Last night we had great interaction between animals. Our four young lionesses had made a wildebees kill yesterday morning and where still feeding on it last night.
While they where feeding and lying with their bellies over full, jackals where hanging on the sides waiting for scraps or a chance to steel a peace of meat.
Then later on a other lioness showed up and was stalking the other four lionesses. She is bigger than the four they out numbered her and she just sat their with a sour drooling face.
By Johan Kruger
A sighting to remember.
On a lovely sunny spring morning driving on safari we had an experience that was really special.
We spotted four southern ground hornbills Bucorvus leadbeateri three adults and one immature; these are a really endangered species of bird, the same family as the common yellow-billed hornbill.(The same bird as zazu in the lion king movie.)
They feed on a great variety of prey including snakes, baby birds, insects, frogs, squirrels and different lizards including chameleons they live normally in in groups up to about 11 normally the breeding pair and about 9 sub-adults. They nest in tree hollows roughly 5m off the ground the nest is usually lined with dry leaves, the ground hornbill is found all the way from Kenya to South Africa. The total population is estimated at about
On this occasion we witnessed the large female bird eating a flap-necked chameleon. What a special sighting..
From Brett have a good day and see you in the bush
This morning was really beautiful on our way out on the drive we found some giraffe males busy play fighting while the sun were rising behind them, with the distant call of a Hyena ,that reminded us that the nocturnal nightlife where at a end.
We drove to one of the water holes to see what it holds for us n couple of warthogs was drinking while six hornbills were busy with there mating display calls, when my tracker saw white back vultures in the distance circling. We made our way to that direction.
When we got there after some searching we found a blue wildebeest carcass, it was a lion kill from the previous night abandoned by the lioness a perfect opportunity for scavengers to take over and eat it clean, we pended about 30 min watching while the vultures cleaned every peace of bone, one of the guest said I didn’t expect to see nature this beautiful.
By Richard Venter
A lion kill
Last night I spend about 2 hours looking for elephants, who were still up north in the reserve close to the Klaserie river. The first tracks I got led me even further north only to find out that the herd went back south towards the river. They changed their minds and headed south!! After a bit more tracking we finally found them resting themselves in the middle of the bush, where we could not properly view them. Very disappointing indeed, especially as we were losing the light.
Therefore we decided to try again in the morning, now we were going to look for the nocturnals. Luckily Steven, my tracker, has excellent eyes and not to short afterwards spots a lioness lurking in some bushes. She was stalking some blue wildebeest!! After positioning us for the possibility of a hunt I switched off the cruiser and we waited in total darkness for things to come. Then out of the blue the wildebeests started running towards the lioness and shortly afterwards we heard the distinctive sound of an animal being grabbed.
As we get to the area the sound came from we found the lioness muzzeling (her mouth over her preys) an adult female wildebeest. After about ten minutes the gnu was dead and the lioness could take a breather. This lioness, we know, is the mother of two approximately five month old cubs and after a short while she got up and went to get her cubs. After following her for a while we decided to go back to the kill and wait for her there, we were not disappointed. A bit later she came back with her cubs and for a good 40 minutes we were treated to the lions enjoying their fresh kill, they looked a bit on the thin side so it was very welcome.
By Roel van Muiden.
We can’t wait for the first rains as some of our water holes are drying up! But no alarms yet as we have still plenty of water around and a constant river on the property.
But all the fish loving animals and birds are in their element and happy. With the water holes drying all the fish are flapping around it is open feeding time for all. We see some storks that are so full that some of them can’t even take off.
By Johan Kruger