Climate and Landscape
Legadema! Thunder! A prehistoric roar from the parched throat of Mother Earth… bloated clouds! Desperate droplets kicking up small puffs of dust as they hit the baked surface surrounding the Savute Channel. It is a wondrous spectacle to watch the lightning play across the horizon, leaving streaks of blue-white scars slashing and ripping across a brilliantly-coloured sky.
December’s weather was mostly forgiving with pleasant days and just a few panting hot ones, with thundershowers in the late afternoons and dark early mornings.
Even with the beautiful displays and rainfall the Savute Channel still dropped somewhat, leaving a great part of it that runs in front of camp shallow and more suitable for day water lilies, the effect of which is magnificent: plates of green pads and white lilies fringe the entire channel giving the lounge, dining and bar areas an almost surreal and magical view. Kingfishers and drongos dash about feasting on the aquatic insects and fish now stuck in the shallow pools; a very persistent Levaillant’s cuckoo is heard serenading any passers-by like clockwork every day.
Apart from the smaller creatures and sights which captivated our imaginations and spirits over the Christmas period, there were also the Channel Pride females and their five nefarious-looking cubs to entertain us with their antics. We watched on endless occasions how the two feline mothers hunted with the cubs close by, the youngsters supposedly instructed to stay hidden and silent – though never the case, given their gregarious nature. One lioness would crouch and lie in wait while the other stalked from the opposite direction… only to have the young ones come marching straight out in the open towards the prey, giving away their presence. You could almost see the exasperation as the mothers would get up, round them up slowly and retreat back in to the bush.
With Christmas being celebrated during this captivating month we decided to do something a little bit different and hand-make all our decorations – from little golden animals to full-on origami trees, with everyone pitching in and sharing ideas. The result was a beautiful mix of modern and classic ideas blending in well with the environment and décor of this little gem of a camp. Guests celebrated Christmas under the stars with great stories shared and even more beautiful memories made.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Neuman Vasco, Rauve Vasco, Gosege “Gee” Banda, Ali Molapong, Julia Ntemogang
Guides: Setlako “ST” Twimone, Ilaki “Lucky” Jagile, Onkabetse “Onx” Mothupi