Kalahari Plains – April 2018
Climate and Landscape
Summer in the Kalahari seems to be over and we are starting to feel the cold mornings and evenings. It has also been a bit windy. Temperatures ranged between 25° and 30° Celsius, with very little rain, and the grass and other plants have started drying out.
Game viewing has been excellent in the Kalahari lately, with good numbers of giraffe, red hartebeest, oryx and springbok seen in the plains. Black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, cheetah and lion were constantly sighted around camp.
Our trips to Deception Valley were also very productive. Recently elephant have been seen, and the impressively fearless and aggressive honey badger shows up every now and then too.
Birds and Birding
With our wide variety of species, birdlife in the Kalahari is a constant delight. Lately we’ve been seeing big numbers of kori bustards, secretarybirds, northern black korhaans, cattle egrets, vultures and many others in the vast space of our Kalahari pans and plains.
Stargazing has been outstanding, with the winter constellations showing up clearly in our beautiful African skies. Constellations seen included Orion, Scorpio and Leo.
The Bushman family at Kalahari Plains appreciates the opportunity to provide fascinating insights into their culture as well as hunting and survival techniques.