Climate and Landscape
Already the first month of the year has come and flown by in the blink of an eye. But what a great month it was.
With no rain for the first part of the month, the temperatures climbed well into the mid-30°s Celsius. Then, halfway through the month the rains finally showed up. The transformation to the bush was immediate and incredible: everything is lush and green.
And with the rain, the temperatures were a lot more tolerable. But we are still far from our annual rainfall numbers, and are looking forward to more much-needed rain over the coming months.
By no means did the rain keep the animals away. We were treated to the two Channel Boys killing a giraffe about three minutes from camp, right next to the road. Giraffe provide more than enough meat and the boys were in no hurry to finish it off. They spent the best part of a week on the kill, stuffing themselves. And with the pan now filled with water, they did not even have to leave the area to drink. What a great sighting.
And then, as if on cue, the local Zib Pack, our resident wild dogs, decided to move into the area around DumaTau, causing quite the stir every time they chased an impala or bushbuck through the parking area or behind the kitchen.
The undoubted highlight of our dog sightings however, was when staff were sitting at their back-of-house dining table enjoying lunch, and the wild dogs chased an impala down the road in their direction. With nowhere for the impala to go, it sought refuge right under their table, with the pack of dogs trying their best to get to him. Luckily the dogs gave up and went on to search for another meal, leaving the impala free to rejoin the rest of his herd.
If this is any hint of the standard of what is to come this year, then we are sure that we’re going to have a fantastic 2018.
From myself, Johan, and our team including Anneri, Gao, Mpho and Masaka, and guides Mocks, Godfrey, Rogers, and BK – until next time