Climate and Landscape
August started off being very cold, but then the temperatures jumped by 2° every two days or so until we reached a low of just 16° Celsius – ensuring the mornings are very pleasant. The days however, are now in the mid-30s, making the swimming pool ever so inviting.
The leopard sightings have been really good this month. Our guests came across a leopard stalking a lechwe one afternoon so they stopped and waited – and they were not disappointed. They then saw the leopard pounce on the unsuspecting lechwe and make the kill – very quickly. The other leopard sightings may not have been as dramatic, but most of the time they were very good too.
There have been large herds of buffalo coming onto Hunda Island, and our guests were lucky enough to see the lion, which are normally on the concession next door, come in and make a kill on Hunda. Although they did not get to watch the actual kill, they got to see the lions just after they had feasted.
The hyaena cubs, which are now particularly inquisitive, have won the hearts of all our guests because they want to know what this big thing is that comes and stops by their den at periodic intervals so they come for a closer inspection. Like all young animals, they are just adorable.
Large herds of buffalo, elephant, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, kudu, impala, lechwe, tsessebe, and many more, roamed our island this month, giving us great sightings.
Birds and Birding
The birdlife is, as always at this time of the year, quite spectacular, especially with the millions of fish that are now schooling so that we regularly find large flocks of birds in a feeding frenzy.
We also know that summer is upon us because the nightjars are singing at night again. There is nothing quite like the stillness of the night sounds – it is peaceful and has a soothing effect on us, lulling us all to sleep.
“Dennis was an amazing, knowledgeable guide. He made the trip. Our hosts Dan and Charmaine were gracious beyond words. In other safaris we felt like customers, at Kwetsani we felt like guests in their home, dining in their living room. Our room was breathtaking. It’s hard to describe how wonderful it was sleeping here. I already miss it and we haven’t left yet. I would have liked more time to enjoy the beautiful accommodations.”
“The best lodge we know, but it’s not only the place, also the engagement of the managers – they treated us like best friends, thank you. Also our guide Meshack was really great and we had wonderful and interesting game drives and boat tours. He knows a lot. Really good food!”
Staff in Camp
Guides and Managers: Thank you to both Dennis Smith and Meshack Mbwe, for their outstanding guiding work throughout August.
Managers hosting you in August were Dan and Charmaine Myburg.