Climate and Landscape
This month was very cold, with some rather chilly early mornings and evenings, leaving guests and guides alike rubbing their hands together and stamping their feet. The good news is that daylight is lingering on the edge of the swamps as the sun sets later every day – summer is definitely on its way!
The water level is dropping daily as the inundation recedes until next season.
We are very fortunate to have an incredible number of elephants on the island at the moment. They put on quite a display, head-butting palms in their never-ending quest for palm nuts. Watching these majestic creatures wade through the channels is a sight of which we never tire.
Jack, our resident elephant bull, has been a regular feature and we saw him every day.
The Pel’s fishing-owl chick has moved to the quieter side of the island – possibly in an effort to escape palm-butting elephants – and we didn’t see much of him.
It is mating season for the hippo, and they keep us awake all night. Hippo males can weigh as much as double the females, and so they often end up holding their partners underwater. Needless to say, the females struggle to get free to reach the surface to take a breath!
The hyaena have also been calling incessantly, and their strange laughter permeates our evenings.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Paula Richter and Pierre Douglas
Guides: Moruti Maipelo and David Mapodise