Climate and Landscape
We had a very mild month at Pelo Camp. The days were almost cool, but the presence of humidity kept the ‘real feel’ mild to warm. With the continual build-up of thunderstorms (almost every day) there was very little direct sunshine and the partial cloud canopy provided some shade for our daily camp goings-on. This month the minimum temperature bottomed out at 17° Celsius and topped out at 33° C; the daily average a very mild 25° C.
In the last two weeks of February there were thunderstorms on 11 of the 14 days and the precipitation for the month totalled some 185 mm. Very few days had heavy downpours with the majority experiencing light rain. In the evenings where we could watch the sun set, we appreciated how the storms had brought us not just the gift of rain, but also the spectacular light that is a feature of Okavango sunsets over the water.
We have had the good fortune of a Pel’s fishing-owl breeding pair taking up residence in a sycamore fig tree which is actually an integral part of one of our guest tents’ views. When we approach slowly and quietly they stay put, but the best practice is to wait them out. At night we hear them calling to each other.
Pelo is closed for the summer season. During this time the majority of staff helped out at other camps on the Jao Concession while Pelo itself is run by a skeleton staff. Some repairs have been undertaken during this time as there were no guests to disturb.
Our arrivals from the airstrip have changed from November when we would drive closer to camp, leave the vehicles at Pelo Corner Jetty and take a short boat ride across to camp. We have just recently moved our pickup and utility vehicles to Nkwe Jetty, a short drive from the airstrip. This change produces a longer, more scenic boat ride into camp.
Staff in Camp
Relief Managers: Jacques Bester and Nadia BothaGuides: n/a