around camp on quite a few occasions. During one particular brunch, we were called by some of the housekeepers who said that there were two black mambas behind the laundry. We called the guests and set off to investigate, finding the two in what looked like a mating ritual, engaged for quite some time, lifting their bodies nearly a metre off the ground. Each was trying to get the upper hand. However, as quickly as it had started, so they dropped to the ground and moved off: an amazing sighting that not too many people get to witness.
And now we are into June… nearly halfway through the year.
From myself Johan, and the management team of Anneri, Mpho, Dudu, Bamps, GP and Kabo, and guides Godfrey, Flame, Rogers, Ban, BK and Mocks – til next time…