Kwando Safaris – October Special 2018

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October, typically a hot and dry month in Botswana, provides for excellent game viewing opportunities, as all wildlife from the littlest to the largest, are in competition for a much-covered resource to their survival: water. This intense friction has contributed to amazing game-viewing that Kwando Safaris guests have been privileged to witness, at all of its camps.

For a minimum of 6 nights, all guests travelling in the month of October will enjoy their rates at Mid Season prices instead of High Season prices. The 6 nights can be any combination of Kwando Safaris’ camps (Splash, Lebala, Lagoon, Nxai Pan, or Tau Pan). This works excellently for the UK Half-Term holiday specials.

Just last year in October…  View the Full Sightings Report for all camps on this link

Guests at Kwara saw the return of the wild dog pack to the concession, and on one occasion guests were enjoying breakfast around the camp fire when the early morning tranquillity was shattered by a pack of wild dogs chasing an impala straight through camp and into the lagoon. The impala escaped the dogs, but ran straight into the jaws of two large crocodiles who tore it apart, all right in front of the main camp!

Whilst at Lagoon, The coalition of two male cheetah brothers were seen very regularly, killing successfully every two days on species including impala and warthog. Leopards were seen frequently, including three separate sightings in a single day. One evening a guide came across an African Civet. As the guide was positioning the vehicle they startled two leopard cubs who had been hiding in the grass stalking the civet.

Regular guests to Lebala will be familiar with the female leopard, Jane, who gave birth to two cubs. Jane was seen up a tree with her kill staying away well away from hyenas. She was also spotted five minutes from the camp with her cubs feeding on an impala.

At Nxai Pan, large herds of elephants from all directions came in every morning to the camp watering hole and stayed all day and most of the night – a magnificent spectacle for the guests right from the camp. The elephants were very protective over the water supply and rarely gave other animals a chance to drink, including the lions. One noisy night the elephants and lions roared at each other continuously as they debated drinking rights. In the morning we saw a pride of 11 lions still waiting for the elephants to move so that they could have access to water. The lions had the final word though; a few days later the two males were seen feasting on an elephant calf, surrounded by vultures.

In the scorching heat of the Kalahari desert, The coalition of six magnificent black-maned male lions found relief at Tau Pan’s watering hole and more than once they serenaded the guests with impressive roaring performances during the night. As the dry season progressed, predators’ home ranges increased in size as the animals have to travel further and further to find food. This meant that we started to see some new individuals to the area who are not part of the Tau Pan pride. A nomadic lioness and cub were seen drinking at the watering hole. Another new lioness and two young males were spotted towards the airstrip.