Little Vumbura - July 2017

Jul 4, 2017 Little Vumbura
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Climate and Landscape
Still a little chilly out here with temperatures in the low 20 degrees Celsius, but the sunshine during the day is just lovely! It’s a wonderful time of year, with very few bugs and beautiful clear skies for star gazing in the evening.

The water that came down from Angola seems to have gone straight past us in the blink of an eye! Our new Land Cruisers have made it through their first inundation with the water levels now dropping back down, and opening up more roads for us to access again.

Wildlife
If you thought we were joking about those lions climbing trees last month take a look here… Not quite as agile and elegant as a leopard but still very determined to get up high into the tops of this sausage tree!

One of our resident leopards, Malebala, has just made herself at home with her two beautiful little cubs; one adventurous one and one that is still a little shy. The viewing of this family has been wonderful! The cubs are growing so nicely and are so playful when we see them together.

The wild dogs were quiet for a while but we have some exciting news… They have a den close by and those pups are just the cutest! They are only a few months old now so we’ve just started going out to see them and we hope they stick around for a while; looks like the alpha female has a litter of at least 10 pups. These breakaway dogs of the Golden Pack look like they will be increasing in number soon.

Around Camp
Seems as though Bob the elephant has made himself at home; he has become a part of the furniture so let’s talk about our other giants… the hippo! Huge pods of up to 18 or 20 hippo are enjoying their lives in the lagoons around us. The best part of being on an island is the boat cruise to get to camp; you’re guaranteed to see these big creatures daily and may be lucky enough to see the cute little young ones popping out of the water once in a while too.

Staff in Camp
Managers: Anton, Laura, Masaka, Leina Guides: Speedy, Nas, Madala Kay, Gee

Newsletter compiled by Laura Moschini Photos by Golaotsemang (Speedy) Senase

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