Savuti Camp - July 2017

Jul 18, 2017 Savuti Camp
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Climate and Landscape
A shift in weather has surely been recognised along the channel with the early morning breeze bringing temperatures down to as little as 8° Celsius, though the afternoons head up to a comfortable 36° C! This makes the evening camp fires very inviting and the early morning breakfast around the fire an experience we have all enjoyed.

It would seem the annual push from major tributaries up north has finally reached the Savute Channel, as we have seen water inching forward along the watercourse, especially into the lower-lying backflow areas. Despite this, the level in front of Savuti Camp has remained constant.

Wildlife
After spending so much time apart the coalition of two, the Channel Boys, met up towards the end of the month – and what an emotional encounter as the two brothers greeted each other. On occasion they were seen together with the Western Channel Pride of two females with their five cubs, the females showing some displeasure at their absence. These two females have done really well and all five of their cubs are looking really healthy. With the herds of buffalo and zebra increasing in frequency along the river the cubs have been fed well.

A rather rare sighting thus far has been a male cheetah that walked through camp one morning! We jumped in the vehicle and followed… although mostly driving through the bush meant we were able to get a better view than any pictures of the feline! He was also seen a second time trying his luck with some impala quite close to camp. With the increased lion activity around camp we believe this lone male has retreated to the mopane, and is keeping a safe distance from the prides.

We have also come to know a spot along the channel where bateleur eagles come down for a drink; what a spectacular sight this colourful prey bird is with its reflection in the water… cheers to that!

Elephants in their numbers frequented the riverside for a drink or found a muddy spot to bath. General game was also prolific on drives upstream towards the mouth of the river, with big crocodiles also seen basking in the winter sun.

Staff in Camp
Managers: Neuman Vasco, Rauve Vermaak-Vasco, Mpho Nyame, Lady Segonono,
Guides: Goodman Ndlovu, Onkabetse Mothupi, Nthopang Xani

 

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