Africa with Wilderness Safaris
Camps with Wilderness Safaris
Explorations with Wilderness Safaris
Climate and Landscape
Continual rain throughout the month has resulted in rising water levels and the bush turning green and lush. The days continued to be mostly cloudy and quite mild, daytime temperatures rarely exceeding 28° Celsius (82°F). Many of the channels have filled with the rain water, making all of us quite excited for the inundation to come later in the year!
Wildlife and Highlights
This month was all about babies – including one particularly memorable sighting! Whilst guests were still having breakfast one morning, they noticed that the herd of wildebeest that had been in front of the camp was moving off into the taller grass and bushes near Tent 11 – all, that is, except one. When this wildebeest eventually stood up, a brand new baby was seen lying in the grass. Needless to say, the departure on the morning game drive was significantly delayed! We were all in awe, watching as the baby tried standing, then finding its feet and eventually starting to trot short distances. And this all in the space of 30 minutes! The excitement of new life was palpable and even the older calves in the herd seemed to be overjoyed by the arrival of their new friend. Impala, warthog, bushbuck and zebra were also seen parading their young in front of the camp for all to see.
Lion and leopard continued to put in appearances, although with the longer grass the sightings are a little more sporadic than during the dry season. Our lion cubs are doing fairly well, but two of the younger ones have not been seen for the last week or so and we can’t help but fear the worst.
The camp female leopard was heard on numerous occasions near camp and she is possibly looking for a male following the demise of her cub a few months ago.
This month the herds of herbivores also spread out a lot to make use of the abundant green vegetation around. The wild dogs that we saw regularly until last month have also therefore been roaming more widely to hunt, leading to a decline in sightings. They do however trot past the front of the camp to let us know they are still around!
Rising water levels on and around the island means that water birds are once more in evidence. A wattled crane pair near the airstrip successfully raised a chick and was seen on a few occasions.
A favoured haunt for visiting birders are the lagoons and channels to the east and north of the island – in particular near Harry’s Baobab. Little bittern, Allen’s gallinule, chirping cisticola and African pygmy goose are some of the specials seen.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Jan Pienaar, Liana Jansen, Mmapula Malela, Sam Wallace, Jennifer Denton, Barbara Webstock, Bevan Asekeng
Guides: Dichaba Bambo, Seretse Xaeko, Ipeleng Mollowakgotla, Phenyo Lebakeng, Kgaga-Kgaga