Climate and Landscape:
The August winds have been blowing, giving the general assistants in camp piles of leaves to rake. Spring is here and the flowers will start blooming soon. The days are still cool and the mornings and nights are quite chilly as guests are still wearing fleeces for early activities and at dinner time. The chill is accompanied by intense winds at times, though the sun soon warms up the mornings.
The water is receding rapidly, greatly intriguing our guests who are enjoying the water activities. There has not been much large game seen on Jao Island as the lions have moved over to Hunda Island and the two from the Abu Concession have also been discreet.
Otherwise we had beautiful sightings of elephant crossing the channels in the lovely warm afternoons and saw fantastic workshops of hippos in the lagoons as they hold meetings and play around in the water. Evidently more bulls are being chased out of their herds as we have a lone male that has made his bed here in camp, keeping the staff on their toes.
Birding also never disappoints as guests’ eyes feast on many a species, with the Pel’s fishing-owl being a favourite as one has nested on an island near camp. This has made mokoro excursions around that island extra special.
With the water levels dropping more and more, red lechwe are starting to move around. We now have a small herd that has made Jacana Island and its surrounding areas its own.
At the same time the areas that were once flowing water are becoming large sand banks, attracting numerous birds, from fish eagles to tiny and fast-moving malachite kingfishers. It is also great to see some of the Delta’s summer visitors returning, such as the yellow-billed kite.
The banded mongooses were also seen around, playing and entertaining guests while the monkeys were being ever so naughty, always peeping in when guests were eating in the dining area.
The guests enjoyed more and more water activities as the water is still around, and they had eventful mokoro outings and lovely boat cruises as well as fantastic fishing expeditions, which some guests experienced for the first time.
Staff in Camp
Camp Managers: Pierre Douglas and Paula Richter
Guides: Bolatotswe “Bee” Makgetho, Tshenolo “TH” Mahongo