August 2013

August passed Zarafa by and the first day of spring revealed itself. Most days followed a peaceful bush pace, the fresh morning hours elapsing slowly but surely into 4 o’clock tea-time and passing on to another amazing sunset.  Yet, in between every star-filled sky, some changes occurred. Some gradually and some in a more drastic fashion….
Also the vervet monkeys have re-introduced themselves more sturdy at the main area. They know our ‘feeding hours’ by heart and the entire Zarafa team has to guard Katherine’s Fairy cakes as if their lives depended on it. Julia of the kitchen team knows exactly how to handle our uninvited guests and chases them back into the Jackalberry trees with her barbeque tongs. Survival of the fittest.An Elephant visits Zarafa - Willem Bakhuys Roozeboom
Other than our vervet friends, August provided two other surprises in camp; a very inquisitive male leopard was hiding around the deck during dinner! Most of us are certain he was trying to find out where all the laughter came from, however Katherine seems convinced that he got mesmerized by the smell of the home-made Gnocci. Whichever, as soon as his hiding place was revealed the ‘Nkwe’ wondered of with his tail between his legs, clearly unhappy that he did not get the joke, nor got to taste the food.
The month ended in style with a male lion walking past camp and took care of that evenings’ entertainment with spectacular roaring in the distance. It was the best example of ‘bush karma’, as the guests in camp got rewarded on their last day after hours and hours of early morning lion tracking without much luck.  It´s dogged as does it!
In September we are looking forward to monitoring the behavior of our in-house honey badger (we will keep you posted!) and we keep our fingers crossed that the Elephants do not take another swing at our solar plant … They are forgiven, but not forgotten.
Greetings from all of us in the bush,

Zarafa Team

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