Monday, November 24, 2014

On safari With Mark from 10 November 2014

10 November 2014

Route: After collecting the clients at phalaborwa airport we drove towards mopani rest camp.

General sightings: Impala, kudu, waterbuck, warthog, steenbok, zebra, common diuker and giraffe was spotted

Highlights: on our drive up we came across 3 different herds of Cape buffalo. Great to see them resting in the heat of the day. 2 large elephant Bulls were busy at a drainage line throwing water and mud on themselves trying to escape the 42deg heat.

11 November 2014

Route: decided to do the shongololo loop, returning to camp for a late breakfast.

The morning drive was far cooler with mist rain and General game was out enjoying the cooler weather. We came across our first Impala lamb sighting for the season and this was really special as it couldn't have been born longer than a couple of hours (still unstable on its feet).

Further to this, we just had some great buffalo crossing over the road giving us the "stare".

Afternoon drive: the highlight was the 4 adult and 1 calf eland we found. The first in many years.

12 November 2014 – 13 November 2014

Route: mopani - S55 - kannidood - shigtwetzi - Punda Tar - crooks corner - Punda Maria - shingwetzi

General animals seen: Impala, waterbuck, kudu, tsessebe, zebra, giraffe, hippos, crocodiles, vervet monkeys, Chackma baboons, bushbuck, Nyala, elephants and buffalo's.

Highlights: we found 10 lions feeding on a buffalo they just killed and spent time with this pride watching the interaction as they all fed. On our return to camp we found them all lying in the middle of the road Bellies full and panting.

We also found both the side stripped and black backed jackal and although the side striped moved off quickly the guest got good photos.

Multiple sighting of the sharps greysbok was spotted today on our way up to crooks corner.

It was also great to catch some crested giuneefowl in the Punda Mari camp.

On our return we also spotted a mating couple of steenbok right next to our car. Great photos of these.

With so many unique sightings so far the guest are exited about the rest of the safari as we still have many days to go.

14 November 2014  

Route: shingwedzi - S56 loop - shingwedzi - S52 - shingwedzi

General animals seen: Impala, kudu, steenbok, common duiker, zebra, waterbuck, hippos, crocodiles, buffalo and elephants

Highlights:  An early surprise at the Gora waterhole (3kms from shingwedzi) as we drove in we found a male cheetah busy drinking water. His belly full after a early morning kill and fantastic photos could be taken of this brilliant cat as we were the only one with him for the entire sighting until he moved off into the mopani thickets. What a start to the day!!

For the afternoon run it was rather quiet and general game was spotted through the afternoon. Large herds of elephants enjoy the water as it was a hot afternoon.

On our way to mopani tomorrow.

15 November 2014 – 19 November 2014

Routes travelled: Shingwedzi - Mopani - Letaba - Olifants - Satara

General game: Impala, warthog, steenbok, common diuker, zebra, giraffe, waterbuck, blue wildebeest, kudu, sharps greysbok, klipspringer, Chackma baboons, vervet monkeys, crocodiles, hippos, dwarf,slender,banded mongoose, reedbok, nyala, ostrich, tsessebe, bushbuck, elephant, buffalo and rhino.

Highlights: During our drive down south, we have had some fantastic sightings of massive herds of buffalo and elephant. Cats have been few and far between however we found a large pride of Lions at the dam just outside Satara. This brings the total of lions for the trip to 20 so far.

Another first for our guests was the honey badger that crossed the road and jumped through his hole he made in the fence of Satara and as we had just arrived, we decided to follow him and get some photos of this busy little guy in camp. This was quiet unusual as we took a "game drive and walk" in camp following him closely as he inspected every possible crack,corner,bush and building for something to eat.

Another first for the guests, while enjoying a afternoon drink was the visit from a female African wild cat and this turned out to be a photo opportunity of note. We to followed her and later found her with a cub. Power sighting.

Both Hugh and Cathy are very happy with the sightings so far as many are very unique and in no way do they only want to chase the big 5.  

I'm sure you won't believe it cause I can't - we still looking for the illusive leopard.

Maybe more luck down south!

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