Climate and Landscape
September – this is the month the Okavango decides to shake off the winter blues and prepare for summer. We experienced a mixture of weather conditions from cool and windy mornings to hot and dry days. Minimum temperatures dropped to 8° Celsius, reaching highs of 32° C towards the end of the month.
Water levels have started dropping fast and roads that were under water just a month ago are now open for game drives. It really is unbelievable to see how the Delta changes with the seasons. It is and always will remain one of the planet’s finest wilderness areas.
An interesting sighting from the camp one morning was mating elephants. This we don’t see often and those guests who decided to have a relaxing morning in camp got to see it all.
We heard a male leopard calling a few times around the camp and one morning the guests got to see him stalking the red lechwe that roam the floodplains in front of camp. Fortunately, for the lechwe anyway, the herd got away from him.
A lion and lioness were seen around the Ebony Junction area during the month. One evening out on the floodplains, while setting up a sundowner drinks stop for guests, we could hear the male in all his glory – a sound that always sends a chill down your spine.
The trips across to Hunda Island were extremely productive during the month with sightings of wild dog, lion with cubs, leopard, honey badger and a great number of plains game.
Birds and Birding
The highlight of the month for birds had to be the two resident Pel’s fishing-owls. On more than one occasion they came out and perched in full view of guests while they were enjoying dinner. To think birders (or twitchers, as they are affectionately known) might get to see these birds only once in their lives, when we have them living in the thick canopies of the mangosteen trees on the island, reminds us of what a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this is for many!
The all-day trips to Hunda Island were a big highlight for guests, combining fantastic game viewing with a picnic out in the bush.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Malcolm Peacock, Okker Stoltz, Vivian Beukes, Thato Phala, Charl Berg, Marina Lunga, Margaret Matlopeng, Joanah Mothamola, Mavenyegwa Crispen, Bevan Nonofo, Michelle Burger
Guides: Johny Mowanji, MD Modisane, Jakes Tembwe, Paul