Climate and Landscape
The December weather is always a mixture of a few hot days followed by magnificent thundershowers for a day or two, providing relief from the heat. The minimum temperature for December was a mild 18° Celsius and most days topped out in the mid 30°s, with a maximum of 37° C recorded for the month. We had a few thunderstorms throughout the month, providing a total of 69 mm of rain.
December was a fantastic month for wildlife here at Kwetsani with one of the lionesses and her two cubs spending time around the camp for a few days.
Sightings on the concession were amazing with the resident lions seen on several occasions and a few of our guests really lucky to follow one of the dominant male lions patrolling from Kubu Lagoon all the way along the Jao floodplain. We had another surprise later on in the month when the two dominant males decided to visit us again, right in front of Kwetsani. We had a very lucky group that was in the process of checking who got to see them not even 10 minutes into their stay with us!
The most exciting wildlife highlight for us, I would say, was the arrival of the wild dogs: a pack of five spent time on Hunda Island at the beginning of the month and we had a lot of great sightings – but the best of all was when they turned up at Kwetsani itself, causing mayhem on the island, with all the bushbuck rushing as fast as possible to their chosen hiding spots and the impala harem on full alert, being chased in every direction.
We also had a few good sightings of leopards on Hunda Island while big herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra were seen on the floodplains.
Birds and Birding
For all the twitchers out there, December was an amazing month and we managed to see the rosy-throated longclaw again, while a martial eagle killed a monitor lizard which was a fascinating thing to see, and we all got some amazing photo opportunities.
The southern ground-hornbills were seen on the Kwetsani floodplain and on one afternoon we counted 50 wattled cranes, all congregated around the Hippo Pool area on the Jao floodplain.
Staff in Camp
Managers and Guides: Juan Fourie, Alzaane Bock, Dennis Smith, Kgaga Kgaga