Climate and Landscape
The weather here on Little Vumbura’s island in the Delta has been nothing short of magical.
In the mornings guests enjoyed a first cup of coffee around the fire with the smell of the morning dew pervading their quiet thoughts.
Thereafter they would enjoy the sunrise whilst on a short boat trip over to dry land for their morning game drive adventure. Here the king of jungle would be waking up and the roar of lions in the distance meant the hunt was about to start.
The middle of the day was very hot but guests relaxed on their decks, thanks to our “African air conditioner” (a wet kikoi; when the breeze blows over it, it becomes very cold) watching kudu, red lechwe and elephant roam around camp.
In the late afternoon, after enjoying a delectable high tea, guests appreciated their mokoro activity. Truly, nothing beats sipping on a gin and tonic while gliding over the clear open waters, all the while poled along by one of our local baYei mokoro guides.
The activity in and around camp was nothing short of a magical, creating unforgettable African safari memories for guests who were part of it – from Bob the resident elephant causing a morning traffic jam along the walkway because he was still enjoying breakfast, to seeing a leopard with cubs hustling around the big open floodplain, to lions dominating their territory with buffalo kills, to wild dogs trying to take down a baby giraffe (amazingly, giraffe was the victor that time around).
The climax for sightings around camp was when guests got to see one of the rarest animals in the vast open wilderness – they got to see a pangolin. Yep, a PANGOLIN!
I would say that concludes a quite remarkable and magical month around our island, leaving us all looking forward to whatever amazing moments may lie ahead in the new month. Meanwhile we continue to enjoy our every mystical moment in the bush, especially as we celebrate Botswana’s 51st year of independence – PULA!
Staff in Camp
Managers: Colleen, Masaka, Namie, Poppy, Rachel, Taps
Guides: Kay, Nas, Gee, Sam
Newsletter compiled and written by Colleen Kern, Relief General Manager