Diary Archive: August 2013

Exceptional Wildlife Sightings at Joy’s Camp

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What a great few months we’ve had here at Joy’s Camp!

It’s been a high season packed with incredible wildlife sightings – 6 lions on a giraffe kill, bat-eared foxes and striped hyena seen almost daily, the stunning sightings of a caracal, a civet cat seen regularly, the secretive and rare William’s lark often spotted on the lava plains, huge buffalo herds of over 200 and, most excitingly, the amazing discovery of an aardwolf den with pups!

Aardwolf at Joy's Camp
Aardwolf at Joy's Camp

The aardwolf is one of the most elusive species – resembling a thin striped hyena, but with a more slender muzzle, sharper ears, black vertical stripes on a coat of yellowish fur, and a long, distinct mane down the midline of the neck and back. 

Have a look at these – can you spot the species?

Aardwolf at Joy's Camp
Aardwolf at Joy's Camp

All these shots have been taken by our recently set up trail camera to record movements, especially of our nocturnal visitors! As you can see we’ve had some incredible shots taken within the first few weeks: 1. Striped Hyena, 2. Leopard, 3. Porcupine, 4. Aardwolf, 5. African Wild Cat, 6. Civet!

Shaba is drying up now following the rains earlier this year. Fortunately here at Joy’s Camp we have a natural spring in front of us – a real oasis for Shaba’s wildlife and a very popular spot at the moment, where a few nights ago we heard a lion killing a buffalo while sitting at the bar and enjoying our G&Ts with Stefano and Liz!

Views from the bar at Joy's Camp
Views from the bar at Joy's Camp

On another note we wanted to say a huge ‘karibu’ to our two new guides – Arnold and Abdi. Arnold holds a Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA) bronze level and also holds an Animal Trailing Certificate and the Level 1 FGASA (Field Guides Association of South Africa). Abdi, a KPSGA bronze guide, is currently studying for his KPSGA Silver Level. We wish Abdi all the best with his studies and with his exam later this year.

Our warmest wishes to you all,

Karl & Sally

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