Sunday, 3 June 2012

1st & 2nd June – Hello Winter!

On This Day

Kuhanya resting near a kill on our airstrip - 2nd June 2011

1st June Morning Drive


1 x leopard (Nthombi female) – Vielmetter, Western Sharalumi

2 x elephant bulls – Jaydee, Nkombi Pan

1st June Afternoon Drive


9 x lions (Machaton Pride – 3 lionesses and 6 young males) – Umlani, Marco’s Dam

2 x leopards (Nthombi female and cub on impala kill) – Vielmetter, Western Sharalumi

1 x breeding herd of elephants – Peru, Elephant Crossing

2nd June Morning Drive


1 x breeding herd of buffalos – Motswari, Sharalumi-Ingwelala Boundary

3 x elephant bulls – Motswari, Sharalumi Access

2nd June Afternoon Drive


5 x rhinos

1 x breeding herd of elephants – Mbali, Java Dam Rd

Daily Synopsis

Herold has been driving about on his own the last couple of days, and sounds to have had some good quality sightings – clearly a case of quality over quantity!

He had made the long trip south one evening to see the Machaton Pride, stopping off to see Nthombi and her male cub that were now feeding on their fourth kill this week in the same dense block of land west of the Nhlaralumi!  Giyani and the Java guests actually got to witness the kill!

A breeding herd of buffalos was found just north of camp yesterday morning, and there were a couple of wonderful elephant herds over the last few days, but no doubt the highlight is the rapid habituation process that our crash of 5 rhinos is going through – no more running away, and now they approach the vehicles within 20-25m quite happily!  What a difference a month makes in the bush!

On the 2nd June 2010, i found not one, but two different packs of wild dogs!

Kuhanya resting near her kill on the airstrip, and trying to avoid the lurking hyenas - 1st and 2nd June 2011

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