Africa with Wilderness Safaris
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Explorations with Wilderness Safaris
Climate and Landscape
We had a thunderous welcome to 2018, and the electrical storms which have been sorely missed up to now were most welcome this month at Savuti. The month kicked off with some late afternoon thunderstorms that gave way to brilliantly-coloured sunsets. The vegetation has become vivid green and the days were rather cool with the occasional overcast sky sprinkled in.
We saw in the New Year with song and dance, and with the most amazing guests in camp we pulled an all-nighter with the soft undertones of guitar and bell frogs making the ideal harmonious soundtrack for a prosperous start to the New Year.
The Channel basadi (Females) and ever-nefarious Channel Boys are doing really well, with their five cubs having made it over the one-year mark – a feat in itself, as the mortality rate for lions is not stacked in their favour. With four males and one female, one can only wonder what the future will hold for this little family, as most probably the young female will stay with her two moms but the boys will be chased off. When the males reach an age of about three years, the normal way of the wild is (if they start showing signs of dominance; if not they might be able to stick around a bit longer) that they will be very sternly asked to leave the pride and to hash it out on their own. Whether this involves forming a solo act and separating in all the different directions of the wind, or going out into the world in a forceful, safer coalition, only time will tell. One thing is for sure, these cubs have provided us with a very unique and special opportunity to share their first year of life – from little balls of blind and spotted fluff to the very curious and downright naughty, oversized-paw hunting-spoilers they are now.
Birds and Birding
Besides all the amazing lion fun we have had this month we have also had amazing bird sightings, with the carmine bee-eaters making every game drive a chapter out of a fairy tale. They literally come sweeping down around the vehicle and fly so close that you could stretch out and stroke the reds and blues of their feathers. The bee-eaters have learned that the vehicles disturb the insects in the long grass as it hangs over the road after all the rain, and as the vehicle drives along and the insects flee from the 16-inch Land Rover tyres, these little feathered gems swoop in and gather the spoils.
We also did a bit of work on our bar and revamped the entire look. As a company that believes in recycling and having a light eco-footprint, we used the opportunity to build the entire bar from recycled wood and pieces of copper that came from the old Mombo bar. The result is an amazing piece of Wilderness history that tells stories of the old Zib Hide, as well as the good times that were had around the legendary Mombo bar. We hope we will have many happy times around its puzzle-work teak top too, enjoying a signature black pepper and grapefruit gin and tonic while the golden sun sets over the still-flowing Savute Channel, waterlilies and papyrus nestled along its banks, the close honk and hoot of a hippo reminding us exactly where we are. We hope to see you all here for drinks soon!
Staff in Camp
Managers: Neuman Vasco, Rauve Vasco, Sally Dhlembue, Julia Ntemogang, Moswang Moghapi (Trainee), Ali Molapong (Trainee)
Guides: Goodman “The G” Ndlovu, Onkabetse “Onx” Motupi, Ntopang “Tops” Nxani