Climate and Landscape
In the Delta November is one of our favourite months. The blistering heat of October has passed and whilst the days do still get up to 37° Celsius, the evenings are mild, averaging around 20° C. We had a lot more rainfall this year than in the past, with 63 mm recorded this month, which hopefully means the great African summer rains are going to be very impressive this year… fingers crossed.
It was a very eventful November here at Kwetsani and we saw the dominant male lion coalition patrolling Kwetsani quite a few times. Due to the lower water levels, some younger males tried to move in on their territory and “befriend” the resident lionesses, but the big boys were having none of it. One particular morning the dominant males were seen running all over the island calling and searching for the intruders that had scent-marked around the area, causing a few nervous looks from staff as the lions ran through the staff village, under the main area and under almost every room. Some guests had decided to stay behind that morning and were treated to a display of lion dominance seldom seen.
We also watched an amazing interaction between a young male leopard and a bull elephant – our guide Moyo and his guests found the young male in a fig tree and after a while noticed a big bull walking over to see if there were any figs to eat. The elephant then noticed the leopard in the tree, which he decided the cat was not allowed to share, and proceeded to chase him away. We were lucky as well to come across a small pack of five wild dogs on our trips to Hunda Island – always a special sighting.
Baby season has started as well with tiny versions of impala, warthog and lechwe seen everywhere, running with vigour in all directions at the slightest rustle of a bush or inquisitive game viewer vehicle. The warthog piglets are the most fun to watch as they jump, spin, kick, bite and race around all over the show.
Birds and Birding
Birding this month would have sent any level of twitcher into raptures of joy. A lone Pel’s fishing-owl was seen around Kwetsani’s main area a few times this month and the return of the woodland kingfishers brought a spike of sound to our morning soundtrack. Our usual suspects, including wattled crane, southern ground-hornbill and saddle-billed storks, were seen regularly. A rosy-throated longclaw was the highlight for one very lucky group of birders this month.
Staff in Camp
Managers and Guides: Fourie, Alzaane Bock, Moyo Kapinga, Kgaga Kgaga