It has been a long time since I last posted a blog, and I am truly sorry for that. We have been wonderfully busy in camp and a lot has happened since the last one. So here is an update for those of you following.
July was crisp, still very green, and lush. We had an influx of birds of prey which was really interesting. The best part of being in camp year round is that you get to notice the changes between seasons and eventually you start to monitor the migratory patterns of all sorts. It is fascinating that last year we spotted probably one Black Shouldered kite a day, and this year, particularly the month of July, August and this month; September - we have averaged a count of between 20-30 a day!
There has been an increase in the number of rats, acacia mice, door mice and lots of other rodents due the beautiful rains that we had in April and May. As a result, the birds of prey have swarmed into the park to take full advantage of the plentiful food sources. We have seen a huge increase in the number of Herons too. At night, driving back from sundowners you are almost guaranteed to see Owls scouring the roads for the rodents that dare to cross it. So the bird life really is phenomenal at the moment. The paleartic migrants are starting to appear too. If you are a twitcher this park should be on your list for this time of the year.
In July we had some super sightings of lions on kills. One group watched a whole hunt right through to the kill and another group arrived just after the kill had taken place. Several prides where out and about and we got some great photos. This one is from Paul De Sipio:
September has seen the scrub, flora and fauna; dry out. The temperature is slowly creeping into the mid thirties (centigrade). During this time the bush thins and this means that generally our cat sightings are brilliant. Certainly last month we had several days where all of our guests clocked the big five. We had a leopard on a kill; he was a huge male and the sighting lasted for over forty-five minutes, which has to be one of the best sightings we have had of leopard this year.
Last week we had the most spectacular Elephant crossing. Over a hundred Elephant crossed the road right in front of us, and I managed to film it. Please have a look at the Offbeat Safaris facebook page to have a look at this. If you haven't been on safari in a while and just want to experience that moment again, it is worth it. I have watched it several times and I am still not bored of it.
In camp we have had an abundance of residents. Frank has been appearing every day, we have had some old bull Elephants move in, Kika the bush buck is around as always. Kevin the Kudu has come back - after a long time of roaming elsewhere. At one point we have had all three of them on the lawn which is such a wonderful, and privileged experience.
I can't believe that we only really have a month and a half left of the season. It has gone by so quickly and that is down to the purely wonderful guests that we have met. It has be such a fantastic season so far and looking forward to the rest.
I will try and not leave it too long until I next blog, but I hope I have caught you all up with the latest. Please do follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. I try to update all those pages regularly with photo's and what goes on in and around camp.
That's all for now. Until next time:
Tanyth, Sean and the Offbeat Meru Team (and Frank :))