Photo of the Day
|Kissing waterbuck :)|
(Chad and Herald)
2 x lions (Machaton Lionesses) – Tanda Tula, Sunset Rd
1 x lion (Machaton Lioness) – Kings, Cheetah Plains
1 x leopard (Rockfig Jnr Female) – Kings, Hyena Rd
1 x breeding herd of buffalo – Mbali, Aardvark Rd
1 x breeding herd of buffalo – Java, Java Dam Access
1 x breeding herd of buffalo – Vielmetter, Hyena Den Rd
5 x elephant bulls – Motswari, Trough Rd (on walk)
(Chad, Grant, Johannes and Herald)
1 x leopard (Shongile’s Brother) – Argyle, Lover’s Leap
1 x breeding herd of buffalo – Peru, Sohebele Dam
1 x breeding herd of elephant – Motswari, Wedge River Rd
1 x breeding herd of elephant – Motswari, Sharalumi Eastern Access
1 x breeding herd of elephant – Motswari, Xinatsi Dam Rd West
1 x breeding herd of elephants – Peru, Flooded Crossing
1 x elephant bull – Motswari, Southern Access
1 x elephant bull – Motswari, Camp
1 x elephant bull – Motswari, Trough
Following last night’s 6.5mm of rain, we awoke to a cloudy and chilly morning, and one that didn’t really warm up much until after midday, but it was still a very enjoyable day at Motswari, and proof that my luck is changing!
The morning started off with me checking the usual spots around the north for any sign of leopard, or anything else, but the cool weather seemed to be keeping many of the animals in hiding, and we only ticked off impala and a troop of baboons around Argyle Dam.
The southern stations had found the Machaton lionesses, and kindly invited us down to go and see them, so Herald and I slowly made our way south – my intention anyway – also half hoping that the tracks for wild dogs would turn into a sighting.
Herald followed up on tracks for some buffalo, and soon found a large breeding herd resting north of Java Dam, and as if that was the sighting that opened the “buffalo tap”, buffalo herds were being called in all over the northern traversing area! I found a herd south of Sohebele Dam, Herald another on Vielmetter, and three other herds were called in within a very short space of time!
I carried on towards Hide Dam, seeing many more impala and some warthogs before a welcome cup of coffee at Hide Dam. Following that I headed down towards Cheetah Plains for the one Machaton lioness and the four bigger cubs, only to hear that the cubs had disappeared down into the Machaton Riverbed. I carried on, having no luck finding any further signs of the wild dogs, and spotted the lionesses lying in the open at a distance, but as we arrived, she got up and went and plopped herself in amongst a thick of small guarri trees, and we were left with a 1 out of 5 sighting. Oops!
I then decided to rather chance my arm with the other two lionesses, and did manage to relocate them sleeping near Sunset Plains (which was full of impala and warthogs) and enjoyed a better visual of them, besides the fact that they were ‘flat cat’ and didn’t do anything exciting.
We started making our way back to the lodge, but got interrupted when Petros pointed out a leopard up a tree. Oh darn! Dont you just hate it when that happens? Anyway, we decided to stop and admire her for a while; “her” being the beautiful Rockfig Jnr. She was looking immensely fat – no doubt having eaten well the last few days, but also possibly one month pregnant I was told by the southern stations. Let’s hope so! Either way, she was not in the mood to do anything too strenuous, and simply lay there posing for us in the marula tree. We eventually pulled ourselves away and headed back to camp finding some giraffe and a few smaller things along the way.
|Rockfig Jnr - Looking more and more like her mom!|
On walk we found a group of elephant bulls, but they were quite steadily mobile, so we didn’t get too close to them.
In the afternoon, I took it very easy in the north, and tried to see if there was any sign of Argyle Jnr female leopard and her two cubs that had been seen north of the camp in the morning, but I had no luck of any sign of her, although we did find two nice breeding herds of elephants in the area, and got to spend some nice time watching them feeding right next to our vehicle!
The baboons were on Argyle Dam again, and having a big domestic dispute!
|Breeding herd of elephants|
|Baboons on Argyle Dam|
|Photogenic herd of waterbuck|
|Impala and waterbuck|
|What a way to end the day!|