Climate and Landscape
As we bade farewell to our winter along the Savute Channel we had some very pleasant and comfortable days and nights. Overall the last chilly month of the year was great; the chill brought us together around the fire in the evenings while the sun that warmed the afternoons made our plunge pool ever so welcoming.
The Savute Channel itself has neither dried nor filled up and the water levels were pretty much the same throughout the month of August. Along the front of our guest tents we have a few active fish-eagle nests, with the birds seen scouting for prey from the top of a dead knobthorn across the river.
The Channel females with their five cubs… we are thinking of calling them the Savuti Pride! They are very territorial and I am not exaggerating when I say all our guests in August saw this pride of seven. The young cubs are very healthy with four confirmed males and one female. There was one heartwarming moment when a cub lost sight of the females and the other cubs for two days. Then one hazy morning the two females were seen calling together tirelessly until from a distance the cub came running; we had the biggest collective sigh of relief ever for our felines.
Three different dog packs traversed the Linyanti Concession during August, with one of the pack’s alpha females looking heavily pregnant and about to drop a litter. This she eventually did but the challenge was to find the actual den site. Then one morning Goodman came across the same pack with two puppies that were obviously too young to leave the den yet. This left us wondering what could have caused this unfortunate situation for these now vulnerable dogs. Added to this concern was the obvious hyaena, leopard and lion activity in and around the area where the dogs were seen.
It’s difficult to believe it until seen with your own eyes, but the number of elephant in and around the Savute Channel at this time of year is incredible, and it only gets better. From the comfort of our dining area we saw close to 200 elephants in one day coming down for a drink and enjoying the nutritious roots of the aquatic vegetation found along the channel.
On another occasion a herd of buffalo, similar in number, came grazing past camp, easily viewed from the shady pool lounge, the natural wood bar or from under the main area thatch… which ever location was preferred.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Neuman Vasco, Rauve Vermaak-Vasco, Naledi Kedikilwe, Julia Ntemogang
Guides: Goodman Ndlovu, Ilaki Jagile, Nthopang Xani, Sethako Twiimone