This week has most certainly been all about the cats and dogs of Sabi Sabi! We hope you enjoy this week’s safari highlights…
We have had regular sightings of two different packs of African Wild Dogs. Both with heavily pregnant alpha females who are no doubt searching for den sites for their next litter of pups.
A pack of about 7 to 8 wild dogs and a clan of about 9 spotted hyenas were fighting next to one of the well-used watering holes. Read all about this epic sighting in Steff’s blog, Clash of Clans.
There has been a lot of activity on the lion front this past week and it seems the two young Talamati males have settled with the Southern Pride, but only time will tell if the two males decide to stick around. In our last sighting of the 6 lions, they were hot on the heels of a herd of Cape Buffalo but they never managed to secure a meal. At least their confidence is growing and with 2 more mouths to feed, the prey needs to be sufficient.
The highlight of the week was when Kevin and his guests were spending some time with a rhino and calf when all of a sudden 2 young male lions popped out from the bush showing a keen interest in the calf… Read more about the sighting here.
Staying with the cats, we enjoyed numerous sightings of the White Dam male. We located him resting beneath a tree in which he had a young impala kill. He had not started feeding yet but there were some hyena lurking around in the hopes of some scraps that might fall when he does start feeding.
Maxabeni male leopard was seen finishing off his impala kill earlier this week, before making his way to a waterhole to quench his thirst.
An exciting sighting and a first for Louise – a beautiful Barn Owl!
Although being perceived as one of the most dangerous animals in the African bush, buffalo do seem gentler when feeding and going about their own business.
We made it to a nearby waterhole just in time to watch this large herd of elephants enjoy a much-needed drink as a family group.
Greater Painted Snipe – a very rare water bird photographed at the Bush Lodge wetland with an African Wattled Lapwing in the foreground.
Grey Heron early morning fishing.
Two large Elephant bulls were having a push around.
Until next time…