We have had some nice rainfall this past week, which is much-needed before we enter the dry winter season in the coming months.
After hearing that the Southern Pride had been located, we made our way over and discovered them huddled under a small yet lush African Wattle.
The Southern Avoca males made an appearance this week as they slept on an open area as the sun was setting. As soon as it became dark and the temperature cooled down, they were on the move, in the direction of the herd of buffalo and managed to successfully take down a buffalo calf.
Staying with the cats, the leopards have been out in full force again this week.
Maxabeni lay in a Marula tree with two impala kills – one in the tree and one on the ground below. And not too far away, the Msuthlu female was using a Marula tree as a vantage point. She sat beautifully up in this tree giving us an awesome sighting. A few days later the pair were seen again, this time mating.
After making our way towards Little Bush Camp to follow up on the Kigelia female who’d been seen in the area a day or two before, we were happy to hear she had just been located resting atop a large boulder and later proceeded to quench her thirst at a nearby seasonal pan.
A couple of days later, we again came across Kigelia and the White Dam male who were mating before disappearing into some dense vegetation.
There are many incredible species that call Sabi Sabi home. The serval, (Leptailurus servalis), being one of the rarest to see. This medium sized cat has incredibly long legs to help it hunt in long grass and specializes in hunting ground birds by swatting them out of the sky as they attempt to take off.
Just as one of our morning safaris was coming to an end, we came across some African Wild Dog tracks. A short while later we were sitting watching as the pack rested in the shade. We were treated to quite the show as the pack excitedly engaged in a greeting ritual when a previously separated member of the pack re-joined them.
A Woodland Kingfisher perches above a dry riverbed, possibly in search of a meal.
Two Giraffe bulls were engaged in a small dispute, making use of bony protrusions on top of their heads in an attempt to establish dominance – this act is referred to as ‘necking’.
There’s no doubt as to who has the right of way here in the bush!
A Grey Heron missing out on dinner.
A Bateleur observing his surroundings high up from his Knobthorn Tree perch.
We noticed this bull elephant in the distance and decided to wait at the watering hole in the hope that he would make his way over.
It’s not hard to see why the Lilac-breasted Roller is a firm favourite amongst guests on safari.
A zebra foal surveys his new home with the vantage point gained from the top of an old termite mound. A wonderful time to be in the bush with all the new arrivals benefitting from all the rain we’ve had recently.