Welcome back to another edition of a week in the bush! Let’s show you what the magical bush had in store for us this past week.
It’s been a leopard week for sure!
The impressive N’weti male had a good week. From a distance he was spotted resting on his impala kill in a bare Marula tree. The party was soon joined by some hungry hyenas as well as a Bateleur eagle that perched not too far off.
Maxabeni has been around doing his usual – sleeping all day and some more but he eventually got up and started his patrols.
White Dam has had a bit of a rough week! After being seen territorial marking, the great leopard managed to take down a small zebra!! He then dragged his kill to the base of a tree and started feeding a little, but as the hyenas started to arrive he quickly realised that treeing this kill would be impossible and he unfortunately lost his prize to the hyenas.
Later in the week we spotted White Dam again, with things once again not going his way. He had made another kill, of what looked to be an impala, when once again the hyenas stole his prize! He was having none of it this time and managed to get it back but only for it to be stolen again by his father, Maxabeni – being older and witnessing the past interaction with these two, White Dam decided to wait this one out. We hope next week is a little better for him.
Eventually a triumph for White Dam – he was seen towards the end of the week mating with the Kigelia female.
Ntsumi appeared this week. This beautiful female was seen making her way through the grass to a waterhole, where she quenched her thirst and then rested under some trees.
A pleasant surprise to see the Scotia female. She was crouched down on the road and had her eye on a Grey duiker. As the duiker crossed the road, she lunged at it but narrowly missed. She then rested on a large rocky outcrop scanning her surroundings for other potential prey.
Shortly after leaving the lodge for safari, we found this lone female lioness having a nap on the roadside. She spent some time there before becoming active and moving off.
A large herd of buffalo made their way down to a waterhole for a drink. Little did they know that a lioness was hot on their trail but with her being alone she opted to chase a herd of wildebeest nearby but had no success.
A coalition of 4 male lions attempted bringing down an old buffalo bull, but with the help from other buffalo he managed to escape. The lions were still trailing the bachelor herd and might try their luck again.
General game sightings have been good this week.
The hyenas have been very successful. We heard some baboons alarm calling as well as the calls of excited hyenas. As we got closer, we found a few of them on a Blue wildebeest kill.
The cutest little face ever!
We had such a special moment when this herd of elephants moved hastily towards the watering hole where they all gathered around quenching their thirst.
A Southern white-faced owl.
A male ostrich struts his stuff.
A Dazzle of zebra having an afternoon drink.
Until next time…