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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!
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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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This month the lack of rain has really started to bite. The bush is very dry and it has meant that game viewing has been excellent as the animals focus their attention around the remaining waterholes – this of course includes Marco’s Dam and our waterhole opposite the bar. It has meant that our guests can sit back and relax with a cool drink on our deck and before too long they will be rewarded with animals coming to drink – or in the case of a group of 13 grumpy buffalo – sit right in the middle of the waterhole scowling at any animal – including elephants – that dare approach! It has been the amazing site watching ÂÂÂ interactions between different species – especially with the buffalo dominating the waterhole.
Whilst the Big 5 has been seen regularly on our drives this month I would like to focus on the hyenas. We were delighted to see two new, very black pups tottering around a new den site close to camp. This means that in a few months’ time there will be two more ‘naughty’ hyenas joining the rest that come into the camp nightly in the hopes of scavenging for scraps (usually without success as we try not to encourage this and have an efficient food waste disposal system) or chewing the odd chair or cushion!
Another very rare incident witnessed by our guests was four ambitious hyenas trying to kill a well protected young elephant calf. They really tried hard – this was very unusual to see- but the outcome was that the elephants successfully defended their baby. However, as a consequence, this particular group of elephants understandably has become extremely sensitive to the presence of hyenas. We know that they are around camp when we hear lots of screaming as the elephants are chasing the hyenas!
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