Saturday was World Lion Day! A big thanks to our trackers for their sharp eyes and keen senses in helping us find these magnificent creatures!
We found tracks of a female leopard and shortly after found Scotia resting on a termite mound. She later moved down to the entrance of a warthog burrow to escape the morning sun.
Kigelia was seen high up in a Jackalberry tree where she was having a rest after consuming a large part of her duiker kill. The following day we had another sighting of her until she disappeared into some dense bush.
After being in an altercation with what we believe might have been another male leopard, Maxabeni managed to catch a warthog which he fed on during the weekend.
Not for sensitive viewers!
After being active for most of the evening, the Xovonekela male leopard decided it was time for a nap as the heat of the day was soon approaching.
Five lions enjoyed a peaceful nap until a herd of elephants decided to chase them away.
A couple of days later the lions were split, but not far from one another.
Two young Talamati male lions were resting on top of a termite mound but soon got active to try and join up with the rest of the pride, who were napping on one of the open plains.
We also got to celebrate World Elephant Day this week. We are so fortunate to view these gentle giants almost daily as they go about their daily routines in their natural environment.
Not one, but TWO sightings of Honey Badgers this week!!
In the first – after departing for game drive this morning, we came across two Honey Badgers in a dry riverbed. The one was on security watch while the other was looking for food.
In the second – Frederik and his guests could not believe their eyes when they saw this Honey Badger next to the road, digging and scratching around for food.
A beautiful African Green Pigeon went to quench its thirst at a nearby watering hole.
Things aren’t always black and white. Unless you’re a zebra. These beauties were approaching a waterhole with caution as the smell of lions in the area still lingered from a few days back.
Dead trees are as much of an important part of the environment as the living, providing homes for a myriad of different species from squirrels to snakes to nesting birds as well as providing important perches for large birds of prey to survey their surroundings.
A young Smith’s Bush Squirrel having an early morning snack as it warms up in the sun after a cold evening.
Reaching a shoulder height of up to 1.7meters and weighing up to 270kg, this Waterbuck bull took a moment to glance at us whilst grazing.
We were thoroughly entertained as a few hyena cubs were playing around with an impala horn.
A lone buffalo bull makes his way to a nearby water source to cool down.
This Giraffe bull proudly posed for a photo.
An Egyptian Goose welcomed us at one of the watering holes.
A zebra stallion getting a deep clean.
A pair of African Hawk Eagles warming up in the early morning sun.
Until next time…