Wildlife Sightings June 2020
July brought the long-awaited opening of local tourism in Botswana. We were off to a good start because President's Day (a public holiday) meant that both Machaba Camp and Little Machaba filled up nicely for the weekend.
The staff saw a pair of wild dogs kill an impala on the Moremi side, right in front of camp. They devoured the buck while we were all watching from the main area of camp. We don’t often see this type of wild dog action so close to camp so it was a thrilling experience.
Cape Buffalo and Lionesses
The Malan family witnessed action between a herd of about 200 large Cape buffalo and three lionesses. The buffalo were spread out at the Khwai River and disappeared into Moremi. The lionesses had obviously eaten something and were relaxing while keeping a close eye on the buffalo herd.
A Seronga female leopard was spotted several times this month close to Machaba Camp. The most exciting thing we witnessed her doing was when she killed a baboon near our bush dinner spot and ate from it until the hyenas stole her kill.
Well, that’s it for another month and from all of us at Machaba Camp, we wish you a warm African farewell until next time.
Elcke and Shaun Malan
General Managers, Machaba Camp