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
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,
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
On a recent afternoon drive, we came across Shadow busy ‘on the prowl’. Despite repeated attempts, we could not see what she was hunting as the bush was dense and visual clarity was compromised. But she was definitely hunting something, as she gradually slunk lower and lower as she slowly stalked her prey. Then, with
It’s impressive to see that our territorial leopards, Tingana and Shadow, are maintaining their strong bond. The Anderson male leopard has been pushing so much further into Tingana’s territory. As a result of this pressure, Tingana is moving further away from Shadow’s area, which isn’t good news for her cub Madiba. We are not worrying
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 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
Image by guest Carine Lacombe We have some great news about Thandi the female leopard. She has, once again, given birth to two new cubs here in the northern Sabi Sand Reserve. We realised about 5 weeks ago that she had given birth, but did not know the exact area where she had hidden her
Working in the northern Sabi Sand Game Reserve as a guide is truly a treat. One of the aspects that make this place really special is the leopard sightings that we get to experience, pretty much every day. The distinctive colouring and patterns on the leopard’s coat makes it easy for this majestic cat to
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