Photo of the Day
|Makepisi male in the shadows|
(Chad, Grant, Herold and Shaddy)
2 x rhinos (2 semi-relaxed males)
2 x elephant bulls – Motswari, Hanger Rd
1 x elephant bull – Argyle, Long Rd
1 x breeding herd of buffalo – Peru, Illegal Crossing
1 x breeding herd of buffalo – Motswari, Xinatsi Dam
2 x buffalo bulls – Motswari, Ingwelala Crossing
(Chad, Grant, Herold and Shaddy)
1 x leopard (Makepisi male) – Java, Broad Street
2 x rhinos (relaxed females)
1 x breeding herd of buffalo – Peru, Lion Pan Rd
2 x buffalo bulls –Motswari, Xinatsi Dam
2 x buffalo bulls – Vielmetter, Elephant Dam
5 x buffalo bulls – Vielmetter, Western Nhlaralumi
1 x buffalo bull – Peru, Argyle Rd
1 x breeding herd of elephants – Vielmetter, Elephant Dam
1 x breeding herd of elephants – Jaydee, Makulu Rd
1 x breeding herd of elephants – Jaydee, Double Highway
1 x breeding herd of elephants – Mbali, Garage Rd
1 x elephant bull – Peru, Peru Entrance
2 x elephant bulls – Motswari, Xinatsi Dam Rd North
The morning saw us all looking for the return of some lions, so heading to the north-west seemed to be our best chance of picking up the Jacarandas...well, that was until Grant found out that they were tantalisingly close to Argyle Rd, but just out of view on a kudu kill – in the same spot they had killed a baby giraffe a day earlier west of Ntsiri Airstrip! The good news is that the one white lioness is with them, and the other white lioness and tawny cousin are apparently united with a young male of a similar age, eating a buffalo in the Klaserie – so while we might not have our lions, at least they are doing well and we are ever hopeful of their return!
Starting with two lone elephant bulls and impalas near the lodge as I tried to track a herd of buffalos, the morning seemed positive as I slowly drifter towards Vyeboom dam; that was a picturesque sight with the brewing clouds in the west, but my favourite sighting was that of all the birds gathered below the dam wall to feast on the large number of fish stuck in drying pools below the dam wall – fish eagles, little egrets, great white egrets, marabou storks, grey herons, pied kingfishers and more, all of which were relishing this bounty, and seldom missing a fish – like shooting fish in a barrel I guess?
|Scenery and wonderful birds at Vyeboom Dam - Marabou storks and pied kingfishers|
|Two new male rhinos|
It didn’t take us long to locate on a herd of buffalo that we began tracking as they bathed in the mud wallows that Makepisi male leopard normally frequents, but as he was still at the little remains of the kill, we knew he wouldn’t pop up! The herd seemed rather nervous and soon moved off.
|Buffalo herd wallowing in the mud to help with the irritating midges|
Heading back to camp saw us ticking off giraffe, waterbuck and impalas, as well as the tail-end of a herd of buffalo at Xinatsi Dam – the same herd that eluded us this morning!
|Buffalo herd leaving Xinatsi Dam|
Resuming drive, we ticked off waterbuck and impala near Argyle Dam and then headed south. Herold and Difference worked their magic and somehow spotted Makepisi male leopard resting under a fallen tree some distance from where he had finished his kill in the morning. He was still relaxing there when I arrived.
|Makepisi male leopard|
On Java Airstrip, we had a nice herd of impalas with a zebra that we spent time with, before making our way further south.
|Impala and a lone zebra|
|Elephant without a tail dustbathing|