September is officially the start of Spring here at Sabi Sabi and the last push for animals to make it through the dry season before the first rains fall.
One of the cutest little animals we see on the reserve – hyena cubs! These hyena cubs were playing around their den site, chasing each other around.
A massive herd of Cape buffalo quenched their thirst at one of our watering holes before carrying on with feeding.
A beautiful Green-backed Heron was perched on a dead branch overhanging a watering hole.
A silhouette of trees in front of a gorgeous sunset.
Am I seeing double?
We went to go visit the hyena den site and was lucky enough to see the elder ones bring back what looks to be an old warthog carcass, possibly stolen off a leopard, or possibly hunted by themselves – we watched as the little ones got chance to feed as mom stood protecting.
A Plains Zebra glanced over the big savanna plain early one morning.
A bachelor herd of impalas were on high alert as the they were feeding in a dense bushy area.
We had a little bit of a roadblock during afternoon safari with a young elephant showing us who the road belonged to.
A Smith’s Bush Squirrel warming up in the morning sun on a crisp morning.
Ending the general sightings with a very special sighting by Kevin and his guests of 2 little Serval kittens playing around in the grass.
The lone Southern Pride lioness was seen over the weekend after having just made a kudu kill. No sooner had she started eating when a lone hyena approached and started making a commotion – attracting more hyenas. Not long after there was a battle for food between the hyenas and the lioness to which the lioness lost her hard-earned meal.
Despite this, she continues to do well and was seen recently resting with a very full belly!
Earlier in the week we managed to locate four male lions, who weren’t getting up to too much!
Maxabeni has been seen on a regular basis this week and his wounds seem to be healing quite well and not hampering him in any way.
After an intense tracking session we started to lose hope, when we heard some alarm calls from kudu, we headed straight to the area and found this female leopard on top of a termite mound, she then quickly moved into some dense bush for some time before crossing the road and carrying on looking for a potential meal.
We tracked the White Dam male for almost an hour, out on foot, and saw him leap for a warthog. We rushed back to the vehicle so we could bring our guests to see, but before the leopard could finish the kill, a hyena heard the commotion, rushed over and chased the leopard off the warthog and finished killing it. The leopard could only sit and watch from a distance while he groomed himself. What a tough week for him as 2 of his kills were stolen by hyena shortly after making a successful hunt!
The following day, White Dam managed to steal back some of his kill which he very quickly stashed up a Marula tree where it is now safe!
Until next time…