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January has been a very busy and hot month for us and all our visitors have shared in some amazing experiences with the guides out in the bush and with the team in the camp...
Sightings in general were very good with high numbers of Plain's Zebra, Giraffe, Blue Wildebeest, the omni-present Impalas and the likes of Kudu, Warthog and loads of birds making visits to the African bush ever so special!
The "Ross" pride spent large portions of the month visiting on our and our neighboring property. They killed a Buffalo cow and a calf and remained inactive in the same proximity for nearly a full week digesting their rather large meal. This pride of 9 individuals are spending more time in the Timbavati on our traversing and we hope they soon decide to frequent this vacant area.
The single "Machaton" lioness was seen on a few occasions by herself and a couple of times she joined the "Mbhande" coalition of two males. Our hope is that this lioness has another opportunity to raise cubs in the East of our traversing to give the once mighty "Machaton" pride a chance to regain momentum for survival.
Some of our guests were very lucky to see the one White lioness from the "Giraffe" pride with a rather large male. There were reports during that morning that some have actually witnessed them mating!
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October game viewing was unbelievable with regular sightings of leopards, elephants and wild dogs being the highlights!
The "Marula" leopardess and her two cubs are thriving and has been found on kills frequently through the month, a few times close to camp even!
"Rockfig jr" and her cub spent a lot of time on Umlani's property and one sighting stands out... While on an Impala kill, which was on the ground, a young Spotted Hyena showed up which sent both leopards up into the high branches! Mum with the remains of the kill off cource! The agility and power displayd left all the guests that witnessed it in absolute awe!
Lions were seen from time to time with the visiting Ross pride being the highlight.Â
The Ross lions came across from the Klaserie reserve for a visit and killed a giraffe in the West. The kill did not last long as there were many mouths to feed, 9 to be exact!
The Machaton lioness was seen with the Mbhande coalition a few times, but the good news is that she was seen moving cubs into a thicket toward the end of the month! Let us hope for good health and survival of the youngsters...
As per usual we had loads of elephants and Cape buffalo around and both species made regular appearances at the camp waterhole to keep guests entertained through the day.
The Wild dogs that denned on our property a while ago, came back for a few visits! Only three puppies remain, but with a healthy pack of 6 adults their chances of survival is looking good!
Thanks for reading! We hope to see you all again soon!
Spring has arrived and the flowers are releasing sweet scents all over the bush!
Sightings over this period in general is very good as the grass is still low and most of the trees have not grown leaves back again, making for slightly ‘easier’ viewing. The browsers are attracted by the flowers and the fresh buds of leaves about to grow back and this surely helps to maintain good quality sightings when looking for the predators as they keep an eye out where potential prey congregates.
Giraffe, Zebra’s, Wildebeest, Kudu, Baboon and Impala were the most common visitors at our waterhole and good numbers of general game frequented our traversing.
The month left us with some entertainment and logistical challenges when the rivers came into flood after some well needed rainfall. The coming winter will be amazing after the rain preparation earlier in the month.
Sightings in general have been superb with vast amounts of Plain’s Zebra, Giraffe, Blue Wildebeest and the Omni-present Impala decorating the backdrops during game drives.
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