May News – Zarafa Camp, Botswana

Zarafa Newsletter – May 2013

What a month we have had at Zarafa! Wild dog, leopard and lion all in one of guests photos, cheetahs, hyenas, elephants, leopard and lion cubs galore to name but a few of the myriad animals seen during May.

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‘George’ the elephant is back in camp after 3 months wondering the bush and he is in musth now, causing him to be a little more feisty than usual! You don’t want to try and push past him when he is on the hunt for a female!  Musth is like being on heat and George is exuding quite the pungent aroma at the moment.  Sadly for us they can stay in Musth for a while so we have to be on out toes.

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The Vervet monkeys still come most days for tea, ever hopeful that Linghi (pictured) or one of her colleagues will take their eye off the cake just long enough for them to slip in unnoticed! The monkeys, however, got more than they bargained for one night, when a honey badger managed to get one of them off some low branches and following a prolonged fight, the honey badger was seen running down the pathway with the monkey in its mouth.  Honey badgers are known to be one of the most ferocious animals in Africa, we felt a little sad for the monkey, perhaps they had stolen too much cake.

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The flood is on the way to Zarafa now, but as the surrounds dry up and the temperatures drop the numbers of animals seeking water at the lagoon is ever increasing. Large herds of elephant, buffalo, varied antelope, including the elusive roan and sable antelopes, a real treat for our guests. Coming daily to the banks of the Zibadianja Lagoon, they are in turn attracted more and more predators. Both the cats and dogs have allowed us some fabulous sightings this month, with barely a day going by without seeing at least one of them if not more. The Wild dogs are often visiting and hunting in Zarafa.  It has been the best month to view them.

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The Wapuka Pride is growing apace, now with 7 cubs, up from 3 in January and the Selinda Pride has 3 more new cubs in tow. Two of our resident female leopards have young cubs and a third ‘Motsebe’ has one hidden away in the bushes and we are ever hopeful that she will let us see it soon.

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And last but not least a little treat fro Katherine our Executive Chef – a gluten free carrot cake.  We produce a lot of gluten free light meals, when bouncing around the concession we find guests appreciate such cuisine.

 

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Here’s hoping for an even better June!

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