Climate and Landscape
The month of August is known for being windy and this month it started early and continued throughout the month.
At one stage the temperature dropped to almost freezing for a few days around the 10th of August. Several hundred kilometres to the south of the Delta, in South Africa, they received snow and with the north wind we felt its effects for a few days with the temperature in the morning being in single digits.
As the inundation has come to an end the channels have dried up quickly and the floodplains are left with just puddles of water. Now we are waiting for the summer rains to fill up the channels again.
There was good game viewing throughout the month, with a highlight being a leopard seen walking through the Jao floodplain.
Lappet-faced vultures were seen feeding on a carcass abandoned by the local pride of lions.
A rarely-seen cheetah put in an appearance on a couple of occasions. There was one sighting that stood out for guests: the cheetah took down a red lechwe, but after a short struggle attempting to suffocate the lechwe she realised the lions were not too far off and she clearly feared that they would chase her off, so for safety’s sake she decided to abandon the carcass.
A pack of wild dogs was found on Hunda Island, a sure sign of the water levels dropping throughout the Delta.
Big herds of elephant were seen moving to areas where the food is more abundant and there is less competition.
Our Hunda Island activities were a consistent success and lion, leopard, big herds of buffalo and many impala and red lechwe were seen and enjoyed.
Birds and Birding
We had numerous interesting bird sightings, especially after the African skimmers made their appearance in the floodplains. Great sightings of rosy-throated longclaws were recorded in the floodplains while the Pel’s fishing-owl’s deep hoot was often heard at night around camp.
We had a big group that occupied the whole of Jao Camp. One of their interests was star gazing so we created a surprise for them after dinner with a blanket set up at the airstrip where they were taken to study the myriad stars that shine above the Okavango.
Fishing was very good with lots of groups trying to catch ‘freshwater marlin’ – otherwise known as tigerfish. Some were lucky to see this spectacular predator. Others caught – and released of course – a few catfish, tilapia (bream) and even freshwater pike.
We took every opportunity to surprise our guests with a beautiful sundowner, a bush meal, a boma dinner or even just little surprises left in their tents after a long day.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Mompoloki Lookie Saakane, Marina Juma, Vivian Beukes, Okker Stoltz, Charl Bergh, Kenny Lugayeni, Bevan Asekeng
Guides: Mojakwe Tembwe (MT), Moengotsile Malebogo(Jakes), Tjandapiwa Lesifi (TJ), MD Modisani, Johnny Mowanji