Climate and Landscape
From the crisp, cool July mornings, it was a welcome relief to see the temperatures rising throughout August and the first few signs of spring creeping in.
Elephant dominated most of the waterholes, especially the one in front of Linkwasha, which became a hive of activity from midday until well into the night. In single file, they lumbered towards the water, the younger members of the herd doubling their steps to keep up with their larger siblings.
The morning “traffic” around camp consisted mainly of a large herd of zebra that roamed the wide-open space in front of Linkwasha, retiring into the shade when it became too warm, and when the herds of elephant began streaming towards the pan.
Waterbuck, a lonely wildebeest and a herd of young impala rams mingled regularly amongst the zebra at the waterhole, before continuing with their grazing around the guest tents. Further out of camp, herds of majestic sable gathered during the heat of the day at Scott’s Pan, joined by smaller groups of roan antelope.
The lion seemed to have established themselves around Ngamo, though their territory extends as far as Back Pans and Scott’s, where they regularly patrolled, before returning to Ngamo. There, they were particularly efficient with their feeding, and on one game drive guests witnessed them killing three wildebeest.
The cheetah, four siblings and a coalition pair, were also frequent visitors to the camp, causing a huge commotion among the resident plains game. While guests were having brunch one morning, they saw the cheetah brothers walk in front of camp, clearly on a mission. In the few minutes that it took to climb onto the vehicles and drive around the camp to see them, they had killed an unsuspecting kudu, their speed and stealth taking everyone by surprise!
Birds and Birding
The first of the yellow-billed kites were seen in late August, a sure sign that summer is imminent.
The waterhole in front of camp is filled with water birds at the moment, with sandpipers, teals, geese and egrets adding to the activity. They were joined on a couple of occasions by a flock of pelicans.
Flashes of iridescent green around the rejuvenated shrubbery mean that the scarlet-chested and white-bellied sunbirds are back in camp.
Guests witnessed a tawny eagle hunting guineafowl recently, with one unlucky guineafowl plucked from where it was roosting in a leadwood tree.
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Staff in Camp
Camp Managers: Jeremy Claringbold, Joe Hanly
Managers: Avias Ncube, Yeukai Chihambakwe, Bridget Mack Pro
Guides: Joshua Magaya, Tendayi Ketayi
Learner Guides: Livingstone Sana, Eustace Mativire, Lovemore Nauwakhe