On one of our morning game drives recently, we tracked the Styx lion pride. Along the path, we could also see the tracks of their cubs. We followed these tracks for a good hour before we came upon the lions on a buffalo kill. The young ones were playing around while the females fed on
Winter is in full swing and the bush has changed. The trees are bare and the dust abundant. A few evenings earlier during dinner, we watched as a clan of hyenas snapped and harassed an injured old female buffalo near the waterhole. The injury she had sustained seemed to be a big enticement for the
These are exciting times as the Styx pride continues to grow. Two of the Styx lionesses have given birth to beautiful cubs. We are almost certain that the 3rd female will also be giving birth soon. So far we’ve only managed to see one of the female’s litter, which consists of three males and one
It is important to always stop and appreciate the sounds around you in the bush. On a recent morning safari, my guests and I had stopped for our morning coffee when our tracker, Norman, heard impala alarm calls not too far from where we were. We decided to leave our coffee and head towards the
The nyala is one of the many antelope species we find here at Arathusa. It is found in thicketed areas where it is known to feed mainly on leaves, but has been found to eat grass too. The nyala is also a very unique species with regards to its extreme sexual dimorphism (i.e. the differences
Typical of this time of year the bush is thriving with new life, within the impala population. Opportunistic predators will naturally take advantage of the extremely easy prey of new born lambs. In this ‘season of plenty’, Salayexe the leopard and her cub have been the subject of many incredible sightings for visitors to Arathusa.
As Mvula reaches the end of his dominance, he is slowly losing territory to his rival, Tingana. It is only a matter of time before he will be pushed out completely. Mvula enjoyed a lengthy dominance in this area, and has been very successful in furthering his blood line. His deteriorating state reflects his age,
A new coalition of males has recently moved into the Arathusa area. These 5 youngsters were very quiet at first, but once they had spent a few months on the reserve they became more comfortable and we could hear them calling once in a while. One afternoon we were sitting with the lions as they
The afternoon was hot and sticky as we haven’t had much rain. A lot of the animals have taken up residence at the waterhole to keep cool and hydrated. We were following a male and female leopard, Tingana and Karula, who were stalking a very injured and obviously exhausted buffalo towards a small pan. The
Simply sitting on the deck at the lodge is always an enjoyable experience. Watching over the waterhole reveals countless animal species, including birds around the water’s edge, impala, waterbuck and hippos splashing as they enjoy the hot summers day. It was on one such afternoon that the open area erupted with a herd of about
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