Kwetsani Camp - April 2018

Apr 25, 2018 Kwetsani Camp
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Climate and Landscape
The month started off with a few light showers but it was all blue skies from the middle of the month. We had just 1.5 mm of rain and the maximum temperature reached 33° Celsius with a chilly minimum of 16° C.

Winter has slowly crept up on us and towards the end of the month the characteristic cool mornings started leading into warm, dry afternoons. The most exciting thing this month was the start of the inundation surrounding Kwetsani, a magical experience no matter how many times you have been privileged to experience it.

Wildlife
April is a magical time to be in the Okavango, especially around Kwetsani. The anticipation of the waters arriving any day causes everyone to wake up a little more excited, as if we are going to receive an early Christmas present every morning.

The wildlife has once again not disappointed either, and we were extremely thrilled to have found a female leopard that has given birth to two beautiful cubs. As they are still small she has not moved them around too much, which means we were able to watch her and her babies for a good majority of the month.

We also had lions around the camp again and some very lucky guests were treated to an experience of a lifetime as the pride’s two young males walked all over the island, contact calling to their mother who was busy trying to catch a lone warthog.

Other sightings were just as good, with wild dog, cheetah and civet all seen on one afternoon boat trip. The changing over of the seasons has led to hundreds of lechwe moving back towards the Kwetsani floodplain while a few large elephant bulls were seen around camp as well.

The resident kudu cow, who never seems to leave the side of her adopted impala family, gave birth this month – a huge surprise to all of us out here. And now we have a very cute miniature kudu around camp.

Birds and Birding
With the Delta waters arriving, many more water birds have been seen around Kwetsani, with loads of wattled cranes seen on the floodplains. We also enjoyed a few amazing owl sightings around camp.

Staff in Camp
Juan Fourie, Alzaane Bock, George Tembo, Kgaga Kgaga

 

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