Tubu Tree - April 2018

Apr 20, 2018 Tubu Tree Camp, Little Tubu
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Climate and Landscape
The rainy season is definitely over! We only received 2mm of rain in the first week of the month and from then on we had lovely weather throughout April. The average minimum temperature for the month was 19° Celsius, reaching a maximum of 29° C. Our hottest day this month reached 30° C. Guests really enjoyed the warm days and the cooler nights this month.

The month of April was another spectacular month for wildlife sightings at Tubu Tree Camp. This month is a transitional time for the weather and landscape, but has had no effect on the amount and diversity of wildlife seen by all of our guests. If anything, it seemed to increase the chance of guests seeing their favourite African animal!

By the end of this month it became clear that winter is knocking on our door. During the day the temperatures are still nice and warm but by the end of the month guests pulled their chairs just that bit closer to the campfire, where we always enjoy a drink before dinner, and the extra warm blankets provided in our guest tents were pulled out for the first time in months, to create some much-needed extra warmth during the colder nights.

The landscape across the Jao Reserve is changing as well. The long-awaited Angolan waters, which fill the floodplains and make the Okavango Delta such a unique place, have arrived! Although, compared to our more easterly camps on the reserve, it will take a bit more time before the floodplains and the channels around us on Hunda Island are filled with water, the levels are rising and it won’t be long before we will see the water in front or our main areas at Tubu Tree and Little Tubu camps.

Wildlife
These changes in the weather and water levels have an effect on the wildlife seen by our guests. The water pushes many herbivores onto the island and in their wake the carnivores follow. Bird lovers enjoyed seeing both our feathered summer guests as well as our year-long residents. By the end of the month even big flocks of water birds were seen flying past our main areas. The waters – and winter – are coming!

Guests have seen groups of up 40 elephant, 100 buffalo and 50 giraffe feeding, while the number of impala and wildebeest seen are increasing rapidly as well. Even the first herds of red lechwe, a semi-aquatic antelope and the symbol animal of our reserve, have been seen for the first time in months.

This increase of game triggered the carnivores in the area to follow suit. Guests were regularly treated to some very exciting sightings of lions, lionesses, leopards and wild dogs. Lions were seen chasing wildebeest while one group of guests was just in time to see wild dogs feast on a sub-adult female kudu. The highlight for most of our guests this month though was a leopard and her two adorable cubs playing at their den just outside our camp.

Birds and Birding
With winter fast approaching, April was the last month to see the birds that pay the Delta a visit during our hotter summer months. Bee-eaters and kingfishers that will soon migrate north for the winter months were still flying around our camp and the reserve.

With the water coming in the first flocks of water birds were seen flying over our floodplain in front of camp. Groups of wattled cranes and spur-winged geese have established their spots on our island for the coming months, a promising sign for some truly picture-perfect moments.

April, as a transitional month, was already a great month for wildlife sightings at Tubu Tree, but with the coming of the waters and winter, we are sure that over the next few months we will be in for extraordinary treats!

Staff in Camp
Managers: Andriana Botes, Pierre Cronje, Marius Neuhoff, Piet Hein Stutterheim, Boitumelo Badubi, Ntebo Sono, Pretty Moncho

Guides: Kambango Sinimbo, Kelebogile “KB” Lesotho, Mosenyegi “Luckson” Moriri, Kelebeng “Steve” Mahupe, Maaipa Tekanyetso, Seretse Xaeko                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

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