Climate and Landscape
November’s weather at Jacana was very pleasant as the hottest time of the day was spent next to the pool with an ever-so-appreciated beverage in hand. At night we delighted in the wonderful cool breeze during dinner, as by then the heat of the day had become a little bit too much. We also had a few days where a strong wind blew, bringing a few drops of rain every now and then.
Guests enjoyed numerous sightings of two lionesses and their cubs very close to camp. At one point, one mother was spotted from the main area at dinner time.
We also often saw a breeding herd of elephant crossing the water, the baby usually holding mommy’s tail when in the water. We were also greeted by a big elephant bull around the camp a few times as he loves the succulent vegetation here.
On mokoro trips, guests experienced great photographic opportunities of the painted reed frog and long reed frog, neither of which they could believe would be so fascinating and beautiful. As the water level is going down we also had numerous sightings of the usually rarely-seen sitatunga.
It has was wonderful to see all the red lechwe in front of camp while we enjoyed a reviving drink and something delicious to eat at high tea.
In camp at night we heard leopard calls from other islands, but they have not yet visited us at the camp.
Birds and Birding
At breakfast we regularly saw a few openbill storks flying by while the woodland kingfisher is also still making its presence known as the ‘rooster’ of the camp in the early morning.
The African fish-eagle calls seemed extra loud and during the day we would see them out in the open, fishing in the pools around Jacana.