The week started off pretty much where it ended last week, with another sighting of a male cheetah who had successfully killed an impala. This time around, he was successful in taking down a Common Duiker.
The three young Tsalala males are being seen on a more regular basis and were also successful earlier in the week in taking down a buffalo. They had their work cut out for them as they had to continuously chase away hyena who took any chance to steal a piece of the lion’s prize. At one stage, there were no less than 15 hyena trying their luck!
Keeping with the lions, the Southern Pride spent some days in the northern part of our reserve where they managed to get a small meal in the form of a warthog. Guests were treated to the entire hunt from the stalking, right up until the kill was made and enjoyed by the lions. They later moved back to their usual territory in the south of our reserve.
General sightings have been spectacular to say the least.
Here a female kudu was beautifully highlighted by the colours of the fading trees.
Frederik couldn’t resist photographing these giraffe as they were beautifully silhouetted by the setting sun.
These two young elephant bulls had a pushing match in the road as guides and guests looked in with great amusement.
This little group of Laughing doves were having a bath in one of our larger watering holes.
These two birds are often seen following large game, the Drongo on the left waits for insects chased up by the animal and swoops in and grabs them and the oxpecker eats ticks and other parasites off of the animals.
This male Impala watched with a beady eye as we drove past the herd he was currently the alpha of.
We had an interesting interaction with a Hammerkop who decided that beneath our vehicle was the best place to come search for a potential meal.
On the leopard front, we have been treated to more amazing sightings of the regulars seen on safari.
The Little Bush female was seen after a series of rasping vocalisation. She was not moving far, nor territorially marking, so could this mean that she is actively trying to seek out a male to mate with?
White Dam female was seen focused on a herd of impala who she tried to hunt but was unsuccessful in her attempt.
White Dam’s male cub tried in vain to steal his kill back from some hyenas.
The Kashane male has been making large circles around the area he currently inhabits looking for who we think is the Kelenge female.
Until next time…
Blog by Wendy Claase
Images by Kevan Dobbie, Frederik Aucamp, Pravir Patel, Sheldon Hooper and Terry Ennever