The weather was very pleasant with a few thunderstorms this month at Pelo. Black clouds sprawled across the sky, billowing from the east. On the 9th of the month, the first drops of rain fell, and the thunder was only seconds behind. We loved to hear the pitter-patter of the rain on the roof while flashes of lightning illuminated the sky. The dry earth enjoyed a total of 60 mm that afternoon.
Dawn sends shimmering rays over the Delta as the sun turns the sky gold, while the sunsets at Pelo never disappoint. As the sun sinks lower, giving away to the velvety dark of night, all that can be heard is the choir of the reed frogs.
African fish-eagles are seen in front of Pelo Camp perched majestically on their branches, their white upper body and tail, chestnut belly and the black wings standing out in stark contrast against the vegetation.
A great variety of birds was seen this month close to camp, creating a list that would make any keen birder very envious. The list included malachite kingfisher, lilac-breasted roller, black egret, kori bustard, bee-eaters and sacred ibis. The openbill storks and saddle-billed storks enjoyed their “catch of the day” by the pool area.
Elusive sitatunga were spotted close to camp too; a must-see for all visitors. A lot of hippo activity took place in camp at night time. The hippos have been enjoying the short grasses and were seen walking and grazing throughout the camp and marking their territories.
The flame lily was in full bloom in camp, identified by its red and yellow colouration. Not to be outdone, the water lilies showed off their beautiful white, pink and purple colours.
Staff in Camp
Camp Managers: Charl Bergh and Tania Weitsz
Guide: Timothy Ntukwa