Climate and Landscape
And so the second last month of 2017 draws to an end, bringing with it a whole host of events that mark the rainy season in the Linyanti.
Here at DumaTau, the first rains of the season arrived in November, happening almost overnight. Everywhere we look are little baby impalas, huddled together with the mothers never too far away. And with all these newcomers to the area, many predators were seen following close behind.
The lion population in the Linyanti has grown impressively over the past year. The Channel Pride has four adults and five cubs, the DumaTau Pride has eight adults and three cubs while the newcomers, the Bluebush Pride, have four adults and five three-month-old cubs. What a delight it was to see these young cubs reuniting with their mothers after they had been feeding on a giraffe they killed the day before. And as little ones are, curiosity got the better of them and they all approached the vehicle as if to come and give it the thumbs up. A great afternoon for all!
We closed DumaTau on the 26th of November for some TLC and maintenance, focusing on the main area floors, the roofs above the bar and the dining room, as well as some finishing touches to the guest rooms. We are all very excited about the work being done and look forward to seeing the finished product when we reopen on the 12th of December.
November kicked off with a great team-building event for Linyanti and Delta camp managers, hosted at a training lodge deep in the Okavango. Now, what happens when you take a bunch of camp managers and put them into a two-day guide-training course? Well, all I can say is that it was a lot of fun. And then to top it all we flew back to Maun in a helicopter; the absolutely best way to explore the Delta. Flying at treetop level with the doors removed gives you the best game-viewing and nature experience ever.
And with that we are into the final month of 2017. Where has the year gone? With all the great highlights that we saw up here in the Linyanti, we can only look forward to 2018 and the surprises it will hold.
From myself Johan and the team, including Anneri, Bamps, Kemm and Gao, and guides Mocks, Rogers, BK and Godfrey, here’s to a great festive season as we look to finishing the year in spectacular fashion.