Climate and Landscape
Another year has started bringing with it exciting new challenges. We experienced incredibly hot summer days with the occasional cooling breeze, but the rain has been virtually absent – the wind would come up and lift our hopes, and then nothing further would happen. The heat was just on another level and it felt like October in January this month. Hopefully it will get better and we’ll have some rain as the year goes on. PULA!
Because of the heat, a lot of animals have disappeared from around Jacana Camp and where we would normally have herds of lechwe in front of camp, there is no water and it is bone dry. Whilst camp is empty the baboons that are always in the staff village try their luck in the guest areas and the ever-so-cheeky monkeys are also around to check if there is anything to grab and eat.
On the other hand, we heard lions roaring at night and they were seen by guests out on drives.
We also woke up to hyaena tracks by the office and had a very rare sighting of wild dogs just outside of our pilot’s tent; the dogs seemed to enjoy Jacana as they made regular visits to our camp and surrounds.
The monitor lizards are also around and we saw many pelicans at the nearby water sources, feasting away along with fish-eagles and large gatherings of one of the ‘ugly five’, the marabou stork.
Many hippos were seen at a small lagoon – because of the lack of water they all congregated in one pond, a fantastic sight to see.
With little to no water we did not have any boating or mokoro excursions – for the first time in Jacana’s history – indicating a change in the climate here and its ramifications.
Our guests however, had wonderful sighting of lions and wild dogs while on game drives, while some even tried a walking safari in our beautiful corner of the Okavango Delta.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Kebafe Lejahe, Reuben Lesole
Guides: Bolatotswe “Bee” Makgetho, Tshenolo Th Mahongo and Broken Dichaba