The festive season is in full swing and our guests have been joined by our predators in the feasting. The reason for this is a lack of rain. It has been very dry and grazing is scarce, so the herbivores are not at their fittest and congregate around water and the areas where there is a little greenery. The predators take full advantage of the antelopes’ lean times, and with low vegetation and congregations of game the chance of seeing and photographing a kill is at its peak. Some of the pans are almost dry and we have taken the ecologist’s recommendation to pump water to a couple of them to ensure the animals have enough to drink. Fortunately we’re having some rain this week, so long may it continue. It’s interesting to see that many of the trees and flowers are in full bloom and putting all their energy reserves into producing seeds. The following photographs show how the animals deal with the heat and minimal water: A white rhinoceros rolls in the mud – there’s nothing quite like it for cooling the blood!
- Average Minimum:21°C (70°F)
- Average Maximum:35°C (95°F)
- Minimum Recorded:18°C (64°F)
- Maximum Recorded:40°C (104°F)
- For the period:26 mm (1 in)
- For the year to date:262 mm (10 in)