Photo of the Day
|Vyeboom Dam Male posing beautifully for us!|
(Chad and Elliot)
6 x lions (Jacaranda Pride – 2 females and 4 cubs) – Peru, Sohebele Dam
4 x buffalo bulls – Argyle, Lover’s Leap
1 x elephant bull – Karan’s – KNP Cutline
1 x leopard (Vyeboom Dam male) – Argyle, Crossing Below Vyeboom Dam
2 x leopards (Vyeboom Dam male and unidentified young male) – Argyle, Vyeboom Dam Wall
6 x lions (Jacaranda Pride – 2 females and 4 cubs) – Peru, Xinzele Rd
3 x lions (Mahlathini males with giraffe kill) – Peru, Xinzele Rd
3 x buffalo bulls – Argyle, Argyle Dam
The weekend started off on a fairly good note, with a lot of tracks for lions in the area; the problem was that this did its bit to confuse us; there were tracks for Mahlathini males, the two Jacaranda males and the Jacaranda females. Elliot was after the Jacaranda males and as I went to join him to assist, we received some news that other lions had been found not far away.
Prior to this, the morning was a fair one; impala, hyena, steenbok, kudu and hippo all showed themselves, as did two nice female giraffes.
The lions that had been located were the Jacaranda females and their cubs, in the riverbed just below Sohebele Dam wall , but annoyingly they got up and moved into the thickets on the eastern bank. Now thickets is a bit of an understatement. We were no more than 5m or 6m from them and could hardly see a thing – barely a sighting, but at least we knew were they were!
After coffee and four buffalo bulls at Lover’s Leap, we slowly made our way back to camp as the day heated up to the mid-30’s.
I was out alone in the afternoon, and received word that the tracks for ‘Mahlathini’ lions that the trackers went to follow up on ended up being tracks for the Jacaranda females heading back to Sohebele Dam, so they were left. It was thus a bit surprising to hear that the three males were found with a giraffe kill west of Sohebele Dam! Even more surprising was that the Jacaranda females and their cubs were about 300m away from the giraffe kill themselves, having eventually moved out of the riverbed.
After a few impala, buffalo and hippos, we went to see the Jacarandas and had a fairly nice sighting of the two lionesses in the open, with two of the cubs in the open and suckling from mom. The other two stayed under a bush in the shade.
|Buffalo bulls in Argyle Dam|