Jacana Camp - August 2013

Aug 13, 2013 Jacana Camp
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The overall weather has definitely been warmer than July and also slightly warmer than the same time in the preceding year. The end of the month was chilly with a cold wind but this was caused by the cold front in South Africa. Afternoon temperatures have been in the high 20 degrees Celsius and low 30s with the nighttime mercury only once or twice dropping down to 10, but mainly staying above 14 C.

Birds and Wildlife
Jacana is still very much a birder’s paradise. The water continues to dry up but the water levels have been dropping slower than in July. Due to this level drop, the floodplain in front of Jacana has become drier and we have started to see more wattled cranes, open-billed, spoon-billed and saddled-billed storks.

We now have two breeding pairs of African fish-eagles that are seen in front of Jacana or flying over the camp. The collared sunbirds have been enjoying the flowers of the sausage tree and making the most of the blooms.

The male lion has been seen in the last week of August on Jao Island, sometimes alone and other times with the two females. We have heard him call on several nights. Our guests were lucky enough to see a male leopard while on a boat cruise on Kubu Lagoon and then we believe the same leopard was seen on the Jacana shortcut about a week later. A female and cub were also seen but very briefly.

Kubu Lagoon has been very productive with great sightings of crocodiles and hippos as well as bird species such as purple herons, squacco herons, yellow-billed egrets, slaty egrets, pied and malachite kingfishers, African jacanas and lesser jacanas.

Our regular male elephants have been making their presence known most evenings by walking in front of our guest tents where they like to feed on the nearby palm trees. The camp hippo has not been seen that much, but seeing as the grass on the island has dried out and there is not much grazing, this is to be expected. He has, however, been sighted near the staff village in the water on some mornings.

With the water drying up, red lechwe have been seen in abundance around Jacana Island on the mud flats as well as at night resting under the rooms.

Our small troop of monkeys are still around, but are mainly seen in the trees above Tents 6 and 7 and towards the staff village.

We have had a few fishing trips with quite a number of fish caught, including tiger fish, large-mouthed bream, African pike and catfish. As is customary practice at Jacana, these are all released after they are caught.

Guest Comments
“Birdlife, frogs on the reeds, hippos, elephants! Learning about nature from Moruti who is very knowledgeable, patient and interested in showing what he knows. We also enjoyed the flexibility of the schedule to suit our needs. The siesta time between lunch and tea was most welcome! We also appreciate the kindness and attention shown to our children.They had a great time and this allows for the whole family to have a great time!” – Gaffa family – USA/Lesotho.

“What a wonderful staff & beautiful camp! We so enjoyed our stay, thank you!” - Jeremy & Patty, Wisconsin, USA

“Such a beautiful place. Had the most remarkable bath even - #1 – watching the full moon, Lovely!” - Seth & Rita, Florida, USA.

“We had a magnificent stay, with seeing a lot of animals, enjoying the boat rides and the drives and enjoying the care of the friendly staff. Of course the food and the camp setting was perfect too!” - Guido & Birgit

“Arrangement of rooms/tents on arrival. The leopard we saw while on a boat cruise. Journeys on mekoro. The relaxing atmosphere at the camp.” - Daniel & Baerbel – Belguim.

“We had a wonderful time in this great camp and we enjoyed our stay incredibly! We hope to come back one day, take care and carry on like that! Thank you!” - Van der Linden Group Belgium / Tunisia.

“The experience was outstanding! The accommodation, the staff, especially the managers! The food was exceptional! The guide of course was extremely knowledgeable – the activities were excellent!” - David & Janette

Staff in Camp
Managers: Ian and Michélle Burger
Guides: Moruti Maipelo, Gibson Kehemetswe

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