Pelo Camp - March 2107

Mar 5, 2017 Pelo Camp
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Climate and Landscape
The rain has eased up a bit at Pelo. After a very wet January, with over 500 mm falling, and a rather drippy February, we last had rain at the beginning of March – and the general whispers that I hear say “winter is coming…”

The water level rose steadily in the first two weeks of March, but once the rain dissipated, the levels slowly dropped again. We are all waiting with bated breath for the Delta waters to start coming in!

Wildlife
We are very fortunate to have the Pel’s fishing-owl nesting on our island again this year! We have been keeping a close eye on mom and the eggs, and last week we were very happy to discover that the first egg has hatched. We are looking forward to watching what, at the moment, is just a ball of fluff transform into a stealthy predator. The nest is just in front of Tent 4 and so all the lucky guests staying in that room get to see the Pel’s fishing-owls every day, going about their business of raising a chick.

A pair of black-collared barbets has also chosen to nest right above our front-of-house deck. We have watched as they attentively raised their chick, which is now big enough to come out of the nest and demand to be fed.

March has also seen the return of the elephants to Pelo! They wandered off when the water receded at the end of last year; however, Jack, as we have affectionately named the elephant bull, has come home in anticipation of the palm nuts ripening.

We have also been lucky enough to spot a Cape clawless otter swimming in the lagoon just in front of our deck most mornings this month.

Staff in Camp
Camp Managers: Paula Richter and Pierre Douglas
Guides:Rasta Taetso, David Mapodise

 

 

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