Tuesday, 29 January 2013

28 Jan - Back on blog!

 Morning Drive
(Chad, Giyani, Petros, Herold & Andrea)

Leopard (Argyle Jnr’s Boy) / Motswari – Mostwari airstrip
Lion (x1 Mabande male and 1 female) / Tanda Tula – Mopani Link
Elephant (breeding herd) / Java – Java Dam Access
Elephant (2 Kambaku) / Java – Broad Street
Elephant (Kambaku) / Vielmetter – Nyosi Crossing
Buffalo (1 Daghaboy) / Vielmetter – South of Sweetwater Pan

Afternoon Drive
(Giyani, Petros, Herold & Andrea)

Lion (x1 Mabande male and 1 female) / Tanda Tula – Mopani Link
Elephant (Breeding Herd) / Java – Java Dam Access
Elephant (Breeding Herd) / Karans – Old Closed Road
Elephant (Breeding Herd) / Karans – Karans Southern Access
Elephant (1 Kambaku) / Motswari – Wedge/Ingwelala Boundary
Buffalo (2 Daghaboys) / Java – Back of Java
Buffalo (Breeding Herd) / Motswari – Shlaralumi Access

Hello everyone! Okay, so we didn't see cheetah today but it was such an exciting sighting yesterday, I had to share it with you again. Wow though – what a busy morning, and rather rushed to say the least. The animals seemed to be as far spread out as they could possible be. I headed south, finding a herd of elephant on the way. With off roading still pretty limited, most of what we saw was through the trees. The southern stations invited us to go see lion, and of course we took them up on the offer. It was the collared male and 1 female. They were flat cat when we arrived but after a while got up and moved. We were even lucky enough to see them mating, although they hid themselves behind some Grewia bushes – clearly wanting a bit of privacy.

It was while some of us were far down south on Tanda Tula that Giyani found Argyle Jnr’s boy leopard up on MOstwari airstrip. So, after a quick drinks and a mad rush back up north we got to see him briefly before he ducked off into thick mopane.

The afternoon was a true elephant afternoon with ellies popping out all over the place. Other than that, animals were rather quiet – Giyani found two buffalo on Java and right at the end of the night, I found a herd of buffalo which we will jst have to follow up on in the morning. Elephants are never a disappointment though so we were all pretty content!

Amazing evening sky

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