Climate and Landscape
October is the start of summer here in the Delta and brings with it some very hot and humid days as we wait for the rains to start. But before then we have amazing sunsets with clouds and smoke from fires set in the cattle posts that are on the edge of the Delta, filling the horizon and making for great photos as the big red ball sets and the sky looks as though it’s alight.
At the end of October the rains started and it is a breath of fresh air as the weather cools from the typical heat of October.
This month was amazing for sightings and guests were spoilt with fabulous sightings of sitatunga, lesser jacana and African skimmers, along with majestic wading saddle-billed storks looking for fish and frogs in the shallow areas.
This time of the year before the rains come is definitely baby season, and we see animal young everywhere – from adorable fluffy lechwe to mighty elephant babies who don’t know what their trunks are for yet.
The heat of October can cause tension between elephants as they all want to stand in the shade of one tree; normally the naughty two-year-olds are on the outskirts of the shade and will pick on anyone that comes near them – this all makes for some great photos as they clearly are telling each other off.
With elephants eating their fill before moving off to follow the water (fascinating fact: elephant eat for almost 20 hours a day), they still need to find time to sleep. And when siesta time is next to the camp solar panels, as great as that is, it makes for a tough time when we have to check the panels.
While the death of a baby elephant is unfortunate, when one took place near Pelo, we had a lot of activity including crocodiles feeding and vultures gliding in their unforgettable spirals, soaring on the warm air rising from the earth as they took advantage of the windfall.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Geoff and Carla Gillwald
Guides:Moruti Maipelo, Samuel Motswai