With summer coming into full swing in Botswana, Machaba Camp has been observing many signs of the changing season.
At this time of the year, almost all of the fully grown female impala are carrying young. At the first signs of new grass growth, they begin to drop their progeny, ensuring that there is plentiful food for their offspring. One of the Machaba game drives was fortunate enough to come across this mother and fawn moments after its birth and witnessed its first – very wobbly – steps!
And with the arrival of the impala fawns, it’s no surprise that predator activity has also been on the rise of late. Plenty of lions, leopards and wild dogs have been spotted around the area, providing some thrilling bittersweet sightings for the guests at Machaba. One particular young female leopard put on a real show when she decided to spend an entire day lying around in the shade, occasionally nibbling on the fresh impala carcass that her mother had provided. Machaba guests had the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time with her as she was completely unfazed by the vehicles and clicking cameras.
This really bodes well for future sightings of this magnificent cat as she grows up understanding that the vehicles are not a threat.
In addition to the excellent predator encounters, the elephants have also been showing off. Just recently we had a curious ellie visit us at Little Machaba. Take a look at this video of the encounter:
A little more about Machaba Camp
Machaba Camp is situated in the game rich Khwai area in the north-eastern corner of the Okavango. Carefully positioned between the large riverine trees, each of Machaba Camp’s 10 luxury safari tents are built in the classic 1950’s style and boast en-suite bathrooms and living areas, as well as romantic outdoor showers and a tranquil atmosphere.
Machaba is Setswana for the Sycamore Fig Tree, which grows in abundance in the area and provides delicious fruit to a vast array of animals all year long. As a result, guests at Machaba never have to venture far to be treated to some spectacular wildlife sightings. This authentic and unpretentious safari camp is the ideal base for travellers wanting to explore the delta’s wetland and woodland habitats with their thriving game and birdlife.