Great early-spring report in from Hennie:
Feedback from our guides is that the wildlife around Machampane has been outstanding over the past couple of weeks, especially elephants are to be seen just about everywhere. Two sightings on a single walk is now not uncommon. This is not just single animals but often groups of up to +8. Yesterday morning 12 elephants spend a couple of hours at the pool in front of the camp.
Late last week a herd of what must be close to 250 Buffalo was seen at the bottom end of Long Pool. The Lions have been around camp since the night the Bush to Beach group stayed over. They caught a Zebra less than 500m from camp the same night. The Leopard, although not seen, is heard just about every night as he patrols the ridge on the opposite side of the pool.
Also on an afternoon walk, during last week, an Aardvark was spotted. To the best of my knowledge, this is a first for the Machampane area. Hopefully photos from client will follow soon.
Clients on walks are currently rewarded with a big variety of different game sightings. Anything between 9 and 13 different species of game are seen. This include Impala, Duiker, Sharpe’s Grysbok, Steenbuck, Kudu, Waterbuck, Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Giraffe, Warthog and Baboon. Two species (known to be in the area but not spotted that much in the past) but now seen more often are Nyala and Sable.
Finally our guides are also of the opinion that the game has certainly become more use to our OSV and are no longer just running 50+ meters to a safe distance. The game seems be more relaxed and comfortable with the presence of the vehicle and to stay where they are.
Birdlife is always good and we expect the first of a large number of migrant bird species to be arriving soon in the area, for their annual summer stay. A recent client positively ID’d at least 70 species during a 3 day stay, mainly in and around the camp. A special sighting was the Yellow Billed stork.