Climate and Landscape
It has been a very mild winter so far. There were a few really cold mornings, but in general the days were lovely. However, for the boat trips in the morning, ponchos and bush babies (hot water bottles) were the best treats to keep us cosy.
We had spectacular leopard sightings again this month. And not only on game drives, but in camp as well, when a leopard paced the deck of one of our tents.
The four male lions have been patrolling our area, but there was a spat among the brothers at one point when they fought and really injured one brother. The lionesses that have dominated the area for years are still staying out of the way of these males and so we did not have the pleasure of their presence all month. That said, this is their area, and their birthplace, so they will be drawn back home once they feel safe enough with the males.
For the first time in the six years that we have been here, we saw giraffe on the floodplains in front of Kwetsani. Our staff did not believe it at first either, until they saw them for themselves. It was a super sighting.
We don’t have rhino here, but we have most other large mammals so July was a month of wonderful big game sightings including amazing elephant and buffalo.
Hippo and hyaena seem to be the noisiest at night, as the hippo grunt their conversations across the channels and the hyaena whoop out their calls into the clear night skies. Periodically the lions roar out their territorial dominance while in the background leopard saw out their own claims to the territory. There is nothing quite like the night sounds of the African wilderness.
The African harrier-hawk (or gymnogene) has been harassing the other birds around here while the ground hornbills wake us up early every morning as they trumpet into the ground. The babblers babble away loudly and the barred-owlet calls nearly the whole night. The Pel’s fishing-owl was seen on the island, while high above a bateleur eagle was spotted gliding over the floodplains. The birding at Kwetsani, as always, was fabulous this month.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Dan and Charmaine Myburg
Guides: Our professional guides for the month of May were Meshack Mbwe and Moyo Kapinga – thanks guys for a fabulous guiding month.