As last year, I left Selinda in the middle of the morning and landed at Kasane at noon. A driver was waiting for me. The formalities at the two border posts were carried out, as usual, without problems. Two hours later, we reached Hwange Town where we turned right and quickly arrived at Mbala Gate where my guide of last year, Washington Sibandi, was waiting for me. He was again my guide but only for the three first days. For the two last days, I joined Adam Jones, who was guiding a keen photographer who was in camp for fifty-five days. For information, the journey to the camp is about 2 hours and a half if you do not see anything spectacular on the way.
In this year of heavy rains, the situation was similar to that of Selinda ; water everywhere, on the roads and on the plains. Hwange had, moreover, given itself some airs of Okavango.
So apart from hippos, shy elands, solitary elephants and some plains game, we did not see a lot of mammals. No matter what, we were again able to focus on birds and smaller creatures. There were nevertheless some good and interesting sightings of lions, leopard, martial eagle, spotted eagle owls and…… bullfrogs.
Concerning the camp itself, nothing more to add to what I wrote in the report on my stay last November : still a great place with great people.
The day of my arrival, between Masuma and Shumba, we found the Masuma pride making its way on the road. Unfortunately, it did not stay there and disappeared very quickly on the left side in the mopanes and the kopjes.
When we arrived at the camp, we were told that four lions, two females and two sub adults, called the Super Models, had been spotted nearby.
Photo taken in the space between the hood of the vehicle and the windscreen, turned down on it.
One of the two dominant males of the Masuma pride, Liam or Mandla, seen near Masuma.
Another lion, this one nomadic, was heard roaring every night and even seen by other guests feeding on a dead elephant.