Climate and Landscape
April started out as a very dry month, as expected, but we were surprised with a few overcast days and even some rain around mid-month which caught us off guard! Temperatures are definitely dropping as winter approaches and we are experiencing minimum temperatures of 14 degrees Celsius, so everyone’s jackets were put to use as wind always blows strongly on the little island we call home.
We also witnessed the amazing transition between rains and our yearly inundation. Water levels started around 110 this month, dropping to below 100 as the rains ended. Then in about a week, it rose to 110 again, a sign that the waters are coming in from Angola and it looks like it’s going to be a big one!
Sightings have been on fire this month, especially with our big cats! Two female leopards were spotted several times, mostly resting on trees but also seen hunting.
Also to follow up on the cheetah action last month, two females were seen hunting on the floodplains, and a single female was spotted resting. No cubs were seen so we don’t know the fate of the little ones.
Concerning lions, two different groups were seen this month. The Eastern Pride was spotted a few times, with the females and cubs playing around and feeding, and even climbing up a tree! The four young males that settled in this area a few months back, now named the Vumbura Boys, were seen hunting buffalo and chasing a female off a kill.
Elephants have been providing the usual action, and sightings of sable have been delighting our guests. On one morning one of our groups managed to watch 10 hyaenas feeding on a buffalo kill, a very unusual sighting to see these animals in such big numbers!
To round it all off, one of our guests was lucky enough to spot an otter in camp! This elusive animal leaves plenty of tracks around but is seldom seen, so everyone was very excited to hear about it!
Guests are still enjoying our new camp. Our brand new Land Cruisers are performing well.
As usual, we are experiencing hippos visiting camp every night, and one family of kudu clearly loves our little island as we often see them around. At night it’s also common to spot red lechwe browsing just outside the tents. Baboon numbers have been increasing and the team is keeping a close eye as we don’t want them to be too comfortable around camp. Wild animals should be wild, and not have breakfast in our kitchen every day!
Newsletter compiled by: Nuno Cardoso
Managers in camp: Anton, Laura, Leina, Namie, Nuno
Guides in camp: Gee, Speedy, Willie
Photos by Speedy Senase