Monday morning started off with a lion roaring near the camp at about 4 am, but unfortunately we tracked the three Mahlathini male lions from right opposite the camp and off the property to the north. A bit further south, the large herd of buffalo had been relocated, still milling around the same area as the previous few days. There was the odd sighting of some elephant bulls, but it was the Nhlangula male rhino found on Vielmeter property that was the highlight of the morning. This male rhino was at least standing up today, but as with yesterday’s sighting, he was not overly active! Still, it was great to see him in the open and get some nice photographs of him.
In the afternoon, the wild dogs were found resting in the same place, and later got up and managed to kill an impala west of Karans camp. Godfrey was around and saw some of the feeding, I unfortunately missed the action, although I did bump into a few members of the pack on the way home, but as it was dark, I didn’t follow them. Only four members of the Sohebele pride were seen in the same place they were left this morning, but they must have moved off, and I had no luck finding them later in the evening. The buffalo herd was found slowly moving towards Voël dam, and Steve also saw some lone buffalo bulls near the lions. Palence had four buffalo and a small herd of elephant drinking in front of the lodge just after we set off for drive. Palence also had a short sighting of Argyle Jnr female leopard, but she seemed nervous and was not pursued through the bush.
So, with lions, leopards, buffalo, rhino and elephant being ticked off over the last two days, we were all delighted, but to have the wild dogs around was a special treat, and we hope we can find them again tomorrow!