Thursday, 30 December 2010

28th December: All Quite on the Western Front, Make that the Eastern Front To!

Pic of the Day.

Morning Drive.

Elephant ( 3 x Kambaku's) / Scholtz – Scholtz Access.
Elephant ( Breeding Herd) / Argyle – Long Road.
Lion ( 5 x XakuBasa) / Vielmieter – Back Nines.

Daily Synopsis.

Heading out on our guests final drive we were still in search of Rhino, getting desperate we headed to the Eastern border with the Kruger Park hoping to catch a unsuspecting migrant from the Park. Things did not look promising as where we once found tracks during the previous months, there were none. We even checked the Rhino middens and along territorial boundaries we knew of for recent signs of activity but as was with the tracks we came up empty handed. Our drive took us through some beautiful parts of the park that wound along the Sohobele River, so missing out on a Rhino went nearly unnoticed. We decided to visit the White Lion sighting to find out what happened over night and whetheror not the Mahlatini's did an about turn and in fact dispossessed the White Lions of their kill.. On our way back West we found tracks for the Mahlatini's, they had attempted to catch a Dagha Boy, after failing they continued their travels to the North East, good news for the White Lions. Before arriving at the sighting Herald had visited and found the Lions resting under the trees, the Hyena's took this as their cue to help themselves to a free meal. As stuffed and suffering indigestion as they were, the Lions were having none of it, stalking and chasing the Hyena's from the kill. On one occasion they chased six Hyena directly at Heralds vehicle, not looking where they were going it appeared they would run right into the side, only turning at the last moment to avoid an embarrassing collision. I bet it got his guests adrenaline pumping. While we were there they were back to being typical cats and sleeping off the mornings excitement.

We wait and see how long they stay at the kill as there was a fair amount of meat left. The Southern stations did mention that they had tracks for two male Lions, more than likely the Timbavati Males, heading straight North. The attention the kill was receiving from the many Vultures and Hyena's was sure to have given away the secret and the location. We are sure it will only be a matter of time before the White Lions receive some unwanted visitors.

Chad will keep you posted of the outcome when he arrives back from leave, as Jacky and I will unfortunately be taking our leave over the next week. So, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2011! Thank you all for your support during this past year and we hope to see you all in the New Year.

The Motswari Gang.

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