|Rockfig Jnr female leopard|
1 x breeding herd of buffalo – Argyle, Great North Rd
1 x breeding herd of buffalo – Peru, Voel Dam Northern Access
3 x buffalo bulls – Jaydee, Madala Crossing
1 x buffalo bull – Peru, Hippo Rocky Rd
1 x breeding herd of elephant – Motswari, Sean’s Clearing
2 x elephant bulls (fighting) – Motswari, Sean’s Clearing
1 x elephant bull – Peru, Argyle Rd
1 x elephant bull, Peru, Voel Dam
3 x elephant bulls, Argyle, Argyle Rd
5 x lions (Xakubasa Pride) – Vielmetter, Hide Dam Northern Access
1 x leopard (Rockfig Jnr female) – Vielmetter, Crossing Below Entrance Dam
1 x breeding herd of elephant – Motswari, Hanger Rd
1 x breeding herd of elephant – Argyle, Argyle Dam
1 x elephant bull – Vielmetter, 2nd Sharalumi Crossing
1 x breeding herd of buffalo – Peru, Lily Pan Rd
1 x buffalo bull – Vielmetter, Elephant Dam
1 x buffalo bull – Peru, Sohebele Dam
The day started off with a nice, pleasant covering of clouds that kept the summer heat away until after breakfast. While the morning didn’t produce any sightings of large predators, it did provide for a lot of good large game sightings.
I spent the first part of the morning in the north looking for any signs of the wild dogs that had been reported the day before, but came up empty handed on that front. I did however find two separate breeding herds of buffalo wandering around. The second was making its way towards Voel Dam, but as they got within visual distance of the dam, they veered off to the east. There were also two separate, large elephant bulls in the area.
From there I headed south hoping to find any sign of rhino, but without any luck. The fact that Thumbela female leopard had been found in the far south also lured me there until she was lost. While I was in the south, Rockfig Jnr female leopard was then located, but she too was lost heading down into the Machaton Riverbed, and despite checking the area, I came up empty handed.
While there were several other groups of buffalo and elephant bulls around, the sighting of the morning definitely sounded to be the one that Godfrey had of two large elephant bulls, fully in musthe, having a full on fight next to his vehicle! Judging by the enthusiasm with which Godfrey recounted the story, it definitely must rank up there amongst his most memorable sightings!
|Xakubasa Pride sleeping and playing before going to steal Godfrey's table cloth!|
|Rockfig Jnr on the move patrolling and scent-marking|
|a young hyena at the Rockfig Clan's den site|