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Monthly update from Jao
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Turtle news from Rocktail
Bay in South Africa.
Monthly Dive report from Rocktail
Bay in South Africa.
Monthly update from Serra
Cafema Camp in
Taking time to see Ostriches in Namibia.
Take a look at Super Predators in Namibia.
Safaris Updates - February 2007
Wilderness Safaris enters South
Safaris’ newest camp is in
Luangwa National Park,
one of Africa’s finest wildlife
sanctuaries. It is here that walking
safaris were pioneered in the 1950s
and the variety of habitats, from
the cool hills of the Muchinga
Escarpment to the spectacular oxbow
lagoons and open sandbanks of the
Luangwa River, support one of the
most diverse and concentrated populations
of wild animals in the world.
Wilderness Safaris’ new Kalamu
Tented Camp is situated in the
Luamfwa area in the southern section
of the South Luangwa. One of the
most remote areas in the Park, the
Luamfwa is a true wilderness location,
with incredible species diversity
and endemics such as the Thornicroft’s
giraffe. Kalamu is a traditional Zambian
Classic camp, accommodating six
guests and located on the banks of
the South Luangwa River. South Luangwa
is considered the premier walking
destination in southern Africa, so
walking safaris are a must here.
A private airstrip ensures easy access.
Zambia camps - Dates of operation
The operating dates for Wilderness Safaris'
Zambia camps for the 2007 season are as follows:
1 May – Shumba
Camp and Lunga
River Lodge open.
1 June – Busanga
Bush Camp and Kapinga
1 July – Lufupa open
30 November – Kapinga, Busanga Bush
Camp and Lunga River Lodge close
3 January 2008 – Shumba and Lufupa
Kapinga and Busanga Bush
Camps, previously 6-bedded camps have
opened to full capacity of 8-bedded camps – and
provide a discount for sole use, meaning
that when there are 8 guests taking sole
use of the camp, they will receive a
special rate and pay only for 6 guests.
In the South Luangwa National Park, Kalamu
Tented Camp will be celebrating its opening
with a special introductory offer for all
new bookings for this year.
New Zambia Exploration Safari
The rivers of the Kafue National Park just
beg to be explored, so we’re thrilled
to announce a new Exploration safari that
does just that. "Kafue’s Rivers
and Plains" is a Discoverer Exploration
that takes in the Kafue, Lufupa and Lunga
rivers along with the Busanga Plains through
which these tributaries of the Kafue River
Fantastic wildlife sightings
in this enormous and underdeveloped pristine
wilderness area include an impressive
variety of plains game as well as lion,
leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo and
hippo. In addition, the Kafue conserves
some species of special interest including
sable, roan, puku, the diminutive oribi,
and, incredibly, lechwe in their thousands.
Accommodation for the 7-night, 8-day Exploration
is in Lufupa Camp, Musanza Tented Camp and
Lunga River Lodge.
Club and Simonga Village was honoured
to receive a visit from the United States
ambassador to Zambia, Carmen Martinez.
This occurred after Peter Jones met the
Ambassador at a meeting in Livingstone
concerning the US President's emergency
plan for AIDS relief in Zambia. During
her busy schedule the Ambassador was
met by the head of Simonga Village, Inonge
Imosho, and a group of cheerful singing
schoolchildren from the local school
at the proposed site of the Simonga health
post. The children had coloured in American
flags which they waved enthusiastically
The Ambassador toured
the site and learnt of the progress that
has been made and of the funding that
The River Club had raised so far. She
went on to tour two other projects run
by The River Club in Simonga, namely
the water project, supplying 50,000 litres
of clean water each day to the villagers,
and to one of the Elephant Pepper Project
The ambassador with her
husband and her staff later had an informal
lunch at The River Club where they learned
about other social development projects
that the lodge has undertaken and hoped
that there might be scope for future
work together in the medical effort against
A matter of urgency
Globally sea turtles
are in trouble. Adults are
killed, nests are plundered
and in the Pacific, they are
all but extinct. Africa's west
coast is now assuming an important,
possibly critical, role as
an area of sea turtle development,
nesting and an area of rich
feeding opportunities. However,
very little is known about
sea turtle ecology in this
vast region and any snippets
of information that can be
gleaned are important in developing
an overall understanding of
these creatures in that area
and for future conservation.
Off the Namibian coastline, various
species of sea turtles - notably leatherbacks,
loggerheads and green turtles - are regularly
sighted, feeding and very occasionally
beaching for short periods.
A leatherback turtle off Walvis Bay,
Huge jellyfish swarms off the Namibian
coast have recently been associated with
large numbers of leatherback turtles
and sightings from Rocky Point in the
north, to Sylvia Hill in the south, have
been made. A handful of dead leatherbacks
have also washed up on the Namibian coastline
and most appear to have died from ingesting
plastic or rubber which obstructs their
Of particular interest is that no sea
turtles have ever been recorded to nest
on Namibian beaches. The reason for this
is unknown but it is of particular significance
that just north of the Kunene mouth,
turtles annually accumulate and nest
on Angolan beaches. Nesting generally
starts in late October and continues
through January. Green turtles are usually
the first to come up onto the beach followed
by loggerhead and leatherbacks. Nests
can be quite densely situated with more
than a thousand in a six-kilometre stretch
Fishermen butcher a green turtle just
north of the Kunene Mouth
On the nesting beaches they are particularly
vulnerable to slaughter by local fishermen.
Nests are also frequently plundered by
humans. All in all, from the point of
view of conservation and ecology, cooperation
between Namibia and Angola becomes vital.
To this end, Wilderness Safaris has started
a conservation initiative combining both
countries with the aim of securing nesting
beaches in southern Angola and monitoring
feeding and development in Namibian waters.
The project is in its
infancy but great strides have been
made in securing at least one beach
in southern Angola and consolidating
data regarding sea turtles in Namibian
waters. One current conservation drive
is to initiate the use of Sefofane
aircraft for the sighting and recording
of turtles on regular scheduled scenic
flights and to identify nesting beaches.
An airborne "Enviro-watch" such
as this will significantly add to the
conservation drive. Besides the turtles
themselves, they are important indicators
of ocean health and are rapid indicators
of change in the ocean environment. For
these reasons it becomes increasingly
important we take more notice of these
creatures, and where possible, include
their monitoring in our daily business.
Newly hatched turtles head for the
sea on a beach in southern Angola
Newsletter by: Conrad Brian
Snare removed from wild dog
Location: Wexau Pan, Hwange
Date: 8 March 2007
Observers: Willem Botha
We had a rather sad incident happening
yesterday. On a pump run the day before
yesterday (to refuel various borehole pumps
across the concession) we spotted a lone
male wild dog lying close to the water
at Wexau Pan. He seemed to be very thin
and injured. Taking a closer look we realised
that he had managed to break free from
a wire snare and had it entangled around
his neck. We also noticed that he had a
radio collar. We went straight back to
camp and tried to contact the Painted Dog
Research team in Dete in the north of Hwange
National Park, to report this case but
to no avail. We later relayed the message
via our Head Office in Victoria Falls.
We went back to Wexau yesterday morning
to see if we could still see him there
to do a follow-up report with the Painted
Dog researchers. At lunch time the team
arrived and we escorted them to where we
last sighted the dog. We could not find
him at first but after using the tracking
device they soon located him and identified
him as dog number 39, part of the Imtshibi
Pack at Hwange Main Camp. His name was
The researchers assessed the situation
and due to his poor condition decided to
remove him to their rehabilitation centre
in Dete. We assisted with everything and
were ecstatic to have been able to help
save one of our most endangered animals!
In situations such as this, and dependent
on the speedy recovery of the animal, the
chances are very good of releasing specific
wild dogs back into their original packs
and we hoped this would be the case with
We received some sad news this morning
however. Beans died yesterday afternoon.
According to the Painted Dog Research team
the injuries were really severe and though
they did what they could to keep him alive
they were unable to save him.
Unusual elephant sighting in Hwange
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (Airstrip
Date: 3 December 2006 (17h38)
Observers: Sacha Toronyi & Tamlyn Kluckow
The pan featured in the below photographs
(Airstrip 2 Pan) is situated along a fossilised
river which runs through Hwange National
Park and all the way into neighbouring
Botswana. It is now grassland and it is
flanked on either side by Teak forest.
The next waterhole from here is 10km away
in either direction along the fossil riverbed.
On an evening game drive, we set up sundowners
close to the pan and observed a herd of
elephants making their way down to drink.
It was a small herd of 12 individuals.
There were five large adult cows with youngsters
of varying ages. The female in the lead
was closely followed by her young calf
of approximately one and a half years old.
As they arrived at the water in a cloud
of dust and our amazement for these large
animals subsided, we observed that the
calf of what appeared to be the matriarchal
cow was different. At first, looking at
its light blue eyes, we thought it was
blind. Then, at taking a closer look we
noticed that the body was mottled pink
- in particular under its belly, front
and back legs, halfway up to the right
hand side eye and up two thirds of its
trunk. The upper section of the trunk had
The young female seemed to interact perfectly
with the rest of the herd and was treated
as an equal by the other youngsters. She
spent most of her time playing, rolling
and splashing in the water with another
young calf of the same age and did not
seem to be stressed or affected by her
condition and carried on like any other
ordinary healthy elephant calf.
According to Dr Ian Whyte,
elephant specialist at South Africa's
Kruger National Park, the young elephant
is indeed partially albino, a condition
that has been noted in a handful of young
elephants in that park. "These have
been young elephants (some very small
babies) and it is not sure what becomes
of them. It seems unlikely that they
would grow darker with age as albinism
is a permanent condition, but these young
albino elephants seem to disappear. There
have been at least two cases recently
(of which I am aware) where such young
albinos have been photographed. They have
not been reported since. No one knows what
becomes of them, though the mothers and
families seem to treat them normally. Perhaps
the albinistic condition does not protect
them adequately from the sun which might
result in some form of mortality related
We'll certainly be keeping our eyes open
and trying to keep track of the fortunes
of this little elephant.
During the same sighting we noticed an
unusually marked elephant bull which also
came down to drink. He had an extensive
v-shaped callous on the upper trunk in
line with the tusks with a flap of skin
protruding from this scarring. In our small
group there was a lot of speculation as
to the cause of this some reasons advanced
including fight injuries or damage from
feeding on trees and so slicing his trunk
open to create an injury or a growth of
some sort. According to Dr Whyte, the fight
injury hypothesis is most likely with the
resultant wounds developing unusually severe
scar tissue. In other words the wounds
on this elephant are most likely to have
come from tusk wounds while sparring with
other young elephants.
River Club has recently added concertina
action screen doors to the chalet fronts.
These allow guests to have their rooms
completely open to the riverine canopy
by day (as was always the case in the past)
or closed in at night in order to prevent
access by insects attracted by the lights.
An extra toilet has been added
to the double storey chalets, a tennis court
and 2km running track through the grounds
of the lodge are all in the works to be completed
by June 2007. As usual The River Club is
also hosting the annual Oxford/Cambridge
Boat Regatta which is planned for 10-16
September this year.
on the vegetable garden at Kulala
Desert Lodge built by OZQUEST and which is slowly proving its worth:
Treated water from an above ground sewerage system is fed into the garden as
a means of watering it in the extremely dry environment in the Namib Desert.
produce not utilized by the camps generates
revenue which is donated to Children in the
Wilderness (Namibia). As this proves successful
OZQUEST are considering building others elsewhere
in Namibia and using it as an example of
the sustainable use of water in the arid
regions of Namibia.
Pafuri Flight update
Sefofane Air Charters has launched a new flight
from Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg to Pafuri
Camp in the Kruger National Park.
The route will be operated four or five
times a week. Daily flights between Pafuri
and Lowveld properties in areas like Sabi
Sands and Timbavati will also be available.
Wilderness Safaris has also introduced
a new Pafuri-Londolozi package.
Camp in Botswana, one of the
existing twin bedrooms has been converted
into a honeymoon room – making
the configuration at this camp 3 honeymoon
and 7 twin rooms.
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North Island Dive Report
- February 07 Jump
February has been a good month
in the water with some nice clear visibility, at times up to
30 metres! The rainy season has also started to abate which has
meant more sunshine above and below the water. Water temperature
has been a balmy 29°C
and we have seen a consistent north-west and north-east wind direction.
With the calm conditions we have started diving
one of our lesser explored spots called "Outer Banks" and have had some
very rewarding diving here. It seems the Nurse Sharks or Giant
Sleepy Sharks have made this area a meeting ground of sorts.
We have had sightings of up to eight different Nurse Sharks from
1 metre up to 3 metres in length! These sharks love to sleep
and don't do much else, hence the name "Sleepy Sharks".
Schools of eight or nine Longtail Ribbontail Stingrays have been
a regular occurrence here as well as many Lionfish all over this
reef and a number of turtle sightings.
The Eagle Rays seem to have made their home
for the summer on the southern beach of North Island called "Petit
Anse. The juveniles have been sighted daily here playing in
the shallows, while the bigger adults have been seen more on
the west side of the island on our local reef diving and snorkelling
Three people took the plunge and were introduced to the underwater
world this month. They had some great dives while completing
their PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water qualifications.
On the fishing side we are seeing many different
species of fish which is promising as we come into the months
of March and April which generally produce some good fishing.
We have had a number of medium-sized Dorado and also a few
fairly big Wahoo and Jobfish. The Billfish still seem to be
very scarce as do the Yellowfin and Dogtooth Tuna. This seems
more and more to be a trend in the inner banks of the Seychelles,
and we can only attribute this scarcity to the number of longline
boats going out of the Mahé harbour.
The weather and sea conditions should get better and better
as we come into March and April, which are renowned for being
two of the best months for diving.
FISH CATCH STATISTICS
TYPE - QUANTITY
Dorado - 4 (average 5 kg)
Bonito - 7 (average 1 kg)
Yellow Fin Tuna - 1 (10kg)
Job Fish - 4 (average 5 kg)
Travelly - 0
Wahoo - 2 (average 8 kg)
Sailfish - 0
Rainbow Runner - 0
Barracuda - 5 (average 6 kg)
update - February 07 Jump
We would like to say a BIG thank you to all those
involved in changing our bar area around. There was a lot of hard
work put into a very short time. It is stunning, and has made an
enormous difference to the feel of the main area. Other renovations
include the sprucing up of the outside and inside showers, as well
the positioning of sliding doors to replace the old doors that
had come to the end of their lives. We look forward to more changes
at DumaTau in the next few months to get this beautiful camp into
tip top shape.
Just when we thought we were not going to get
rain we woke up to very overcast weather today and it rained
for the rest of the day. A couple of other thunderstorms have
given us some exceptional sunsets as well as sunrises, while
water level in front of camp is on the rise. There are lots
of water lilies now and beautiful wildflowers. Minimum average
temperature this month: 20°C.
Maximum average temperature: 29°C. Rainfall so far this season
With so much vegetation in and around camp, who can blame the
family of warthogs for preferring to hang out here than go into
the bush for food, or the troop of baboons who have discovered
the Bird Plum/Brown Ivory fruits and live in camp all day, to
say nothing of the family of banded mongoose who are permanently
somewhere in camp and shouting at staff as we walk past them
on the boardwalks. They have a few babies, nobody has been able
to see how many, but there have also been few fatalities along
the way being so close to the baboons. After dark the camp staff
have had a few heart stopping moments when we have bumped into
the honey badgers that forage around the camp at night. It is
very exciting to see them.
The "Osprey female" leopard has taken
advantage of the resident baboons; the nights resound with
their alarm calls and on more than several occasions, the young
female has joined us for early morning breakfast with her own
kind of snack outside Tent 6.
The most exciting thing so far is how far up
the Savuti Channel the water has gone; it is at "Hippo Bones" already,
and the water is still moving. Perhaps this year it will reach
further than last year? The water birds are incredible, making
this a birder's paradise.
There is not much change in the vegetation and it is still very
thick and green. One of the delights still around is the Carmine
Bee-eaters who, while the game drive vehicles are driving through
all the long grass, fly along with us catching all the insects
that get disturbed by the vehicles. A family of Secretarybirds
can more often than not also be seen hunting in the channel and
the Ground Hornbills are always a treat to find - an exciting
sighting saw one catch a snake. Kori Bustards have still been
giving free rides to the Carmine Bee-eaters while foraging through
the long grass. We have also seen a number of Ostriches around,
although have not seen any chicks as yet. A Gymnogene has been
sighted hunting in the channel as well. We have also seen an
African Skimmer at Zib Lagoon, and a White-headed Vulture at
Rock Pan, which is a special sighting. Lots of White-faced Ducks
and Red-billed Teals are congregating at Hippo Bones. Hippo Pan
is now drying out and we have had awesome sightings of the Marabou
Storks catching frogs. Sharing this pan are some Hottentot Teals.
In general, the game has been very good. We have had fantastic
sightings of the Savuti Boys (male lions) and the Selinda lioness
with her sub-adult cubs which are doing very well. We have also
sighted the Rock Pan Female leopard who has a young cub and we
think she is about 2-3 months old.
We have not seen the cheetah brothers regularly this month,
with only two sightings recorded. The wild dogs (10 adults, 6
sub-adults) have however been sighted and even caught in the
act of killing a female impala! Guests were ecstatic to see that.
On the afternoon of the 27th, both guests in game drive vehicles
and staff got to see five of the wild dogs kill an Impala at
the entrance of the staff village. There was great excitement
as they did not have to go far for an awesome sighting.
We had one sighting of a serval at "Mopane Junction".
Another awesome sighting was that of a caracal in broad daylight
in the Savuti Channel. There have been a couple of elephants
seen, but not many yet around camp, although we did see a nice
female herd cross the channel in front of camp, there were a
few calves there too.
The channel with its bountiful varieties of different grasses
- Signal grass, Finger grass, Crowfoot grass, Bur Bristle grass
to name a few - has attracted large numbers of zebra, buffalo,
wildebeest and tsessebe. Other interesting sightings this month
included African wildcat, large and small spotted genets, lots
of spring hares, hippos, bat-eared foxes and honey badgers. Side-striped
and black-backed jackals have also provided some interesting
Some of the guest's comments for the month have been;
Highlight - "the hospitality of the staff
and the comfort of the camp, the expertise of the guides and
the quality of the food."
Highlight - "seeing the Wild Dogs and Leopard".
Highlight - "Theba made our experience here special. I learned
more in 3 days than l have in a lifetime".
Highlight - "Ban's incredible knowledge. Fantastic food
and great people."
Highlight - "Oaitse's tracking and getting to see Lion and
Leopard. Food was fantastic."
We would like to say thank you to everybody and look forward
to seeing you in the year.
The DumaTau Team
Camps Update - February 07
Lagoon camp Jump
• A new pride of lion has been sighted - the 2
shy females and their 6 cubs (6 months old) made
a brief appearance for two days
• No leopard sighted but tracks seen
and one heard calling just outside camp
• The wild dogs continue to entertain
the guests and were seen on six different days
including them successfully hunting an impala
near the airstrip
• During the night drive, 15 hyena
were seen on one giraffe kill (killed by lions)
• Unseasonally large elephant herds
have been seen just before sundown travelling
to and from the river.
• Lone elephant bulls have been frequently
seen, including some in musth.
• General game is very good with
Tsetsebee, warthog, wildebeest, steenbok, lechwe,
zebra seen on most drives
• Night drives found porcupine, serval,
honey badger, both genet species and a caracal.
• Migratory birds are still out in
force as well as osprey, slaty and black egret,
and martial eagles along the riverfront.
• Several pythons have also been
• A very good sighting of a single lioness was reported north of Lagoon
• No leopard sighted but tracks of two leopards, possibly
a mating pair, were followed.
• The 2 cheetah brothers visited the
area and were found relaxing in the shade.
• The wild dogs continue
to be sighted in the Lagoon area. The pack of 6 dogs was seen hunting and successfully
killing an impala.
• Good sightings of chameleons were reported.
A pair of mating honey badgers was also spotted. Hyena continue to be seen and
heard every night, they seem to be following the pack of wild dogs around in
hope of stealing their kills.
• Large numbers of elephants, breeding
herds as well as bachelor groups, continue to be seen on the floodplains and
on the riverbanks.
• General game is very good with Tsetsebee,
warthog, wildebeest, steenbok, lechwe, zebra seen on most drives. Some guests
saw a shy bushbuck; whilst on their sunset boat cruise.
drives found an African wild cat hunting rodents. A shy serval was also seen.
A good sighting of some dwarf mongoose, relaxing on their termite mound house
was also reported.
• Migratory birds are still out in force as
well as osprey, slaty and black egret, and martial eagles along the riverfront.
black mamba was seen crossing the road, in front of the game drive vehicle.
Kwara & Little Kwara camps Jump
& Little Kwara camps
• Game in general at Kwara had been outstanding and with the word spreading,
both camps have been full!
• The pride of 7 (2 large males,
one sub-male and 4 lionesses) have been prolific and sighted nearly every
day. At the beginning of the month, they killed a baby hippo just
next to Guest Tent number 1 and guests were able to see and hear them on
the kill. Two days later they killed a red lechwe south of the airstrip,
with the largest male running in and grabbing the kill from the others.
One of the lionesses sustained an unjury to her jaw which was very very
swollen with open cuts. The guides concern for her well-being was soon
gone after she led a spectacular kill in the front of camp: one of the
Little Kwara vehicles had gone out early and bumped in to the lions hunting,
the other guests at both camps skipped early coffee and raced out to join
the hunt. All guests witnessed the hunt and the final attack (with the
young male nearly giving the game away!) a young male lechwe was brought
down. Once again the male caught up with the action and stole most of the
• The next 2 nights the lions were all around
and in camp, including one late afternoon when the chef and waiter were
found on top of the kitchen fridge armed with Kitchen knives!
• Another 7 lionesses were seen in the Tsum-Tsum area.
• Guests saw a leopard while walking back
to their tent, just outside tent 1 at Kwara.
• One a drive, a large male leopard was
followed near Cheetah Plains. He was followed through the bush for
a while and all were a bit shocked when he broke into a run, only to realise
he was after a group of warthog, one of which he managed to kill.
• The following day another group tracked
a leopard and found it feeding on a jackal pup. Several other leopard sightings
• The 3 cheetah brothers have been seen
frequently, usually relaxing in the shade and often in the Tsum-Tsum area.
One group stumbled on them by accident - they had stopped on the edge of
the mophane to look at some ostriches and were surprised as the 3 brothers
came racing out of the woodland and killed one of the ostrich.
• The new female with the 2 six-month cubs
has been seen again although all three are shy. She was seen hunting impala
but was not successful.
• A previously unseen new adult male was
tracked and found hiding in the bushes.
• The small pack of dogs (2 of them) were
seen moving and marking territory.
• Solitary elephant bull are all around
as well as bachelor herds. A breeding herd, 60 strong was seen on the Mophane
• Another bull elephant was seen near the
6 month old elephant carcass. He spent some time smelling the bones and
then proceeded to pick up one of the bones and put it in his mouth.
• One group while driving through the mophane stumbled
upon 4 Bat-earred foxes.
• The only guests lucky enough to see buffalo
saw them from the air - either during the transfer to camp or on one of
the scenic game flights.
• Night drives provided sightings of many
owls, a spotted genet with 2 babies, 2 honey badgers running along the
road, caracal, serval, civet with babies, all mongoose species, both jackal
species, and chameleon.
• One group heading back to camp caught
a red eye in the spotlight and we delighted to find an aardvark.
• The birds are stunning with all of the
migratory birds all over. The Heronry numbers have diminished but
it still has many sacred ibis, wooly-neck, yellow and marabou storks.
• Unbelievable enough, on one of the game
flights, one group were amazingly lucky to see one of the few Botswana
rhino from the air!!!
• General game has also been great, but
there has been rather a lot to look at!
• The pride
of seven lions, have split up with the 2 big
males moving around by them selves. The rest
of the pride (4 females and one sub adult male)
was seen almost every day and at one stage
were seen trying to kill a python. They did
not succeed. They were also found feeding on
a tsessebe carcass.
• A female
leopard and her cub were found feeding on an
impala carcass. They stayed on the same spot
for 3 days and made for some fantastic sightings.
An amazing sighting of a male leopard fighting
with baboons was also reported.
female cheetah with her three cubs was seen
at impala pan and another female with 2 cubs
were found on mopane road. They were all looking
very healthy. The 3 brothers were also found,
with full bellies resting in the shade.
• A pack
of 13 dogs were located at honeymoon pan. They
stayed at the same spot, resting for a whole
day. They started hunting in the afternoon,
but were not successful.
elephant bulls are all around as well as bachelor
herds. A breeding herd, 100 strong were also
• Three buffalo bulls
were spotted after a long spell of not seeing
• Night drives
provided sightings of hyena and, both jackal
species. African wildcat and chameleon were
• General game sightings
continue to be very good and the impala are
also starting to rut.
birds are stunning with all of the migratory
birds all over. The Heronry numbers have diminished
but it still has many sacred ibis, woolly-neck,
yellow and marabou storks. A good sighting
of a giant eagle owl was also reported. One
group saw an African rock python crossing the
road in front of them.
Lebala camp Jump
• Nearly every
day, lion have been seen south of the camp
wild dog sightings including one classic hyena
interaction: - the dogs were found at Nari
Pan with 7 hyena nearby. As the dogs commenced
the hunt, the hyena followed and stole the
impala just after the dogs had killed it. While
the 7 hyena were eating the impala, with the
dogs hungrily watching them, another 8 hyena
approached and a fight ensued between the two
clans. Then another group of 4 arrived and
chaos reigned! The dogs made a swift exit and
successfully killed another impala 30 minutes
• On another day, the
dogs killed 3 times during one sighting and
were late seen resting at a water hole.
sightings included our old friend Limpy as
well as a shy young male patrolling along the
mopane woodland. A different female leopard
was sighted on a kill which was raided almost
immediately by hyena.
2 cheetah brothers have been seen frequently
including one successful warthog hunt which
they fed on and finished within 45 minutes.
elephant bachelor herds are in the area as
well as a surprising number of breeding herds,
some over 400 strong.
night drives have treated guests to porcupine,
both jackal species, and a single hyena on
a kudu carcass.
• During the sighting of Limpy
the leopard, a serval was also present though
it gave her a wide berth! Giant Eagle Owls
were been seen on most drives. Yellow, slender,
dwarf and banded mongoose were also seen. A
single striped polecat provided one of the
more rare sightings as it ran along the road
but then disappeared in to the long grass.
general game with many large journey of giraffe,
impala, waterbuck, Tsessebe, Wildebeest, Steenbok
zebra, red lechwe and kudu. Duiker have also
• The hippos
continue to provide sundowner entertainment.
night an African Wild cat was seen with a kitten
in her mouth.
is prolific with birders spotting over 200
species during their stays. 22 African Skimmer
were counted at Skimmer Pan. The raptors are
in full force. One morning at Twin pools 12
Kori Bustard and one Stanleys could all be
seen at the same time.
sightings are frequent with common Night Adders,
spotted bush snake, boomslang and an African
• Three lionesses were tracked and found near White Plains. They were hunting
wildebeest but did not succeed. Just before they disappeared into the mopane
woodland, the guides observed that they were lactating. The conclusion was that
they must have a den with cubs somewhere in the woodlands.
very lucky guests got to spend a whole afternoon observing a very full-bellied
male leopard at Hotwire pan. He was very relaxed and resting. • He became active
later in the afternoon and started marking his territory.
2 cheetah brothers are still active South of the camp, and were found feeding
on the carcass of a young lechwe.
• Big breeding herds of elephant,
some of them up to 500 in the herd are found along the flood plains. A good sighting
of a herd of about 150 elephant, having a mud bath in Kuku pan was reported.
one of the night drives a porcupine was seen coming out of his burrow, he got
shy when he saw the vehicle and went back into his hole. Hyena are seen during
the day and night, as well as both of the jackal species.
general game with many large journeys of giraffe, impala, waterbuck, Tsessebe,
Wildebeest, Steenbok zebra, red lechwe and kudu.
• Very good
sightings of all the mongoose species were reported daily. Serval and Civet cats
as well as porcupine have been seen on the night drives.
continue to be excellent, with three banded coursers, African skimmers, wattled
cranes and a black-headed heron making up some of the rarer species to be seen.
Painted reed frogs were also seen in the channel in front of camp.
sightings are frequent with common Night Adders, spotted bush snake, boom slang
and an African rock python.
Jack's & San
Camps update - February 07 Jump
to Jack's & San
As the sun rises over the Makgadikgadi,
and turns the drying grasses golden, the peaceful dawn is
interrupted by the calling of three adult male lions prowling
around Jack's Island. They are responding to the presence
of a lone lioness enjoying an early morning drink at the
Jack's Camp waterhole.
In February, Jack's Camp became the focal point of all
sorts of activity. For the first time in many years spotted
hyaenas have been heard in camp and the resident brown
hyaena female has a new cub, the curiosity of which has
brought him close to camp. The cub has been seen several
times in camp and has recently taken a liking to kidnapping
guests' torches and hiding them in the bush!
This year's rainy season has been unusually light, and
the huge herds of zebra and wildebeest have been concentrated
around the last remaining water. Guests have been treated
during breakfast to the sight of thousands of zebra, many
with new foals, congregating on the plain in front of
camp; each patiently waiting for their chance at the Jack's
With daytime temperatures pushing 40 degrees Celsius,
some of the best sightings this month have been on night
drives. There have been two sightings of aardvark which
is a rare treat and small cats like genets, caracals and
polecats have been seen. One group of guests was even
treated to a pitched battle between a honey badger and
Our resident celebrities, the meerkats, continue to do
well and are now so numerous even despite the dry weather
that an accurate count of their numbers is very difficult.
We know that they have had yet another litter and we are
expecting a first emergence any day now.
Max temp: 39º
Min. temp: 12º
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