The Place of Plenty did not disappoint in December. The last month of the year was fantastic and we loved every last minute of it.
Climate and Landscape
The month was relatively dry with not much rain falling compared to previous Decembers. We had some welcome Christmas rain which brought down the temperature slightly in an otherwise hot month. Evening cloud build up against the setting sun created some incredible vistas and backdrops.
Game activity in the Mombo area is truly phenomenal. It really lives up to its reputation as one of the best wildlife destinations in Africa. Most of the water in the natural pans has dwindled due to the lack of rain and this created wildlife hotspots all fighting to get the last of the available resource.
Most of Africa’s large predators were seen this month: hyaena, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog.
Our resident leopard, Pula, and her cub Marothodi gave us hours of magical viewing as we watched Marothodi hunt and kill an African wild cat.
General game was also consistently good with large numbers of giraffe congregating between the camp and the airstrip to feed on fresh leaves.
Rhino, both black and white, were regularly sighted, and we spent quality time with three very relaxed white rhinos on the last day of the year. What a way to end 2017.
The Christmas rain brought out a plethora of frogs, adding a whole new dimension to game viewing. One of my favourite species is the giant African bullfrog, one of 36 species of amphibians found in northern Botswana.
This time of the year also brings out some interesting insects: a living jewel of the insect world is the emerald fruit chaffer, a large beautifully-coloured beetle.
We celebrated the festive season in style with guests enjoying both Mombo’s Christmas festivities and New Year’s Eve party.
Happy New Year to you all and we hope 2018 fulfils all your dreams.
Regards, Nick and the Mombo Team
All photos © Nick Leuenberger