Climate and Landscape
In the grand scheme of all things Okavango Delta, October has a reputation for being the hottest month of the year. Well, the mercury doesn’t lie and the thermometer maxed out at 38° Celsius this past month. However, most days started very comfortably, with average morning temperatures around 20° C while the lowest was 16° C.
The waters are constantly receding, but we have received our first rains of the season so hopefully that will keep what water we do have around a little longer. At just over 30 mm already, the new rainy season tally is looking good for a start; let’s see what the rest of the season brings.
Many people have a mistaken idea of the Okavango Delta and believe that once the inundation season is at an end, there is nothing to see. On the contrary, just as the waters are a marvel of nature, the green season brings with it many new and exciting opportunities. As the levels drop the water is “replaced” by herds of red lechwe seen directly from the camp. And when the plains game returns, so do the predators.
Jacana guests were entertained watching lions fail at making a kill one morning, only to return in the afternoon to see them succeed, and then proceed to collect the cubs and teach them how to open the carcass. It is not something we see every day, but the chances are much higher in the green season.
Our Jacana business of mongoose looks to have lost its entire litter, for reasons unknown. We had a seriously injured adult who is also not around anymore and another with an injury to the snout, but it seems to be recuperating. All of this does not detract from their playfulness when they come down to the water at the deck in the late afternoon.
With the receding water the area around Jacana has become home to substantial breeding herds of elephant along with a couple of newcomers. We sometimes see them at the edges of the islands across the water, or crossing the shallow water in front of camp. Some guests have even caught sight of them rolling around in the water.
We are at an interesting stage of the inundation season where we can access the camp by vehicle, but we still have boating activities from camp. This opens up extra non-standard activities and experiences we can offer our guests. We have surprised guests with both a land sundowner (only possible when we drive directly into camp) and a “boat ambush” when they returned from a boating activity (only possible when we boat from camp) – just adding a little something extra to their day’s sightings and activities.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Kebafe Lejahe, Jacques Bester and Nadia Botha
Guides: Bolatotswe “Bee” Makgetho and Dichaba “Broken” Bambo