Pom Pom Camp, August – September 2020

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The lagoon at Pom Pom was still full of water, making for a beautiful sunset view. A pod of nine hippos were permanently in residence and other species enjoying the water were pelicans, pygmy geese, pied kingfishers and bushbuck. African jacanas were nesting in the water right in front of camp; once the eggs hatched, guests enjoyed seeing the chicks, with their impossibly long toes, venture out onto the lily pads.

A herd of impala were seen often grazing in camp and a solitary male elephant visited regularly, causing the maintenance team some extra work, especially when the laundry stood between him and some particularly delicious palm nuts. He decided to take the direct route through the laundry to his meal, causing chaos in the process. We have since relocated the entire building to a safer place!

The resident pride of fifteen lions were found behind the staff village where they were finishing off an impala kill.  This pride comprises four lionesses, seven sub-adults and four cubs of about ten months old. We also saw them feeding on buffalo and wildebeest, sometimes accompanied by one or two of the males.

Whilst on a walking safari we were thrilled to come across a pangolin. Initially it was on the move, but it sensed the people nearby and rolled itself up into a ball.

A clan of hyenas had a den near to the airstrip. We saw the mothers suckling their young, and sometimes the hyena cubs could be found peeping out of the drainage tunnel that runs beneath the airstrip.

Two wild dogs were seen hunting at Salt Pan. Another time we saw the pair resting and watching a herd of red lechwe.

A leopard was found resting up in a tree during game drive and on another occasion, we were lucky enough to come across two tom leopards chasing each other. We had been following tracks for about 20 minutes, when we heard some impalas making alarm calls. As we approached the spot, we saw the antelope about 30 meters away, all looking nervously in the same direction. As we got closer, we saw 2 male leopards running towards us, passing 10 meters in front of our vehicle as they chased one another. We followed them for 5 minutes until the one lagging behind gave up and rested behind a morula tree where we stopped to enjoy the sighting.

Large herds of elephant and buffalo were seen feeding in the area. Sometimes we were lucky enough to see elephants feeding in the water or crossing a channel. The floodwaters meant that there was a good concentration of hippos, and crocodiles could be seen sunbathing on the sandbanks.

General game included zebras, wildebeest, waterbuck, giraffes, tsessebe and impala. Guests enjoyed a classic Okavango spectacle of red lechwe antelope running through the sparkling floodwaters.

Smaller mammals encountered included bushbabies, a civet hunting and a genet up a tree. A female honey badger with her cub was seen near the First Hippo Pool. We saw both species of jackal resident in the Okavango Delta, being black-backed and side-striped.

We enjoyed some beautiful owl sightings including the Pel’s fishing owl and the Verreaux’s Eagle owl. The flood waters brought in water species such as herons, cormorants, darters and ducks.

(Note: Accompanying picture is from our Kwando Photo Library which consists of all your great photo submissions over the years, it may not be the most up to date, but we felt it was worthy of a feature alongside this month’s Sightings Report!)

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