Climate and Landscape
We experienced warm to hot temperatures during the day, with the mercury reaching 40° Celsius and more at times.
A veld fire broke out leading to the temporary closure of Kalahari Plains Camp. However, to make up for it, we received some showers towards the end of September, resulting in new vegetation and a fresh green appearance to the plains.
Kalahari Plains saw a lot of predator activity from the lions as we observed great movement within their territory by our local pride. The Plains Pride consists of six juveniles, three adults and the dominant males, the Owens Boys, Long Wheel Base and Short Wheel Base.
We even sighted the pride around the camp waterhole.
General game was also seen – mainly gemsbok (oryx), springbok, wildebeest and steenbok, with opportunistic jackal always on the scene too.
We hope for an even greater concentration of general game as well as predators next month.
Birds and Birding
We were delighted to witness flocks of Cape turtle doves and vultures soaring overhead at the camp waterhole, creating amazing flight patterns. Kori bustard were a common sight at the Big Pan area.
Botswana’s Independence Celebrations Botswana became independent on the 30th September 1966 and every year on this date we gather together as Batswana to celebrate. Kalahari Plains’ staff celebrated the country’s 51st anniversary in camp with our neighbours, Matswere Wildlife and Matswere SSG BOTS51.
PULA! PULA! PULA!
Compiled by Pogisego Pg Raseme