This month comes with great progress.
After a long decision made to cut down on the use of plastic bottles to help save our environment and the oceans, we’ve now shifted to producing our own drinkable water using a reverse osmosis to desalinate water.
The operation is a success thanks to all those involved in the process.
Our one tusker family has been a hit this month with nearly daily and nightly visits. The baboons have been their constant supplier of the Doum palm fruits that they drop onto the ground for elephants to eat. Exciting to see a brand new addition to the family. So young that the little trunk is still a bit stupid.
Guests and visitors to the Selous get treated to some very interesting sightings at times! You can never tell what you might encounter on a driving, boat or walking safari here.
The month kicked off with an exciting annular eclipse and quickly things got bizarre at camp! Midday, as the light dimmed and the temperature continued to drop, birds started preening and singing as if the day was rolling to a close. Guests on the boat safari came back and said all the animals that would usually hide in the heat of the day where out and about, like the shy and heat sensitive hippo.
We were coming back from our evening game drive and heading back to our camp at Kilimatonga when we saw the leopard who regularly visits the camp. He was walking along the road, showing himself off, no care in the world - when he suddenly heard distress noises coming from the taller grass behind the car. We took the binoculars and scanned the area where the leopard’s attention was fixed.
We spotted it! And he had too. He started sneaking from one tree to the other, keeping his body low to the grass so that his presence wouldn't be given away. He was stalking a little impala calf which had been left behind by its mother.
It could be that the mother had seen the leopard and hidden her calf to protect it, but the little one had given herself away with an ill-timed call. lt may also have been abandoned, or become lost after falling behind by the rest of the herd.
We positioned ourselves to watch the action unfolding as the leopard stalked closer and closer. The young impala had no chance. This leopard has lots of experience with hyrax which are far harder to catch.
He pounced on the little calf, and we then watched him take his dinner up a baobab tree. While he sat there having his starters, we opened our sundowner beers and watched for a while.The light was perfect for some pictures, and we then made our own way towards our own dinner. No impala for us, just a yummy roast beef with all the trimmings!
At Mdonya Old River Camp - Fund the Leopard climbs on a car full of guests
Leopard on car in Ruaha - photo by Bobby Jewell Leopard climbs on Mdonya game vehicle while guests watch