Climate and Landscape
December’s weather was a mixture of hot and wet, with the maximum temperature going over 40° C on occasion. However, we also had almost 50 mm of rain which cooled everything down just a bit.
The snakes come out to play at this time of the year. We saw around seven black mambas, three of them over two metres long! Also a few fat pythons of 1.5 metres and more. We welcome the pythons with open arms as they eat the rats on the island but we are careful of the mambas.
There were no elephant on the island for the entire month, and we are actually starting to miss our big friends. However, elephant were plentiful around the Kwedi Concession in general with mega herds seen all over the place… one herd of up to 200 including infants.
The Vum Boys have been around but only three of them are sticking together as the fourth brother is following the ladies. One lioness has three new little cubs that we hope are females and we now suspect the other lioness might be pregnant as well.
The big pack of wild dogs was seen around our area a few times this month which is always great. Big herds of sable and a few lone bulls were also seen.
One of our boat captains, Tom, took a few guests on a fishing trip; no fish were caught but they had two sightings of sitatunga as well as huge crocs. Everyone always loves going out on the boat.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Anton, Laura, Rachel, Namie
Guides: Gee, Sam
Newsletter compiled by Anton Geyer
Photos by Speedy Senase