Climate and Landscape
The most welcome season for all creatures living in the Linyanti is surely the rainy season. Animals are no longer starving or having to walk long distances looking for water. Looking up at the sky we see pitch-black clouds and pick up the scent of rain, and this tells us a new season has begun. Some areas of the concession have already received up to 30 mm and more of rain, and DumaTau is looking very green and beautiful.
Seeing the vivid red fireball lilies dotted across the landscape really makes the area particularly beautiful; added to this are all the impala and warthog babies running around – and all the while the melodious birdsong tells us that now is indeed the best time of year for everyone.
Usually this is the time of year when it is difficult to see game due to the grass being tall and the trees being in leaf after the rain. So it’s been a happy surprise for everyone to note the amazing and unusual sightings we’ve had.
Our pack of 24 wild dogs, known as the Zib Pack, has shown up time and again within the camp area, while the Channel Boys have been patrolling their channel and roaring all night, making sure no intruders encroach on their territory.
Our wildlife highlight this month was an encounter with the well-known dominant male leopard of this area, Rra Ma-K; he was seen at Tent One by guests during their siesta time, passing right in front of them. Our mini-radio unexpectedly sprang to life, calling “Hello…hello…hello…!” We immediately rushed to the guests’ tent, but by the time we got there we saw only the pictures that they had taken, showing us what they were calling us for. Rra Ma-K had disappeared into the nearby feverberry thicket.
What an incredible December we had, and here’s to an amazing 2018 from the DumaTau team!
Staff in Camp
Managers: Bonno, Nuno, Gao, Leshley, Kem
Guides: Godfrey, Mocks, Ban, BK