Climate and Landscape
Winter has definitely arrived at Jacana, along with a steady morning breeze to greet our breathtaking sunrises. The temperatures plummeted to as low as 1° Celsius at night, yet an African winter’s day can warm up as quickly as it cools off, allowing us to enjoy warm afternoons of up to 29°. Our water level has dropped quite a bit and more and more of our island has become exposed. It is quite a sight to behold as the water recedes, a whole new growth spurt appears and hordes of new and exciting creatures appear to feed upon the abundance.
July was a quiet month at Jacana, with only a small amount of human activity on our island. With this in mind, our guests got to experience an abundance of animal activity here instead – we believe the animals in the surrounding area came to investigate why the island had been so quiet. First, a young hippo male sought refuge from a rival territorial male on our island for most of the month, and some of our guests were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of him wandering back to the water in the morning.
A highlight indeed was when the morning chorus was disturbed by our local vervet monkeys’ alarm calls as a female leopard slunk through camp – not undetected by the monkeys. We followed the tracks left in the morning and saw how the spotted seductress had moved through without disturbing anyone.
Some very fortunate guests hit the wildlife jackpot when they saw a crocodile just five metres from their deck; they were lucky enough to see the croc work his magic and catch a fish right before their eyes… a truly fantastic sight.
Jacana experienced a large amount of elephant activity this month, mostly due to the abundance of figs on our sycamore trees. All of our guests this month managed to obtain stunning photos of our great grey giants, either swimming in the channel or feeding quite close to their tents.
Birds and Birding
The birdlife at Jacana never ceases to amaze bird lovers! Our resident Ginger Giants, the Pel’s fishing-owl, remains No. 1 on all birders’ life lists and even appeared on a well-known wildlife author’s web page this month.
Birding from the deck chairs this month with our new spotting scope also proved to be an enjoyable experience as the fish-eagles put on extravagant displays, showing our guests their magnificence as they dove into the water in pursuit of a meal… a truly magical month for all our guests, even though a little on the chilly side.
Camp Activities Fishing! Some of our guests had an amazing time at Kubu Lagoon this month – the ‘tigers’ have been putting on a great show and a lucky few managed to land some of the big boys.
We had a splendid collection of people visiting us from all corners of the globe and we have enjoyed our evenings around the warmth of the boma fire. Marshmallows put a smile on most faces as childhood memories where rekindled.
Staff in Camp Managers: Paul Schofield & Tania Weitsz Guides: TH Mahongo, Moruti Maipelo and Moyo Kapinga