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Ferocious teeth. An icy glare that speaks of murder. And an armoured bodysuit made of scales.
Nobody wants to mess with a crocodile.
The crocodile is an intriguing, calculating killer and always a thrilling sighting for UmlaniÂ guests in theTimbavati Game Reserve. They are brutal, skilled hunters and so stealthy. Even at their sometimes massive sizes, they can go along undetected just beneath the water’s surface. One of the scariest characteristics of crocodiles is this ability to surprise.
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Umlani guests Callie Heller and Cynthia Rivera tell us their incredible story of their first night in Africa, spent in our treehouse.
We hadn’t even known about the treehouse on Umlani’s grounds, much less planned ahead and booked a night there, before we checked in. In the spirit of the safari adventure, though, when we were told it would only be available our first night, we jumped at the chance to spend a night under the African stars. Neither of us could begin to imagine what was in store.
There is never a dull moment in the Timbavati wilderness.
The incredible wildlife sightings that Umlani Bush Camp guests and guides have been spoilt to lately are testament to that.
Here are 5 of the most amazing recent animal sightings captured in photos:
1) White Lion Romance
Recent Umlani guest, Annie Adam, shared her photos of the most amazing lion sighting. Not only did she and the other guests enjoy seeing one of the rare white lionesses close up on a game drive, but they were also treated to front row seats to that lioness and one of the mighty male’s mating.
Thanks Walkers Camp for the sighting.
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!
View the full report and the images here.
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!
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