Climate and Landscape
January was a very hot and dry month out here in the Delta with maximum temperatures reaching 43° Celsius. The minimum only dropped to 18° Celsius, leaving staff and animals parched and looking for shade, and appreciating the few drops of pula that did fall.
Water levels dropped so low that we have stopped our boating and mokoro activities for now. The rain clouds would build up most days but then just as we thought we were getting some rain they would disappear, quite literally with the wind...
However the rains finally did arrive towards the end of the month, much to all of our relief, and most definitely to the relief of the animals in the area. Rainfall recorded during the month was just 14.2 mm.
We were very fortunate to have regular sightings of wild dogs in the area during the month. On more than one occasion we saw them hunting red lechwe on the floodplain in front of Jao Camp.
Various small herds of elephant and giraffe were seen regularly in the Jao area, the giraffe having moved across from Hunda Island. We also had daily sightings of buffalo in and around the camp.
Birds and Birding
Various sightings of lions and leopards were recorded at Jao, but the highlight for this time of year has to be the abundant birdlife in the Delta, with large flocks of birds feeding on the fish trapped in the last remaining pools of water.
The wattled cranes have also started gathering in large flocks, which is a pleasure to see.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Malcolm Peacock, Michelle Burger, Charl Berg, Okker Stoltz, Vivian Beukes, Thato Phala, Kenny Lugayeni, Joannah Matlhomola
Professional guides: Johny Mowanji, Jakes Tembwe, Mokaullengwe Modisane, Meshack Mbwe, Paul Moleseng