Climate and Landscape
The weather this month was varied, with the start of the month already quite hot, and only getting hotter towards the middle of the month. At the end of the month it became cooler with wind as we waited for the rains to come.
With the water receding and the levels so low, our guests had the good fortune to see sitatunga on almost every activity. We even saw them feeding across the water from us while sitting having breakfast in camp. Our guests were also delighted to see hippo as well as sunbathing crocodiles on the sand banks that have now emerged. Elephant were regular visitors in camp, landscaping the scenery for us.
Birds and Birding
This month was a birder’s paradise at Pelo, with a lot of the summer migrant birds returning, and breeding season starting. Our guests had the chance to spot flamingos flying overhead as these beautiful birds headed north on their annual migration.
The resident Pel’s fishing-owls were heard calling and guests saw the whole family: mom, dad and the juvenile, all in the same place. We were even lucky enough to see brown fire-finches without them flying off, as well as a Dickinson’s kestrel enjoying the morning sun.
While looking for deeper water to the north of Pelo, we were extremely fortunate to find a breeding colony of African skimmers as well as their eggs, which even some of the experienced guides had not seen before.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Geoff and Carla Gillwald
Guides: Moruti Maipelo, David Mapodise and Samuel Motswai