Climate and Landscape
Another hot month showed up as temperatures reached the 38-40° Celsius mark and big herds of elephant dominate the Linyanti River. It is a very good time for our guests to be game viewing along the river due to the waterholes drying up and game focusing on this water source.
Traditionally our dry season begins in April and ends in November, whereupon the wet season begins with the December rains and continues through to the end of February.
It’s always awesome seeing the summer migrants back in the area and our birders really enjoyed the carmine bee-eaters and yellow-billed kites, always the first return visitors to show up in our region.
Botswana is well-known for its large population of elephant, and the Linyanti region proves it to our guests who might have only previously read about the massive numbers seen within the camp, in the swamps of the Linyanti, and crossing over to Namibia or coming back to Botswana.
Here at Linyanti Tented Camp we have one big bull elephant that likes to roam within the camp resulting in us naming him Mr Linyanti.
After three months of watching the new cubs of the LTC Pride, about two weeks into September we started seeing only two cubs; a big concern to everyone is what could have happened to the third cub and will the pride manage to protect the surviving two cubs? If a leopard or hyaena comes across them while they are left alone they will take advantage of the opportunity and kill the cubs. In the meantime the pride is very successful in terms of hunting and brings down any prey it comes across, the focus being on big game like giraffe, baby elephant and kudu.
Our wildlife highlight of the month was the female leopard, which is regularly seen relaxing in the camp area posing for pictures. Guests never tire seeing this leopard and can watch her the whole day.
A pack of wild dog from Chobe National Park showed up a few times on the eastern side of camp and our hope is to see them more often.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Aobakwe Bonno and Duduetsang Mokgadi
Pictures courtesy private guide Ona Basimane