May has been an excellent month here at Selinda Camp.
Game viewing from the camp itself has been exceptional! We have had 3 visits from the Selinda Wild Dog Pack which is now comprised of the Alpha Male and Alpha Female and 8 puppies from last year’s litter. They have taken to hunting the herds of impala that frequent the dense vegetation and bushes around the camp. We have been treated to some super sightings from the main deck, the camp fire and from the vehicles parked in the camp parking area! We’ve also seen the Dogs clearing out a den site not too far from camp and we hope that they will chose this site to have their puppies this year!
The Elephants are now starting to make their way out of the wooded areas and to the permanent source of water as the transient pools of water and pans are all but dried up now – a sign that summer is definitely now gone!
Our resident Leopardess and her daughter have been sighted regularly. Amazingly we had a group from one of our Japanese agents which had guests that had been here 6 months ago and they were saw the same Leopard on both trips! Really amazing as they had brought back photographs from the first trip and we are able to match the pictures from her camera up and it was the
same Leopard. The sexy, slinky, petite Leopardess we call “Lesego” (Setswana for “Lucky”).
The Selinda Lion Pride has treated us with regular sightings south of the Selinda Spillway down around the airstrip and beyond towards Zarafa Camp. We also have a new pride to the area, well actually it is some females that disappeared from the area around 3 years ago that are now back with their sub-adult cubs. One of the older females is lactating heavily and we are
only days away now from finding where she has hidden her cubs – she may reveal them to us before we find them of course – but our guides have been scouring the area we see her in for tracks of cubs or at least more frequent tracks from herself.
Guests have been treated to some wonderful winter sunrise and sunsets too. The dust from the dry landscape causes superb reflections and refractions of light and the most amazing hues from blue sky down to burnt red sun.
All in all it has been a superb month, May is such a lovely month in the bush – the rain is gone, the temperatures during the day around cooler and those at night not cold yet and the skies are almost always blue from edge to edge. We now await the flood waters up from the Okavango River. Just in the last week the water has risen ever so slightly as the annual flood makes
its way into Northern Botswana via the Selinda Spillway.
What will the next few months hold as we go into the “peak” seasons for safari in this region? Lion cubs, Wild Dog puppies, Hyena puppies… what will it be?! Come and see for yourself.
Here is a collage of images which have been captured in and around camp in May 2012. Enjoy!
Greetings and Bush Salutations from all at the Selinda Camp
Tags: 60 Minutes, Botswana Luxury Safari, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, Elephants, Great Plains Conservation, Hyena, impala, Leopards, Selinda Camp, Selinda Lion Pride, Selinda Reserve, Selinda Spillway, Selinda Wild Dogs, The Last Lions
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