Wildlife - Sanctuary Baines' Camp

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The fantastic array of wildlife here can be explored in 4x4 vehicles, by boat, canoe, or on foot. The delta has about 122 species of mammals, over 400 species of birds and 1300 species of flowering plants.

Whenever you are visiting, there is always something to be seen from the wooden deck surrounding the main dining room. So don't be too surprised to see prowling lions hunting for prey at the edge of the lagoon. There's also a good chance of seeing leopard, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, impala, zebra, wild dog, hyena and hippo.


Sightings - February 2014

The area surrounding Sanctuary Baines' Camp is almost always home to some of the elephants in the area with many stopping by for a visit as they forage through the vegetation for some scrumptious food. A favourite spot is at the entrance of the camp and in the water of the Boro River in front of the camp. Guests have been spotting them playing in the water as they try to cool down. There are also a few breeding herds on the concession with plenty of young little elephants running around. Other sightings this month include lions, buffalo, hyena, zebra, impala and a few elusive leopards.

 


sightings - January 2014

It is evident from the surrounding areas that we've entered green season. The bush is painted in a beautiful array of greens and colour as summer flowers bloom. The days are warm and sunny with short afternoon thundershowers followed by clear skies, ending the day in some of the most spectacular sunsets ever seen. Plains game are plentiful and guests spotted zebra's, impala, elephants as well as lions, leopard and hyena's. Our guides also spotted two male giraffe's fighting - this behaviour is shown as they try to prove their strength to the other males in the area.


Sightings - December 2013

Newborn mammals are almost everywhere with plenty of young antelope running around. There are still great sightings of the rare migratory.  At the same time the predator viewing remains great and you never know what you will see on your next game drive. Evening drives are particulary exhilirating as most of the nocturnal animals are out and about looking for their next meal and ensuring great sightings the predators ready for action.


Sightings - November 2013

The first rains have arrived and many of the antelope have started birthing. This means the predators are out and about as their next meal is easier to find. Our guides and guests spotted two lionesses killing a warthog as well as eight adult wild dogs trying to kill a wildebeest calf - luckily the calf's mother was close by to defend him and eventually the wild dogs gave up their meal. We also spotted a pride of five female lions killing two buffalos, one right after the other -  first they got hold of a female buffalo followed by her young calf.                                                                                                              


sightings - october 2013

This time of the year sees many migrant bird species return to the area in search of warmer climate. From now until March guests can spot many of the 550 species of birds in the area including African skimmers, wattled crane, egrets, African jacanas, bee-eaters, lilac-breasted rollers, pygmy geese and the shy Pel's fishing owl. October saw an increase in lion and buffalo sightings. Highlights this month include guests seeing two male lions fighting - these encounters are usually very vocal and sometimes end with one of the lions getting injured. We also spotted female lions chasing a warthog. Luckily the warthog made it back to his burrow and safety, at least for now.

 


sightings - september 2013

This month our expert guides were able to spot an array of plains game including impala, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and buffalo. Herds of elephants are never too far from camp and the nearby hyena dens have a few young and curious pups. These spotted hyenas also known as laughing hyenas can be heard most evenings. They are very successful hunters but also opportunistic animals and may scavenge from time to time.