“What I stand for, is what I stand on.” ~ Wendell Berry
Another week has flown by and again it is time to share the past week’s highlights from safari…
The week started with, as always, a very welcome sighting of the 13-year old Kashane male, easily identifiable by his distinguished green/grey eyes!
We tracked down the Maxabeni male as he was going about his business marking territory before pausing and staring into the distance towards a hyena. Before we knew it, he had taken a chance on the hyena and stole a kill which he hoisted into a nearby tree. Shortly afterwards, the Ntsumi female arrived at the sighting, watching as her father fed on what we can only assume was her kill.
The young Mawelawela male made a brief appearance one evening before disappearing into the darkness.
It’s not always about capturing a leopard in its entirety as Kyle demonstrated here with this fabulous photo of the Msuthlu female as she rested in a tree with the sun setting in the distance.
Over the weekend we had sightings of two sub adults from the Southern Pride. We are unsure of the whereabouts of the other members, but it seems these two are doing quite well on their own.
The Mhangeni Pride comprising of 9 sub adult lions continue to be seen and were on the hunt. There are currently some large herds of buffalo on the reserve – a decent size meal for such a big pride. We watched as they hunted but sadly for the young lions, they were unsuccessful.
Wild dogs were seen in the week as Louise and her guests drove out of Earth Lodge.
There seem to be quite a lot of babies around at the moment – rhino calves, giraffe calves, buffalo calves – so a lot of cuteness and “aaaah” moments from guides and guests alike.
Until next time…