Ruckomechi -April 2018
Climate and Landscape
The month of April at Ruckomechi Camp was relatively warm with some late rains as we opened our brand new season! On average our minimum temperature was 18° Celsius and our maximum was 33° C.
The vegetation is slowly started to thin out as winter sets in. Parachute Pan is full and the elephants make this a stop for a midday snack on the water hyacinth. The sausage trees are fruiting while the indigofera has started drying out. This too is a snack welcomed by the elephants.
The Zambezi water level has maintained, keeping Henry’s Channel full. Plains game and elephant are often seen feeding on the vegetation here. The acacia pods are starting to develop, a magnet for the elephants later in the year.
What an incredible way to kick-start the season at Rucks! We had phenomenal lion, leopard and wild dog sightings. The elephants came into camp too, which always provides a lot of excitement amongst the guests.
A pack of 18 wild dogs was spotted in and around our Ruckomechi Concession while our first kill of the season was a spotted bush snake catching a frog. This happened near the main area at tea time. Guests fell asleep to the soundtrack of hyaenas and lions calling most nights.
Birds and Birding
The beginning of the Ruckomechi year always produces phenomenal bird sightings and a total of 139 different species of birds were seen during April. Guests saw a snake-eagle making a kill, while the white-fronted bee-eaters flitting in and out of holes in the banks of the river are always a pleasure to see.
We started the season with the same managers as last year, and so welcomed back Dylan and Michelle (Camp Managers), Eddie (Assistant Manager), Bob and JoAnn (Trainee Managers). We also have the same guiding team of Nyenge (Pro Guide and Canoe Guide), Mundoga (Pro Guide), and Temba (Pro Guide), Tendai (Guide) and Kurt (Guide).
Natasha has also joined the Wilderness family as Trainee Manager. We wish her the best of luck in her new position.
“Enjoyed the site of the camp and the friendliness of the staff. Mundoga was an excellent guide with a keen sense of humour and great tracking skills. Would happily visit the camp again – lots of fun and learnt a lot about Zimbabwe – its amazing people and its wildlife.”
“The camp, very sensitive design with low ecological footprint. Lion encounter on the game drive with Tendai was amazing.”