October 2013

Some good action taking place in and around camp that gets your adrenaline flowing!

To start off: Frequent sightings of large herds of elephants grouping together to have drink at the small watering hole in from of camp.

Watching them play & dig for water in the riverbed, hearing the deep rumblings and loud trumpeting while scrambling for a spot to drink! Untitled-1At night the calls of the spotted hyena, side stripped jackal and leopard while sitting around the camp fire, takes you to another place, and you think - this is AFRICA! When lying in bed listing to the rustling of the house Honey badgers saying hello! What more could you want? One early morning around 04h00am the silence of the bushveld night was broken when a pack of wild dogs pulled down and killed an impala about 10 meters in front of one of our tents, the hyena’s heard the racket and they came in charging and laughing /growling and took the meal from the wild dogs! A few weeks after the wild dog vs Hyena evening, we had a heard of buffalo drinking at the small watering hole in front of camp.

We have been treated to a number of exceptional game sightings over recent weeks.

A family who was visiting us had a fabulous first night drive last month. They spotted a big male leopard and then ten minutes later another leopard on a hunt brought down an impala right in front of the vehicle only to be chased off his kill by seven hyena. The next day the family thought this couldn't possibly get any better, but on their morning drive they spotted a cheetah on a hunt followed by coffee at Sunset Dam with full view of lion and lioness mating on the dam wall, followed then by the arrival of a herd of approx 65 elephants. Very exciting! A few sightings of a pack of Wild Dogs, pups included has been particularly delightful over the last few weeks too. Although no rain yet things are looking a bit greener and impalas are looking very pregnant! Here are a few pictures of these sightings: