This winter has been fairly temperate, and as the days warm up the bush is thinning quite nicely. This gives us a good clear view from the roads. Our morning started off beautifully, with sightings of herds of elephants, buffalo and a wide variety of general antelope species. We also got to see a lot
We have been enjoying great sightings of the two Matimba male lions of late. The brothers have been covering great ground, looking after their territory and keeping the Styx female lions confident in their dominance. Whenever the two brothers hear lion calls in the vicinity (both immediate and far), they move off immediately – often
With the tail end of a cold front passing through, the fresh breeze blowing all night resulted in a very brisk morning. After wake up calls, we were sipping our coffee and discussing plans for our morning drive. A few of our guests arrived, exclaiming excitedly about seeing a hyena. We rushed to the deck
It’s well known that lions and hyenas are not the greatest friends, and that there is no love lost between them. Male lions, specifically, seem to hate hyenas with a passion. On one of the night drives a few years ago, while sitting and enjoying the interaction between a few hyenas, a Majingilane male lion
While on a game drive recently, we came across the nine Breakaway lion cubs resting on a termite mound. As is typical of lion cubs, they were all too inquisitive of us. As we watched them in fascination, we could hear their mother calling from not so far away. We waited in anticipation of the
A fresh and brisk morning greeted us as a cold front blew through the area, making woolly hats and scarves a necessity. While enjoying our morning coffee and rusks at the morning’s designated coffee station, an impala ran across the open veld area at full speed. All went quiet, and it wasn’t long before we
We were fortunate to locate the leopards, Karula and Tingana, as the first sighting on one of our recent game drives. The two animals were about 10 metres away from the vehicle when we first noticed them, and were copulating every five minutes. After mating about three times, Tingana came up to lie in the
The fresh part of the morning was over, and the cool drainage lines were warming up nicely on the banks. We had viewed the Styx female lions enter the den site, and decided to hang around at a pan close by in the hope that they might bring out their youngsters for a bit of
Coming back from a very busy morning of exceptional game viewing, we came across 5 ground hornbills on the airstrip close to the camp. Approaching slowly so as not to cause any stress to the birds, we watched them from a comfortable distance as they moved across the strip looking for food. Ground hornbills are
We had an unexpectedly thrilling sighting. I had stopped the vehicle at a perfect spot to just admire the winter’s day sunset. While taking pictures, out of the thickets came one of the Styx female lionesses with a cub in her mouth. The cub was so small that the mother’s mouth almost covered it entirely.
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