Temperatures are dropping and the night sky is visible for longer. If this time of change can’t be felt, it most definitely can be seen. Although some late rains have produced a last flush into winter, leaves are now falling and the luminescent green of the landscape has begun shifting to shades of brown, gold and yellow.
People often ask what season or time of year is best to visit and quite frankly there isn’t one. Every season holds different elements of attraction and fascination. There are aspects of summer I love equally in comparison to winter. Summer is becoming a thing of the past though and winter is fast approaching. There are multiple things I so look forward to and I can assure you you should too:
Early morning game drives, wrapped in layers of warmth as we embark on the morning’s adventure to discover what stories there are to be told from the night before. Valleys filled with mist set the scene and mystery.
It’s a time of straw yellows, golden light and mottled shades of brown. A perfect blend of a leopard’s rosettes and the tawny coat of a lion.
Cooler temperatures allow for longer game viewing as animals will stay active for a good part of the morning only seeking shade near midday.
It’s a time where the night sky lights up the land and the starry spectacle is one that leaves you speechless. A time for star photography and tales of the flickering lights above us.
The cold air allows for the lion’s roar to travel further. The steam filled bellows reverberate through the vehicle and fill the evening’s atmosphere, setting the tone for the night ahead.
Evening air is filled with the smell of the potatobush. A near identical smell to that of roasting potatoes. A smell that increases our hunger in anticipation for the warm, fire-filled boma and hearty dinners.
It’s a time of light. Sunsets and sunrises have never been so spectacular and its warmth never more pleasing when it breaks the horizon at dawn.
Vegetation thins and the Sand River becomes a life-line; its importance to this diverse landscape becomes evident, often providing a spectacle of drinking and playing activity with herds of elephants.
There are simply too many things to look forward to in the winter. Keep following the Londolozi blog over the next few months for just a taste…