Climate and Landscape
As we all know, the month of October is a scorcher and the maximum temperature touched 44° Celsius, with the minimum now up to 23° C. We only had 2mm of rain this month which is not helping us out with the heat; we had loads of threatening sounds in the sky above us and dark clouds all around, but no rain yet. We are hoping for some gentle rain in the next few days to come and settle the dust and cool us down.
The amount of game around camp is amazing, our resident kudu and red lechwe were seen browsing around all the guest tents, entertaining our visitors during their siestas. Mr Angry Bob, the not-so-friendly elephant, hasn’t been around for the last few weeks – BUT he seems to have been replaced by two new younger bulls with equally big attitude! I guess we are in their natural habitat so we do our best to work around these big boys.
Then from big to small, we saw a sneaky little (actually quite big) civet hanging around Tent 4; he is not that relaxed yet but hopefully in the next few weeks we can snap a photo of him.
As always here on the Kwedi Concession, the game has been pumping and everything from our wild dogs to our Vum Boys (four large male lions) was seen often.
Selonyana, a beautiful female leopard, was found with two adorable little cubs; we believe they are a male and a female as one is a little bigger than the other. With a few impala dropping their young, Selonyana grabbed the opportunity with both paws and killed a couple of new-born lambs which she took to her cubs to feed on. Let’s hope they grow up to be strong leopards living on our concession.
Unfortunately we haven’t seen Mma Lebala (one of her cubs from a previous litter) for some time, though her little male cub, now called Scavenger, is hanging in there feeding from scraps left behind. If this little male leopard makes it to adulthood, he will be a machine of an animal.
We were lucky enough to find the usually elusive sable antelope from time to time, from a big herd to a single big bull on his own.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Anton, Laura, Masaka, Namie
Guides: Nas, Madala Kay, Sam
Photos by Nas