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Moremi Crossing, September 2022

African wild dogs, serval, black-backed jackals, lions, leopards and spotted hyenas graced outings at Moremi Crossing throughout the month. It was especially fascinating to have easy access to the Spotted hyena den near the airstrip, and guests loved watching the stunts of the pups as they emerged, blinking from the den into the bright spring sunshine. 

We also had regular sightings of a leopardess with cubs. Late one afternoon, returning from sundowners, we located a leopard on the stalk. She crept into position with incredible poise. Once within a few metres, she successfully ambushed a red lechwe and pounced to nab a suffocating hold on the struggling antelope.

The lechwe slowly succumbed to the bite, but before it was complete, the leopard released the animal (by now unconscious) and encouraged her young apprentice to complete the act. This did not go well in the first few attempts, but the youngster finally earned a firm grip and finished the task set for her. This critical life skill ensures the future of this young cat, and we’re delighted that Moremi Crossing provides such an excellent schooling environment!

Crocodile Moremi Crossing

In camp, we saw banded mongooses and small-spotted genets and during mokoro rides, guides noticed reptile life bounced back with the warmth. Frogs, snakes, crocodiles and water monitor lizards were added to the roll call, and the Okavango Delta waters began to drop from their peak. 

As we slowly moved into summer, trees showed their colours, with the Combretum and Sausage trees all flowering. Although they are pollinated by several birds and insects, it is at night that the scent of the Sausage tree flower really flourishes, bringing a fragrance to the night air. (As well as pollinating bats!) 

Beautiful birdlife at Moremi Crossing

The arrival of the summer avian migrants added beauty to the bush. This month we saw African fish eagles, White-backed vultures, Saddle-billed storks, African jacanas, Blacksmith lapwings, Red-billed hornbills, Verreaux’s eagle-owl, Lilac-breasted rollers, Squacco herons and Spur-winged geese. It was especially exciting to have vultures nesting in camp. Over the past few years, many vulture species have fallen victim to poisoning and poaching throughout Southern Africa, and we are thrilled they chose Moremi Crossing to build a home. As one species that helps to “clean up” in the bush, their importance cannot be overemphasized.

Sensational stargazing

Evenings warmed slightly, and we hosted awesome star-gazing sessions on the open airstrip allowing guests to wrap themselves in the universe and learn more about the stars, their stories and the various legends. Here in Botswana, we call the Southern Cross constellation the Dithuthlwa, which means “the giraffes”. Some cultures also believe the Milky Way is a footpath for their ancestors to walk along.

Moremi Crossing Camp Boating Okavango

Speaking of the people of Botswana, we celebrated Independence Day at the end of September. We hosted a surprise sundowner for all the guests with Botswana flags and a few traditional snacks, which included waterlily tuber, or Tswii. A local delicacy in the Okavango Delta. 

(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!)

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Moremi Crossing, July 2022

Our regular game drive routes gradually grew wetter and muddier as the month progressed due to the rising floodwaters, but guests were rewarded with the abundant game that Chief’s Island is so famous for.

Moremi Crossing

Raised above the water level by tectonic activity, this island is where wildlife retreats as Okavango floodwaters rise, making it home to a dense concentration of wildlife. Game drives provided front-row seats to an astonishing plentitude of fauna. Impala, Giraffe, Plains zebra, Cape buffalo, African elephants, Chacma baboons, Warthogs, Tsessebe, Common reedbucks and Red lechwes, Hippos and Nile crocodiles were all abundant across the floodplains.

What did we see on a boating safari?

This influx of water has allowed us to resume boating, and one morning, we spotted three lions from the water as they rested peacefully at the base of a termite mound. As well as offering an elevated outlook from which to spy their next meal, these towering mounds often draw antelopes because the soil nourishes some of the most nutritional grass species in the bush.  

Okavango delta boating safari

We enjoyed many leopard sightings in the Moremi Crossing area and came across handsome males, and regularly saw a female leopardess with her sub-adult cub. Spotted hyenas and Black-backed jackals were seen on almost every drive.

Small mammals such as Servals, Cane rats, Porcupines and Honey badgers were seen with the help of the spotlight during night drives.

African openbills and bell-like bats

Common resident bird species logged include the striking black and white Swamp boubou, White-browed scrub robin, and Rufous-naped larks. Several threatened bird species, such as Wattled cranes and Southern ground hornbill, were observed, and guides also detected growing flocks of African Openbill storks. These birds are governed by the water levels of these sprawling seasonal floodplains and look for retreating waters that expose their favourite snail snacks. Incredibly, these birds can shake a mollusc free of its shell with vigorous headshaking in 15 seconds. They foraged in groups and were often seen with African sacred ibises.

As guests retreated to the tents at night, the soft beeps of Peter’s Epauletted fruit bats tinkled through the trees. Unlike most other bats, these fruit bats don’t rely exclusively on echolocation to navigate. Instead, they use their enormous eyes and a keen sense of smell to find their way and locate food.

(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!)

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Moremi Crossing Camp, June 2022

Some winter mornings, temperatures ranged between 7 and 9 degrees Celcius as the cold breeze swept across waters in front of Moremi Crossing Camp. We even experienced drizzling rains, which is unusual for this time of the year! 

An epic aardvark sighting

We could still navigate the Ntswi Reserve roads by Landcruiser as the floodwaters have yet to block our access, and Spotted hyenas and Black-backed jackals were regularly detected. With the help of a radiant spotlight, smaller mammals such as Serval, Civets, and genets were easily eyed too. One eventful evening, the rare Aardvark crossed into our beam! These ant-eaters must be one of Africa’s most bizarre yet enigmatic animals. Scientists reckon they can dig up and devour some 50,000 insects every night. Typically shy, Aardvarks occur in almost all of Africa’s parks and reserves, but only a lucky few ever catch sight of them. They are best sought out on a night drive, ideally in open terrain and during this winter season. Banded mongooses, honey badgers and porcupines were also seen after darkness fell. 

Boating activities have resumed, and the general game along the Boro River and the sprawling channels around it have been fantastic. Zebra, Giraffe, Buffalo, Tsessebe, Blue wildebeest, Impala, Vervet monkeys and troops of baboons, Common reedbuck and Red lechwe all grazed along the water’s edges as we sailed past. There were also plenty of Nile crocodiles (one day, we counted 13 basking together) and Water monitor lizards making the most of the sunshine. Big flocks of Open-billed storks and Spur-winged geese have started to cloud our skies as the waters rise and feeding grounds flourish again. Guides reported standout sightings of endangered birds, the Wattled cranes and Southern ground hornbills, plus the roll call of regular residents, the Pel’s fishing owl, African fish eagles, Coppery-tailed coucals and Lilac-breasted rollers.  

African fish eagle fishing

One morning a pack of nine African wild dogs came tearing through the staff village, and we quickly tracked them. Our speedy response was rewarded as we arrived on the scene in time to see the dogs chasing down a female Red lechwe, successfully landing the prey with a splash. Elephant herds have blossomed and we counted a group of 70 wading through the waters from the deck during afternoon tea. 

Lions were scarce at the start of June but returned with a bang as we watched a lioness hunt an impala during a thrilling afternoon game drive. Another day, we located a coalition of three males who rested around a termite mound and used the elevated vantage point to keep a lazy eye out for passing prey. 

Lions of Moremi

Spiralling vultures ushered us towards a leopard which had killed a Common reedbuck male and hauled it into a tree. Closer to camp, a leopardess has taken refuge in a quiet corner of the bush and chosen it to raise a cub close to Gunn’s Camp. The mother and cub were repeatedly seen, and the little one delighted guests with its playful antics. 

(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!)

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Moremi Crossing Camp, May 2022

Moremi Crossing Camp returned to a luscious water paradise as the floods rose this month.

Moremi Crossing Camp Boating Okavango

The waters surrounding the camp played host to herds of elephants, buffalos, zebra, lechwe, wildebeest and other mammals as they sought out the larger remaining plains before the waters advanced.

There was undoubtedly a romantic side to this return of the water as two courting African fish eagles demonstrated near the camp. Fish Eagles are believed to mate for life, and the courtship is fascinating. These striking eagles swoop, dive and call to each other, but the more determined take to the skies in even more theatrics and lock talons in flight to perform a spinning dive towards the ground. Given this prime breeding season, we hope to see some new additions to the fish eagle family in the coming months.

Fish Eagle Okavango

We encountered plenty of other bird life during boat cruises, including cranes, storks, ibises, Hamerkops, hovering kingfishers and Black herons on the hunt below their canopied wings.

Mokoro rides return to Moremi Crossing

Skimming silently on a mokoro across its glassy surface, a world away from the bumbling game drive, provided the chance to marvel at the dragonflies, frogs and plant life.

Bracingly cold winter mornings on game drives were justly rewarded. May has been the month of the hunt around Moremi Crossing. A large male lion with two lionesses was spied regularly hunting warthogs while the leopards focused on the impalas, which were weakened after the rutting season. Prey species often tried to get to the water to escape their tormentors, granting guests excellent photographic opportunities of the determined animals charging into the shallow waters. We often saw leopards and one day enjoyed observing one hunting impalas on the banks of the Boro River. A pack of nine African wild dogs was also frequently seen (once hunting and killing a Red lechwe), and they graced our company during a particularly memorable walking safari.  

(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!)

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Moremi Crossing, April 2022

Winter inched in bit by bit, as the first few days of April were foggy and misty on waking up in the morning, and the Okavango floodwaters were reported just 44km from Moremi Crossing.

With the natural waterholes drying up in the woodlands, the game moved to the nutritious floodplains in ever-climbing numbers. This month, we saw leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, and hyenas more often on our drives.

One morning, we spotted two males in a territorial battle. We followed the two for almost three kilometres as the Black-maned lion dominated the blonder male, forcing and driving it out of its territory. The vocalisations and deafening roars between the two resonated through our bodies! We regularly saw a coalition of two smart-looking males throughout the Rra Lopang area, and park rangers of the Moremi Game Reserve confirmed our suspicions that a lioness with two cubs, accompanied by a big old male, favoured the Nxwega Island area.  

Adventure camping highlights

One of our guests relished our overnight adventure camping and had some breathtaking moments. One evening, they followed a pack of 22 dogs, which later disappeared into the thickets before a leopard was reported on the radio by the camp manager at the airstrip. Guides rushed to the scene to find a relaxed cat sitting on the soft sand of the vehicle track.

Wilderness Camping Moremi Crossing

We spotted a lone cheetah during an evening drive along the open floodplains five minutes away from Moremi Crossing Camp. Guests witnessed the fastest land mammal attempting a hunt, which failed as the Red lechwe escaped into the water. We also enjoyed the sight of three cheetah brothers resting in the dense shade of a Jackalberry tree.

We could not ignore the horn clashes and beastly roars of impala males. The rut season of this most abundant and prosperous antelope in Africa has begun, and it’s always amazing to see them on game drives and walking safaris because the males are so busy trying to herd as females that we barely cross their radar. Bachelor males were sparring and preparing to dethrone the dominant males. Red lechwe were also running along the channel to mate and congregated in numbers. Giraffes, wildebeest, zebras, tsessebes and breeding herds of elephants were often seen along the water channels, further proof that the woodland waters are drying up.

Impala Moremi Crossing

Harvester termites were still collecting the last dry grass to prepare for the coming dry season. We best witnessed their frenzied activities on our signature bushwalks through the Moremi Game Reserve. Small-spotted genets, Springhares, Honey badgers, Bat-eared foxes, civets and servals all crossed the flashlight on night drives. Spotted hyenas and both Side-striped and Black-backed jackals were logged almost daily.

Birding has been fantastic throughout the month. Most of the summer visitors have left, so we located our residents, such as the Saddle-billed stork, Bateleur eagle, Yellow-billed stork, African fish-eagle and some Sacred ibises to mention a few from the endless list.

(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!)

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Moremi Crossing Camp, March 2022

Moremi Crossing Camp sits perched in front of the captivating Boro River, which returned to life this month. We recorded a slight increase in flowing water along the channel. Our Land Cruiser safari vehicles are back to living an amphibious life when they cross over into the Moremi Game Reserve for game drives.

The excitement of the African fish Eagle could not be missed around the camp, signalling an abundance of fresh food from the new water. Hippos are also back in the channel from Nxaraga Lagoon, where they congregated with the crocodiles. “Soon, the water will fill up the channel and spill out across the floodplains signalling the resumption of our iconic and peaceful mokoro experiences”, reported Kwando Safaris guide Kesaobaka. 

Lots of lion activity and leopard kills

The lions have been incredibly vocal. Many lions have come in and out of our area, which means plenty of territorial disputes and takeovers. One old male lion (dethroned two years back) has formed a coalition with two sub-adult males, and they were seen the most around the camp and airstrip region. They all are not in good condition, which could be attributed to their being evicted earlier than usual. Our guides noticed that the trio rarely roared, possibly because they didn’t want to attract any danger.

There have been two well-built males who have been frequently sighted too and are very outspoken. Towards the end of the month, they were seen mating with one lioness, and it was easy to find them since they were stationary for a few days and making a noise about it. According to The Safari Companion by Richard Estes, researchers estimate that lions must have copulated about 100 times for every year-old cub we see in the wild. This requires a couple to mate at least four times an hour for three days.  

One evening we saw a leopard on top of a grassy termite mound, but it ducked into the grass as we approached. We have found several carcasses (leopard kills) that were almost always stashed into the crown of Sausage trees along the flood plains. These trees are one of the dominant species in the Delta, and the fallen flowers are sought after by a variety of animals, including antelope, baboons, porcupines, and civets. The kills we found were either of Red lechwe or Common reedbucks.

A calm, beautiful female leopard was spotted just along the vehicle track in an open space at the end of the month. She had a fresh scratch around the mouth, possibly from a fight or a clumsy hunt when prey got the better of our pretty predator.

Wonderful wild dogs

Wild dogs stole the show this month as they featured on most of our game drives and almost always on the hunt for food. One morning we enjoyed a terrific show as we watched a pack of 11 dogs chasing lechwe around a lagoon. Eventually, the lechwe were smart enough to take refuge in the water, which the dogs prefer to avoid. It was interesting to see the antelope choose crocodile-infested waters over the pack’s wrath.

Red Lechwe Okavango Delta

Spotted hyena, side-striped and backed Jackal have been regularly sighted in the camp in early mornings and late evening, and Banded mongoose crisscrossed the sandy paths often too.

Honey badgers and civets were sighted on night drives and during the day, guests saw plenty of elephants, zebras with young and journeys of giraffes, the speedy tsessebe and wildebeest. The lechwe males were often fighting amongst themselves and courting females ahead of the breeding season and impala males were likewise trying to establish their territories for the next rut season.

Many migratory birds are still here. Swallow-tailed bee-eater, European bee-eater, White-fronted bee-eater, and Woodland kingfisher have added colour to the residents, such as the Saddle-billed stork, African fish Eagle, Martial Eagle and Wattled cranes.

The birders’ favourite, the Pel’s fishing owl, is still in exile as this is their breeding time. They have hardly been spotted because they are still in tree cavities guarding their eggs. These owls prefer to nest during the dry season, which has the benefit of lower, clearer water and thus more easily detectable fish.  

Fungus termites, whose artistic buildings cannot be ignored, were busy renovating and patching their enormous mounds preparing for the upcoming season of scarcity. In the winter months, their activities are minimal, and we loved admiring their artwork on the regular bush walks. The tiny insects construct the mounds using a mixture of saliva, clay, sand and salts found on the island edges in the Delta. These nests can stand for longer than us humans, sometimes 80 years.

(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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Moremi Crossing Camp, February 2022

After the significant heat of summer, over 80 hippos and several crocodiles have congregated in the last remaining pools of the drying Boro River to await the coming floodwaters. 

Moremi Crossing Summer Sightings

The water level was very low, and guides worried that the hippos could succumb to diseases, which can concentrate as water shallows. Thankfully, the small amount of rain we had this month greatly contributed to these life-giving lagoons around Moremi Crossing, which remain safe havens to considerable hippo numbers. They have also made for a memorable (if noisy) sundowner stop. 

Rivers and roaming predators

The shrunken state of the Boro River has brought outstanding experiences to guests and guides alike. We saw lions on almost every afternoon game drive, and they have also been around the camp. The lions’ home range has expanded with the river low, and they seem to favour the plentiful warthogs in our area. 

Two handsome male lions were repeatedly spotted without any females, but we are yet to establish whether they are nomads taking advantage of the lowered water or if they have a pride nearby. One evening, we recognised one male had a new limp and sported a fresh wound on his rear, a sure sign of battle with another male. The other lion appeared fresh and untouched but remained highly vocal, making his presence well known.

Despite catching their tracks frequently, leopards have been scarce. Perhaps due to the rise of lion activity? One day, we found a Red lechwe carcass and suspected a leopard had slain it because only the foetus was removed from the stomach and eaten while the rest of the kill was dragged into the tall grass and abandoned.  

Sightings of Spotted hyenas have definitely increased. One afternoon we watched a young hyena as it tried to land an impala without success. Both the Side-striped jackal and the Black-backed jackals have been regularly encountered, along with our resident Banded mongooses that parade the campgrounds. 

Wildebeests, giraffes, Warthogs, Impalas, Common Reedbucks, lechwes, zebra, Vervet monkeys, and baboon troops were all logged in the sightings register. Considerable summer bird visitors remained, too, and we could easily identify their distinctive calls. The Moremi Camp soundtrack comprised the Woodlands kingfisher trill reverberating through the riverine trees and the Broad-billed roller’s grating sounds. Though silent, Pel’s fishing owls were observed around the camp, and we noticed lots of juvenile Bateleurs, pairs of Saddle-billed storks, Tawny eagle and Black-chested snake eagle.

Harvester termites were on the run to collect as much grass as possible to prepare for the winter, when their activities drop to a minimum. Dung beetles have also been frenzied, flying around and crafting brood balls to attract mates and breed. Astonishingly astute navigators, dung beetles can detect fresh droppings within seconds.

(Note: Accompanying pictures were taken 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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Moremi Crossing Camp, January 2022

It rained a lot in the first three weeks of 2022, and the water has filled different parts of the Boro River channel, which runs in front of the camp. There has not been enough water to recommence boating safaris or to safely mokoro around the hippos that have found refuges in the deeper pools. Still, thanks to the cooler weather and cloud cover, we could conduct some brilliant nature walks, and these on-foot safaris have been wildly productive!  

During a nature walk one afternoon, we encountered several impala herds, a dazzle of zebra and watched in awe as a breeding herd of elephants crossed the river with mighty big splashing sounds.  

The general game has thrived with the fresh grasses and plentiful watering holes. Giraffe, warthogs, baboon troops and monkey gangs, red lechwe, common reedbuck, elephant, Spotted hyenas and widespread buffalo herds feeding in the lagoons were seen on game drives.

We saw several wild dog and leopard tracks, but the lions stole the show this month. On a morning game drive into Moremi Game Reserve, we came across a pride of five lions on Chief’s Island. The following day, they were joined by three other females, and we watched them as they patrolled the area in search of breakfast.

At the end of the month, we heard baboons alarming calling through the camp and on investigation, we tracked a big sub-adult male lion walking past the tents. Two Black-backed jackals and two Spotted hyenas were also very active in the area.

A flight of fireflies and African skimmers linger

Turning our eyes upward, Kwando Safaris guide Titus noted that “The sky has its own beauty at this time of year with heavy, ominous clouds”. It was also filled with summer visitors. The African skimmers flicked above the Boro River waters, and the Black coucals took full advantage of the long, rank grass in the marshes and flooded grasslands. We have also heard the distinctive calls of the Dideric and Jacobin cuckoo, Woodland Kingfisher and snapping beaks of the vivid Carmine bee-eaters (though they are admittedly starting to lose their colour). Big flocks of Collared pratincoles have also been observed, lots of Spur-winged geese, African fish eagle pairs, Wattled crane couples and plenty of storks.

Guests of Moremi Crossing Camp were really excited to see glow worms and fireflies at night. These enigmatic little insects are often seen in the vicinity of Sycamore fig trees, which are plentiful. The males can fly, while the females don’t possess these acrobatic abilities and as such are known as the ‘worms’.  

Dragonflies, butterflies, dung beetles and fishing spiders have also been plentiful. Walking also allowed us to witness the little Tok-tokkie beetle at work. The males tap their abdomens in a rhythmic pattern on the ground to gain the female’s attention. Perhaps in preparation for the upcoming Valentine’s Day…

(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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Moremi Crossing Camp, December 2021

Moremi Crossing Game Drive

We received plenty of rainfall in the Ntswi Reserve that filled the winding channels at Moremi Crossing Camp during the festive season. It may not have been enough for us to ease the motorboats back out onto the waters of the Boro River, but there was an abundance of wildlife to see during walking safaris and game drives. 

“Our big game did not disappoint”, reported Titus. “We managed to spot many big cats this month. Most of our sightings were in the flood open plains because of the clear view of animals from a distance”. 

A coalition of four male lions was seen on a few occasions, and we encountered a leopard attempting an ambush on a breeding herd of impalas. We watched with rapt anticipation for almost an hour, but it was unsuccessful in landing prey. 

We often found Small spotted genets on the hunt during the night drives. These pretty pock-marked carnivores generally forage on the ground for scorpions, spiders and small mammals (such as moles) rushing in to pounce on finding something much as a cat would.  

On one beautiful morning, we found a cheetah marking its territory in an exceptional sighting and later bumped into four Spotted hyenas walking along the road. 

The Ntswi Reserve is blessed with various birds that make each morning special with their sweet calls. Seagull-like cries alerted us to African Skimmers that graced us with their acrobatics this month. They flew low over the waters to the backdrop of a golden evening sky, undeterred by the pods of hippos. We also noted a healthy flock of pelicans, Giant eagle owls, Saddle-billed storks ambushing fish in the streams while Wattled cranes waded gracefully through the water. 

One day, the guides counted a float of 13 crocodiles basking in the sun on the banks of the Boro River, and we also came across a southern African python (formerly known as the African rock python). The plains proved productive for general game, and we saw elephant herds, pairs of common reedbuck grazing, lots of buffalo, plus journeys of giraffe and tsessebe herds. 

Though many of our guests are usually interested in the big five sightings, we loved sharing the secret lives of insects with our safari-goers this month. “We managed to spot insects like dragonflies, damselflies, ground beetles and stick insects”. 

(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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Moremi Crossing Camp, August 2021

The days are warming up as we head towards summer, and the waters have started to shrink back as the days lengthen again. The Boro River was still high enough for boating safaris, however, and boy did they deliver! 

As the floodplains empty again, renewed grazing opened up, bringing the plains animals with them. Guides at Moremi Crossing noted an abundance of wildlife during water activities. Elephants and buffalo splish-splashed to get to the best grasses, while Red lechwe, baboons (over 100 of them at one sighting) and impala mingled about on the riverbanks together. We were also fortunate to catch sight of a pack of wild dogs on the hunt! Eight adults were skipping along the shores searching for prey, and we lost them as they diverted into the long grasses. 

The birdlife was equally prolific. Fish eagles were a regular fixture, along with their wetland friends, the herons, ibises, egrets and storks. It’s been a particular joy to watch the puny Malachite kingfishers on the hunt. While malachite is a beautiful green coloured mineral, these spectacularly colourful birds feature a fluorescent feathering of blue and ochre with a glittering metallic head of turquoise.  

While the owl family may not be particularly colourful, their brown coats better allow them to blend in, so it was with particular glee that we found a Pels Fishing Owl. We saw the nocturnal owl fishing along the river line around camp! 

An enormous troop of baboons was also observed foraging in these verdant, towering riverside trees during a boating safari. 

We enjoyed witnessing fresh patches of termite mounds being maintained. As the onset of summer begins, these busy insects need to protect their towering homes against the coming rain.

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