As we had new arriving guests coming to stay with us for four nights it was again interesting to realise how awesome their first day must have been. Firstly during their transfer in our open vehicles from the airport into the reserve, they were lucky enough to be welcomed by a massive male leopard walking down the road. This of course made them very eager to get out there and maybe they somewhat expected the safari’s to get even better.
Luckily our game viewing, as usual didn’t disappoint, and soon after we left for our first safari we got news of another leopard sighting with a mother and her cub. Obviously our guests were overwhelmed with joy, as not even they expected to see three different leopards in their first couple of hours here.
After dark, as we were heading back to the lodge, we came across a Serval, which is also quite a well sought after sighting.
Truly a first day they will never forget…
Ranger – Kapama Lodge
On last nights safari we had quite a couple of unexpected sightings. Besides tracking a pride of lionesses and following them into the sunset, chuckling at their playfulness, we also came across a Serval walking down the road. These long legged cats are quite rare to see as they tend to hide away very quickly as soon as they detect humans or vehicles. They have distinctly large ears which are very useful in helping them detect and locating rats, mice and other vertebrates in long grass. Serval’s are also considered to be some of the best “jumpers” in nature, and it’s amazing to actually watch them “pluck” guinea fowl or other birds from the air in mid flight, sometimes as high as 3 metres above the ground.
Just before sunset we came across a Puff adder, one of the most dangerous snakes in Africa, soaking up the last rays from the sun and the radiant heat from the road. Into the evening we saw a flapnecked chameleon clinging for dear life onto a branch being whipped around in quite a strong breeze. A very amusing sight….
Sebastiaan Jansen Van Vuuren
Ranger – Kapama Main lodge
With our previous litter of lion cubs now being roughly 22 months old, their mother has now become pregnant again! The last sighting we had of her was about 2 weeks ago and we could see that she is lactating heavily. She headed into the area where she gave birth to her last litter and we haven’t seen her since. We are all waiting in aticipation for the next time we see her, hopefully with new cubs running around her feet, and some photos to share!
Watch this space, we will keep you updated..
Head Ranger – Kapama Lodge
As we departed from the lodge this morning we had only one intention and that was to find a male lion as there had not been a sighting for a few days now. I started driving off to the Southern part of the reserve looking for new tracks of the male lion. Luckily enough we sighted the tracks of both male and female lion.
As we were busy discussing the tracks we came across three African Civets that seemed to still be quite young. We were very amazed to see these kind of animals and especially that they were so relaxed with us being there. They are quite abundant throughout the reserve, but remain in the “not so often seen” catagory. Because of this we thought ourselves to be very lucky to find not one but three of them together, and that in broad daylight..!
Everyone was very excited at this point as the Civets vanished into the grass. We decided to carry on searching for lion tracks, and after about an hour and a half we spotted both the male and female lions together. A perfect ending to an already amazing drive.
Some of the most memorable sightings are often of the smaller game; this includes the spiders and insects and other creepy crawlies found all over the reserve. This morning we witnessed a spider hunting wasp landing in the web of a golden orb spider. Everyone expected the spider to catch the wasp, but it turns out that the wasp ended up the victor. The wasp managed to sting and paralyze the spider.
Both the spider and the wasp then ended up on the ground where the wasp proceeded to drag the spider off to a place where the now paralyzed but still alive spider could be buried. Wasps are known to lay their eggs and bury them along with spiders and caterpillars as food for their larvae, but this is not an occurrence that is often witnessed, and we were lucky to be in the right place at the right time.