Little Makalolo - July 2017

Jul 22, 2017 Little Makalolo
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Climate and vegetation
Most trees have lost their leaves due to the bitter cold weather except for those of the teak and the evergreen false mopane. The yellow leaves of the ordeal trees catch the eye of every glance presaging the coming summer heat. Such loss of leaves however, has opened up a lot of the bush and there isn’t much cover left, so visibility is excellent. Even the dry grass that’s still available is soon about to become history due to lack of moisture – but the herbivores will finish it off anyway. As more and more natural waterholes are starting to dry up due to the heat that is intensifying, slowly we are starting to see more and more buffalo coming really close to camp in order to drink water from the pan in front of camp. Activity around the mineral hot spots intensifies as herds of elephants congregate to lick a little of the trace element.

The Hwange winter has lived up to its reputation, with the last two weeks of July being mercilessly cold. The famous campfire became a highlight for most of our guests as they all bundled up around the precious heat. One morning we woke to 3 degrees Celsius – the lowest recorded for the month!

Wildlife
Despite the cold, the animals have been a delight as they have been spotted at various waterholes and on the large plains. On two occasions, we had a large herd of elephants of between 60 and 80 coming through to the waterhole in front of camp for a drink. A small herd of sable also came to visit one afternoon.

The waterhole has predominantly been the favourite for a lot of elephants and the numbers of elephants coming through for a drink have significantly grown, with between 200 and 300 elephants visiting in one afternoon! Our resident hyaena has been making appearances in camp every night during dinner time, leaving us always worried if our furniture will still be whole the following day – just like naughty dogs, these carnivores enjoy chewing the cushions!

Birds
The red-billed spurfowls continue to give us wake up calls and seem to have formed a choral group with the arrow-marked babblers, although some fine tuning needs to be done. Meyer’s parrots make an appearance every day and are seen often feeding off the false mopane seeds. Martial eagles and African fish-eagles have been gracing us with their beautiful presence.

Guest Comments
An excellent well-run camp with good communication between all members of staff. Nothing was too much trouble. Thank you for a memorable stay.

It was magical from beginning to end. The hide, the meals, the interesting warm staff. On game drives and walks were incredible.

We had an 11 year old granddaughter with us; Elias was brilliant with her and a superb guide.

Lots of animals around. Never experienced this in other camps.

MANAGER: Edwin Nehwati, Cynthia Ndiweni, Natalie Chipara GUIDES: Elias Chiga, Dickson Dube, Charles Ndlovu, Leonard Mutsvaga, Luke Terblanche

 

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