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May 06, 2014

April News – Duba Plains, Botswana

It has been a great leopard month. The camp main area is built around tall jackal-berry trees which are home to a troop of baboons. One evening while were sitting by the fire place we started hearing an alarm call from the baboons and we wondered what could be scaring them in the dark. The guide explained that there could be a lion, leopard or hyena walking through camp. The next minute this young leopard walked past the guest loo and tried to climb up one of the trees in the main area and that’s when it realised that there were people around, it then turned around and went for the close-by bushes.

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The next day as guests were returning for their morning game-drive the guides saw vultures perching on trees next to camp and they went to investigate. A kudu was found half eaten and was suspected to have been taken down by the same leopard.

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The giraffes occupying the north part of the Duba concession are still seen on regular basis and recently a few months old calf was spotted with the group. This has brought hope for growth in numbers of the gentle giants that like to hang around the Airstrip.

The hyenas are spotted in late hours of the night and every now and then they are heard calling very close to camp. Our guests are enchanted by these amazing noises of the night as you will be hearing different calls through the night. The first sounds that you will hear while at the dinner table would be the painted reed frogs. Then as all the camp lights go off the hippos start roaming the camp, hyenas calling and baboons shouting at the leopard. From a distance you can hear the lions also making their territorial announcement.

The new lion male is still occupying most of the territory, keeping all the other lions of the Tsaro pride on the peripherals of the concession. The young male is regularly seen with 2 females he is mating with.

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The other groups from the pride are still keeping away from them to avoid confrontation and the risk of losing their young.  The other group with 2 young males is hardly seen around as they are also running away from the young male who wants to kick them out of the pride. The females, who are sisters to the young males have rather chosen to run away with them.

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The evening game drives have been great with Pangolins seen on regular basis. Bird life in Duba never stops amazing, with a glimpse of the Giant Eagle owl and the Pel’s fishing owl.

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It has been a great leopard month. The camp main area is built around tall jackal-berry trees which are home to a troop of baboons. One evening while were sitting by the fire place we started hearing an alarm call from the baboons and we wondered what could be scaring them in the dark. The guide explained that there could be a lion, leopard or hyena walking through camp. The next minute this young leopard walked past the guest loo and tried to climb up one of the trees in the main area and that’s when it realised that there were people around, it then turned around and went for the close-by bushes.

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The next day as guests were returning for their morning game-drive the guides saw vultures perching on trees next to camp and they went to investigate. A kudu was found half eaten and was suspected to have been taken down by the same leopard.

untitled-3955-3

The giraffes occupying the north part of the Duba concession are still seen on regular basis and recently a few months old calf was spotted with the group. This has brought hope for growth in numbers of the gentle giants that like to hang around the Airstrip.

The hyenas are spotted in late hours of the night and every now and then they are heard calling very close to camp. Our guests are enchanted by these amazing noises of the night as you will be hearing different calls through the night. The first sounds that you will hear while at the dinner table would be the painted reed frogs. Then as all the camp lights go off the hippos start roaming the camp, hyenas calling and baboons shouting at the leopard. From a distance you can hear the lions also making their territorial announcement.

The new lion male is still occupying most of the territory, keeping all the other lions of the Tsaro pride on the peripherals of the concession. The young male is regularly seen with 2 females he is mating with.

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The other groups from the pride are still keeping away from them to avoid confrontation and the risk of losing their young.  The other group with 2 young males is hardly seen around as they are also running away from the young male who wants to kick them out of the pride. The females, who are sisters to the young males have rather chosen to run away with them.

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The evening game drives have been great with Pangolins seen on regular basis. Bird life in Duba never stops amazing, with a glimpse of the Giant Eagle owl and the Pel’s fishing owl.

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