Climate and Landscape
The promise of summer was short-lived this month as a cold front crept into the Delta making sure that we all cuddled up with our winter warmers, enjoying the “bush babies” keeping the beds toasty after a chilly day out on the water. The water level became noticeably lower this month as the season has progressed, allowing an assortment of storks to feed on accessible shallow-water prey.
A breeding pair of artistically coloured saddle-billed storks has set up residence at Jacana. The two of them are often seen in front of the camp whilst high tea is being enjoyed by all. A lucky few have even witnessed them chasing after the quick-moving freshwater crabs that scurry among the reeds, the highlight being when one of them caught a snake and shared it with his partner… very rare indeed.
A single bull elephant was seen circling the island during July, a very calm and relaxed individual, allowing people to watch him and enjoy his presence. The opportunity to stand shoulder to shoulder with nature’s megafauna truly is a humbling experience.
The birds at Jacana will always remain a memorable experience for any birder frequenting our hotspots; our Pel’s fishing-owls remain a dominant voice in the evening choir, always putting a smile on the birders’ faces while all the fruit-eaters have gathered at the big fig tree growing through our bar area. Photographers and birders alike spend hours watching the colourful birds chirping away as they gorge themselves on the ripening fruits.
The Three Sisters baobab was visited by all of our guests this month, the mekoro quietly waiting for their passengers as guests stood in awe in front of the massive tree. Our knowledgeable guides have all had the opportunity to share their knowledge of the Delta in the shadow of this tree, even teaching the odd few how to make a ‘friction fire’ just by rubbing two sticks together.
The brave few took a mokoro lesson in the shallow water in front of Jacana, some managing to keep their balance, whilst others felt the chilly water of the Delta when their concentration was broken; the fun was relished by all as it became a competition to see who could stay on the longest. Eventually everyone had a swim!
Staff in Camp
Managers: Paul Schofield and Tania Weitsz
Guides: TH Mahongo, Moruti Maipelo