I have thus decided to share with you all a few of my images and sightings over my last various trips to Motswari since I stopped working almost a year ago!
My next trip up was in June, and while I actually stayed at my family’s place on Ingwelala next door to Motswari, I still managed a couple of drives at Motswari.
The first of which was pretty special! It started off with hearing that Argyle Male leopard had been found that morning with a large warthog kill 100m from the lodge, on the rocks behind the dam wall, so it was a great way to start the drive with a leopard after only 5 minutes! He was however understandably sleeping for the early afternoon, so I made the decision to go far south to see the Machaton lions that were found north of Impala Dam. It took us a while to get there, and besides a nice breeding herd of elephants, there wasn’t a great deal else. As I was just with some friends, and wanting to get into the lion sighting last, I didn’t mind too much, and despite their sarcastic comments, they soon forgot about the long trip down when, as we drove into the sighting, the one Timbavati Male and two Machaton lionesses all started roaring a few metres from the Land Rover! It was quite something, and when a fourth lion answered from the south, the pride got up and moved in that direction, eventually reuniting with the third lioness.
|Timbavati Male with his impala kill|
|Young Jacaranda Pride|
|Hyena stealing bones from the Jacaranda lions' buffalo kill|
|A Jacaranda lioness - also the Grandmother of the White Lions|
|Argyle Jnr Female stalking impala|
|Female Cheetah at Nkombi Pan|