Climate and Landscape
This last month presented quite an array of temperatures. While August is typically known as the windy month we did not have as much as expected – but what we did get were large variations in temperature as the month progressed.
South Africa experienced a cold front this last month and we must have caught the tail end of it as it passed over the central area of southern Africa. Over a two-day period, temperatures dropped to night-time lows of around 12° Celsius. Granted, for those who live in cold climates you may be thinking, that’s not bad, but for us out here it’s a bit too cold as we have become accustomed to the mild winters and hot summers. I’m happy to report that the cold spell did not last long and we are back to averaging typical warm days of around 32° C.
With the season on the cusp of spring the water has become almost non-existent in the plain in front of Tubu. Sadly this means that our water activities are nearing an end but the new season brings its own new adventure.
Wildlife sightings were exceptional this last month, with the predators most certainly coming out on top. Our resident pride had an exceptionally successful month with many kills providing ample viewing for in-camp guests.
Sadly the wild dogs were only sighted once or twice this month but the sightings we did have were still very good.
Leopard activity occurred mainly around the northern portion of the island close to Harry’s Baobab. The Tubu camp female leopard has been very secretive of late, not allowing the guides to follow her for very long. This has led us to wonder what she may be hiding from us, and the chatter amongst the guides is that we may soon see some new additions to our leopard family.
Having said all this, the star attraction at Tubu this month had to be the cheetah. She was sighted quite regularly, averaging every week or so. She seems to be a very successful female, with most of her hunts resulting in a kill. Kambango, one of our guides, and his guests got to witness this special cat do her thing from beginning to end. The thrill is, of course, more to do with the enjoyment of watching her stalk ever so slowly towards her prey, then the sudden, explosive use of energy as she chases down her prey in an open area. As one guest said, “Just spectacular!“
Birds and Birding
With the sudden, more evident drop in water levels it seems the water birds have started their usual migration north towards the more permanent water regions. Birdlife is still spectacular here though, with many of the summer migratory birds beginning to return to the area. We are optimistic for some spectacular sightings during the months ahead.
Staff in Camp
Managers: John Nott Dominique Nott Philile Hlongwa Sharon Nyamangaro Reuben Lesole Shabba Masesane
Guides: Kambango Sinimbo Kelebeng Mahupe Radipitse Onalethata Seretse Xaeko Maipaa Tekanyetso