Photo of the Day
|Happy New Year!!!|
1 x leopard (Kuhanya female) – Motswari, Airstrip
1 x leopard (Mbali female) – Jaydee, Jaydee Airstrip
6 x buffalo bulls – Karans, Majumbi Dam
1 x breeding herd of elephant – Motswari, Northern Access
2 x white rhinos – Peru, Dagga Boy Rd
1 x leopard (Mbali female) – Jaydee, Airstrip
5 x lions (Xakubasa Pride) – Vielmetter, Hide Dam
1 x breeding herd of elephant – Motswari, Xanatsi Dam
1 x elephant bull – Motswari, Xanatsi Dam Link
1 x elephant bull – Argyle, Argyle Dam
Wow, it is almost hard to believe that 2010 has come and gone! And what a year it has been, not only for Motswari, but for South Africa as whole.
Without doubt, the biggest news of 2010 was the amazing job that South Africa did in hosting the best FIFA soccer world cup ever! It was a truly ‘Proudly South African’ moment, and one that the whole country can be very proud of!
Closer to home, Motswari also had a very special year, especially on the animal front. No doubt the stars of the year were the White Lions of the Timbavati that arrived at the end of 2009, but proved that they were here to stay during 2010! The leopard population continued to grow with both Rockfig Jnr and Nthombi having cubs of their own that entertained guests throughout the year. Like wise, in the north, Argyle Jnr continued her amazing run of parenting by raising another two cubs through the first year of their life. Other leopards like Kuhanya and Nkateko matured and moved on; Kuhanya ahs taken up residence around the lodge, while sadly Nkateko moved very far south of our traversing area and has set up her territory in another reserve.
The last of the Sohebele lionesses was killed, leaving the three young Sohebele males alone, and without a home. The continued presence of the Mahlathini males during 2010 meant that the young Sohebeles had to move out of the area, and while we don’t seem them too often, they are doing extremely well for themselves, against all odds, and now occupy our remote eastern sections.
|Sundowners at Argyle Dam|
|Godfrey putting on a look of sophistication (drinking Coke from a wine glass!)|
|The Rangers: Petros, Patrick, Marka, Difference, Godfrey, Herald and Chad|