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Moremi Crossing, October 2022

The water levels over the Boro River that snakes around Moremi Crossing Camp dropped drastically. However, it was a time of prime game viewing bolstered by an influx of handsome migratory birds.

A crocodile kill viewed from camp

Plenty of general game, including elephants, buffalos and giraffe, zebra, warthog, reedbuck and troops of baboons, was viewed straight from the camp. One day, during a delicious and unforgettable brunch, guests even witnessed a kill when a baboon slaking its thirst was killed by a crocodile!

Lion Moremi Crossing Camp

With the river so low and prey, such as lechwe, assembled at the shores of the main channel near camp, we enjoyed many lion sightings. Lions were spotted taking advantage of the antelope concentrations almost every two days. The waste department division was busy as a result and we watched many Marabou storks and vulture species peck at the remains, cleaning up the lion leftovers.

Pelicans likewise exploited the shallow waters hunting fish trapped in the dwindling ponds. They have flocked in their hundreds and make for an impressive sight when they take off. We’ve enjoyed seeing them soar through the skies, especially at sunset.

A female leopard was discovered near neighbouring Gunn’s Camp, harbouring her little cub in the peaceful trees while the camp remains out of operation. Cheetah sightings were rewarding too. One morning, we saw a female cheetah with two cubs; another day, we located two subadults stalking prey through the grasslands of Chief’s Island.

Pel’s fishing owl in residence

A Pels fishing owl took up residence in the trees close to the main area and we were thrilled to find it fishing one evening, splashing into the river right in front of the dining room! On another eventful evening, we located a serval cat from the main area with the help of a spotlight.

Dragonflies and damselflies were also spotted hovering above the water, albeit during the day.

Plenty of spotted hyenas, side-striped jackals and back-backed jackals were seen in the early mornings and strutting their stuff after dusk. Honey badgers, banded mongooses, large grey mongooses, and porcupines were also witnessed.

(Please note: For the safety of the animals, we do not disclose the location of either rhino or pangolin sightings. Accompanying pictures are 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!)