We caught up with guide Kyle MacIntyre to find out more about what guests can expect from a stay at Mapula.
“Until at least the end of this year, I would imagine.”
“The view on arrival, stepping out of the game viewer under a big shady Jackalberry tree and seeing the flood water pool in front of camp expanding into full view is special. Getting to camp by crossing a wooden bridge and being able to drive over islands and the dried up river valleys makes it an open area.”
“The area is further north and away from other camps and populated areas, making it isolated, especially with peak floods. We have to boat most supplies into camp from the northern main land.”
“It is exciting as it’s well known for having large buffalo herds which attract lions. There’s a coalition of four lions, and it’s been amazing to watch them following the herd’s scent on a full moon.”
“Most guests arrive wanting to see cheetah, wild dogs and leopard. Recently I was lucky enough to see my first two pangolins in a week, which might become a big new hope for guests on future arrivals.”
“The buffalo herds are often a surprise thanks to their large numbers. I’ve seen 200 recently passing on their circular routes two kilometres from Mapula. Civets, servals, genets and reed buck are being seen here coming back to camp after dusk.”
“Well, my first ever pangolin at the airstrip jetty during the day certainly did it for me! However, spotting a cheetah with four, three week old white fluff ball cubs was unexpected too.”
“It’s an area that has a flood lasting most of the year, which allows us to boat, mokoro, and ride in a hot air balloon or helicopter to see where the floods have occupied the wide, low lying reed and white sand land below. The waters meander amongst large mixed woodland islands with reedy and muddy soils around leadwood, clay with mopane and deep white sands around Kalahari apple leaf trees.”
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