The Londolozi staff all love nature. Everyone living and working here is fascinated by its intricacies and the relationships it contains. Any time there’s a sighting – no matter how seemingly minor – within the camp or visible from camp, the radio will go, informing anyone who’s interested to make their way for a look.
A day or two ago, our Head of Procurement and Londolozi Sommelier, Kim Drake, called me to say she had found a tree agama laying eggs up in the village if I wanted to try and document it.
Of course I immediately grabbed a camera and rushed out the door.
The Agama had decided to build its nest on the main pathway straight through the village centre, right next to the Ubuntu hut; the meeting place for all village discussions and the centre of village life.
Apparently females lay only a single clutch per year, so what we witnessed represents a serious investment for the agama.
I don’t know the exact incubation period for agama eggs but a general rule for lizards is well over a month and often closer to two. Come mid February we are going to have to watch our step on the village paths as hopefully there will be small agamas popping out of the ground, searching for the closest tree to climb…