Climate and Landscape
The first two weeks of March saw rain that made our guests wonder if they’d even see an impala. Indeed, with the rising water levels of the Savute Channel, the annual movement of the famous Channel Pride shifted from along the channel to disperse into the bush in search for prey. It made us wonder if they shouldn’t be renamed the Bush Pride. Undeterred however, our enthusiastic guides tracked them with determination, resulting in a discovery of new nomadic male lions.
These nomads were seen often in the area, and it is suspected that they have migrated from the Linyanti Tented Camp area. That is how far and wide a male lion will travel for a bite to eat. However, the move could also be attributed to a territorial expansion, and trying to pick a fight with the Channel Boys… because “boys will be boys.”
The female lions with their five cubs, as well as an ostrich, were spotted on a day when the guide had three young boys on his vehicle. The boys celebrated their amazing day fishing and drinking in the wisdom of their guide who took the opportunity to teach them about the bush.
A beautiful leopard and her eight-month-old cub were spotted along the airstrip road, feeding on an impala. I just have to say… what a wonderful sighting!
After days of the guides struggling to find wildlife, and with highly expectant guests, a guide at DumaTau called to alert his colleagues of a nearby leopard sighting. Arriving at the spot, the Savuti guide was able to show his guests a female leopard, and they were over the moon with joy. Driving just a short distance away to celebrate this amazing discovery, they encountered the leopard’s cub walking with purpose towards its mother. Family bonds were reconnected! We wondered if it was the same leopard and cub seen along the airstrip road. I am still in awe.
Closer to home in camp, our guest feedback has been amazing. Especially with the new menu changes, from which our guests were continually asking for recipes. We are also thrilled to note that the list of repeat guests keeps growing. We believe this unquestionably reflects the amazing level of professionalism that prevails in camp – and out, from our guides to wildlife to scenic wonders of this area.
Well done, team Savuti!