Climate and Landscape
What a blazing hot month November was – normally it is October that is unbearable because of the heat. We still need more rain and more water but as yet there are no signs in the sky.
In these harsh conditions a lot of animals suffer and can die. Because of the heat we witnessed this a lot, particularly a number of elephants which got stuck in the mud while trying to move to greener areas for more palatable vegetation in the swamp. This takes us back to the early 1980s when the Linyanti area experienced an extended drought.
Despite so little moisture in the atmosphere the mopane trees have managed to bloom and the woodland is noticeably greener.
Elephant were seen in their numbers though a few were unfortunate getting stuck in the muddy swamps. However, just spending a day in camp was tremendously entertaining as these grey beasts fed along the edge of the swamp. In the space of a week they completely changed the shape of the front view from camp!
The only places now where there is permanent water are in the Linyanti swamps – leading to fantastic sightings. There has been a huge concentration of buffalo, which we haven’t been seen in years up in the Linyanti – a clear indication that there are a lot of dry places in the woodland where animals can’t find water. These high concentrations of buffalo have attracted a lot of lions to the area.
The impala continue to breed and a lot of their young lost their lives to leopards and African wild dogs – part of the cycle of nature. Indeed, the high-profile sightings never stopped and even sitatunga were sighted in front of camp.
Our guests this month really enjoyed their stays at Linyanti Tented Camp making sure they did the back-of-house tour; they also loved mingling with staff members.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Olebogeng Alco Mbwe and Lemme Dintwa
Newsletter and photo credits: Lemme Dintwa