Climate and Landscape
The temperatures in August are a clue that we are slowly but surely heading to a special time of the year again, namely summer. The minimum temperature started at 12° Celsius with the maximum reaching 27° C degrees on occasion. The month of August is also known to be windy and we were not disappointed here in the Delta.
The Okavango Delta is world-famous for its biodiversity and this month wildlife sightings were particularly amazing, especially visuals of more elusive species like wild dog, sable antelope and cheetah, which are rare and always thrilling to find. A female cheetah with her three cubs was spotted frequently around the Vumbura Airstrip. These are also all species that need to be protected for future generations.
The Four Brothers coalition of lions was seen around all our camps on the Kwedi Concession. Most recently they were seen around Kgokong Loop and along Mbishi Road with their bellies full. Earlier this month, they were spotted mating with two lionesses from the Kubu Pride. Their roaring was heard several times too, enthralling our guests with their nighttime calling.
Leopard sightings were simply awesome this month. Our resident Vumbura leopards, like Selonyana, Naledi, and MmaLebala with her cubs, were all seen climbing up into trees, on hunting missions, in the woodlands as well as chasing impala on the open plains.
The water level is dropping and big herds of elephant and buffalo were seen frequently with young ones, foraging and heading to the waterholes. The guests had great times watching them as they drank from the main channels and other water catchment areas.
We set up a number of wow activities to entertain guests in our pristine environment this month; most notably we spoiled one particular group with a magic bush brunch setup at Data Island. They really had fun and came back to camp with wide smiles on their faces.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Laura, Anton, Namie and Naledi
Guide: Madala Kay, Nas, Gee and Sam
Newsletter compiled by Oscar