Beautiful sunrises, spectacular sunsets, and everything in between… We hope you enjoy the latest edition of “A Week in the Bush”.
Two male giraffe play fight to sort out dominance. They hit each other with the top of the head, aiming for the legs and when they connect, the blow can be heard from a long way off.
A massive herd of buffalo was seen on the reserve – large bulls on the outer edges of the herd; with this leucistic buffalo calf making its presence known in a herd of hundreds. This is a recessive gene that causes a lack of melanin giving the calf a white appearance.
An inquisitive hyena pulls into a sundowner stop to see if there is anything for him to scavenge on.
A vulture bedding down for the night on a dead tree watches the moon rise into the evening.
Impala rams give it their best go as the rutting season comes to an end.
It’s not often that we get to see these little fella’s, but Ally was lucky enough to find this Honey Badger scratching around for some grub in the rain.
After some light rain on safari, we drove around in the southern section of the reserve looking for any kind of animal. We found a young male cheetah looking for a possible meal but soon lost interest and lay down and groomed himself.
On our way back to Bush Lodge, we found fresh tracks of a female leopard and her cub. Although it was raining, we took a chance and followed for about 30 minutes before we found the mother, Scotia, resting on a termite mound. We waited patiently knowing that the cub would show itself sooner or later and so it did and put on a show for us! At the end of the day, patience does pay off!!!
One morning, we followed up on some tracks seen around Selati Camp. We were fortunate enough to find the young White Dam male leopard on the move and possibly looking for a meal. Because of the unseasonal rain we are receiving at the moment, he stuck to the road and didn’t venture into any long grass.
An unreal sighting as Xovonekela was found calling for the Tamboti female and the two started mating. This was very rudely interrupted by Scotia female who came in and caused all three of them to end up in a huge fight. Fortunately, the couple reunited and all was back to normal.
We found 4 female lions who we believe to be the Styx Pride with two male lions (Styx male and Nkuhuma male) moving around the reserve earlier this week, in search of a meal.
The following day, the same lions were lying around and waiting for the cover of darkness before setting off on the hunt.
Our Monochrome Monday selection from the week…
A Grey Heron stands as still as possible in the water waiting food to pass by.
This gentle play will one day be a fierce battle for competition.
The circle of life.
Walking with pride.
Ever alert. A young kudu bull listens attentively as he picks up on the sound of the camera shutter.
Don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd.
Until next time…