Climate and Landscape
Due to heavy downpours as a result of Tropical Cyclone Dineo we saw a very rapid increase in water in the Okavango Delta. Our Xigera boats now easily traverse the length and breadth of the Delta again after we had experienced decreased water levels from last year’s low inflow. The sandbanks in the channels are covered again and the grasses have started floating again, very good signs that the Delta is coming alive.
The temperatures have shown that we are quickly going into winter as we recorded maximum highs in the range of 27° Celsius with the minimums starting to drop to 20 ° C. The air is moist as there is dew and mist in the mornings, the grasses are wet in the mornings too and the wind is thin and cold.
We have had very regular sightings of lion in the area; the pride comprises nine lions including four adult females, three sub-adult males and two juveniles. They inhabit the area in and around the Xigera airstrip and the islands in that vicinity. Impala and red lechwe sense their danger and are alert but the warthogs have often turned into afternoon snacks.
Leopard sightings were very consistent too with a big male that usually comes on to Paradise Island being seen frequently in the late evenings; though when it leaves the island we never know.
The elephants are starting to be seen in the floodplains, foraging on the palatable riverine vegetation as well as bathing. There is a bull that comes around and feeds in and around Xigera Camp
Birding has been good, and we believe it will be even better with the water levels rising and the passage across the main channel to the birds’ island opening soon. Baboons and monkeys are always showing off to our guests here in camp while the apparently resident Pel’s fishing-owl is seen around more often than not.
We are thrilled to be able to offer our amazing mokoro experiences, boat cruises and game drives so early in the season.
Staff in Camp
Managers in Camp: Quest, Malaki, Adrian, OB and Alice Guides in Camp: Lesh, Onks, Kitso, Wise and MP
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