Its Monday 4th November 2013 and seasons and cycles at Pumulani.

Hope you had a fabulous weekend and are all set for another week ahead. This week we will catch up with Pumulani and see how things are panning out over there. Over to Alex & Karien.

“As all seasoned travellers to Sub Saharan Africa will know, October is the start of the dry and hot season. As most of the surrounding area is at its driest, waiting for the November rains to arrive, Pumulani too is in the throes of a very dry spell, but it’s not nearly as bad as you would think – quite the contrary!

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The trees and grass embankments enjoy the luxury of having this fairly large puddle in front the lodge – the one we affectionately refer to as Lake Malawi – for constant cooling down.

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And for those who enjoy the sunning hours on the beach, are treated to even more than before – the Lake is at the lowest point in about 13 years, which means that the receding waterline has left so much more for the sun seekers to enjoy. What a good way to wait for the rain?

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Our feathered summer visitors are also starting to make their appearances one after the other. Paradise flycatchers are busy building their tiny saucer shaped nests, the weaver nest making is in full swing and more colourful species are arriving by the day.

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Together with the sun rising earlier now, the bird walks at Pumulani are becoming ever popular and Justice, our guide, is spotting new species each day he is out with guests.

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Thanks for filling us in Alex and Karien.

Speaking of rain, I hope you were able to watch the first of the three part series Africa’s Last Oasis: Countdown to the Rains last night. If you missed it, you can still catch it again tonight on BBC Two at 23:20 (UK Time).

That’s all for this week. Take care and have fun!

Cheers

 

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