Tuesday, December 29, 2015

On safari With Karen 28 December 2015

28 December 2015

On our last day of this safari we had only a few hours left to find our eluded leopard.

So far we had heard of sightings but every time the leopard had decided to show herself to someone else and not at us. Unfortunately today was also one of those days, as we received a call about a leopard being sighted, but upon arrival the cat had disappeared in a block full of thick shrubbery. We tried our best, and undoubtedly the cat has seen us, we couldn't find it.

But not to worry as the bush has plenty else to offer. We had many great sightings of buffalo today, thought we saw a giraffe but that turned out to be a tree, had zebras up close to the vehicle, saw a common grey duiker standing still long enough to get a picture, enjoyed the impala babies and last but not least, we enjoyed the scenery.

After breakfast though it was time to load up the bags and we were off to the airport where the guests would board a plane to explore Cape Town.

I would like to thank Peter, Sean, Ronny, Ricky, Rolf and Heidi for joining me on this safari. It was great fun having you and I hope you enjoy Cape Town just as much!

On Safari With Curtis 28 December 2015

28 December 2015

So today the group split up with Hannah and Gemma spending the day exploring the panorama route stopping off at some of the many viewpoints and enjoying some beautiful scenery at the Blyde river canyon and luckily the weather cleared up throughout the day allowing them to enjoy the best of this natural wonder!!!

Meanwhile myself and Fabricio spent the day in the park in search of its many wonders!!!

We found plenty during the day including good Impalas as well as kudu, warthog, zebra, giraffe, lion, rhino, buffalo, vervet monkey,  baboon and waterbuck.

The highlight was finding two bull elephants by the side of the road and enjoying as they slowly made their way across the road to then disappearing out of sight.

On Safari With Amanda 28 December 2015

28 December 2015

Last day for my lovely Korean guests! We decided on a drive to shithave dam to watch some birds and just enjoy the scenery.

We headed towards pretoriouskop and literally 5mins on the road we spotted something moving in a bush.. I assumed it was a bird as the visual wasn't great but on closer inspection we saw it was in fact a leopard!! We watched it wander along the verge and eventually it crossed the road very close to us where of course it disappeared far into the bush.. totally amazing.

After our leopard we drove slowly to the dam coming across zebras and beautiful giraffe. 

At the dam we watch two fish eagles hunt (unsuccessfully ) and then to our surprise running straight for us heading to the water came a huge elephant. He stopped meters in front of us and stared at us before he went to drink lots of water.

Exhilarating to see such a majestic mammal so close.

On our journey to the gate we saw a bataluer eagle eating a small bird on the road being hassled by a yellow billed kite.

And so another amazing safari with wonderful guests comes to a close with lots of happy memories for my guests...until next time. 

Monday, December 28, 2015

On Safari with Curtis 27 December 2015

27 December 2015

A brand new safari and we were joined by Gemma, Hannah and Fabricio for four days.

On arrival at the lodge they set off on their first activity which was the sundowner drive.

Great weather today with perfect skies meaning a great sunset and they also had first sightings of Cape buffalo, waterbuck,  elephant, kudu, zebra,  Impala, hippo, rhino and Giraffe.

A good start to this tour!!!

On safari With Karen From 25 December 2015

25 December 2015

The sunset drive went by tonight without a sunset as the sun had been hiding behind clouds most of the day. But the guests were pleased to see their first animals of this safari.

Apart from a buffalo that was walking along the fence line of the lodge, they encountered several other game species on their drive: giraffes, zebras, impalas, waterbuck, kudu and elephants.

26 December 2015

We set off in the morning thinking the thin cloud layer in the sky would dissolve and it would become a lovely warm day. We were wrong. Half an hour into the drive the guests were wrapped up in blankets as if it was winter, but we still enjoyed our drive.

Our first highlight was seeing our first herd of elephants. Little did we know that we parked right next to a fantastic patch of grass to eat. As the elephants came closer to the road they came more and more out of the bushes. They were feeding on grass and branches. Slowly one elephant started feeding next to the truck. Not a care in the world about us watching them, she kept on plucking the grass right next to us. Soon she was joined by two others. The gentle giants were within touching distance and we sat watching them in silence. When the tuft of grass was plucked empty they moved off (and some of us started breathing again). In the end the entire herd crossed and we had a great sighting of these magnificent animals.

Our second highlight was coming across three cheetahs. They were unfortunately walking away from us, but with binoculars we had a good visual. We then lost visual of them as they disappeared behind bushes. But we saw an impala in the general direction of where they are moving. While everyone gave up we decided to hang around and see what happened. And it paid off as suddenly the impala got wind of something and stood alert. Then he bolted. Two cheetahs gave a half-hearted 10 meter chase but the impala was long gone. A missed chance!

Other interesting sightings: kudus, a chameleon, common grey duikers, a hippo, giraffes, waterbucks, more elephants, a white rhino, warthog mummy with two piglets, zebras, impalas, hyena, baboons and two herds of buffalos including a calf so young that it was just able to walk.

27 December 2015

Eager to see lions we set off this morning in the hope to find some. And we were in luck as we came across two male lions eating off a rhino carcass. It was a highlight and a lowlight in one as we were confronted with the horrible truth of rhino poaching. The carcass was clearly a victim of poaching with half its nose hacked off. Its last stance was to provide food for those two nomad lions. As it was quite close to the road we were treated to some excellent lion shots to take pictures. 

In the afternoon we sat watching two elephants swim for quite some time. It looked like they were having much fun as it was still hot we would have loved to join them in the "pool". To stay safe though we stayed on the shore in the car. They were using the full length of the dam and came closer and closer to a pod of snoozing hippos. Soon they made some noise to deter the elephants but they didn’t seem to notice or care. Then a few scared ones scattered but most hung on to their spot. The elephants drifted away a bit again which gave the hippos some peace. But not for long as the boisterous elephants were pushing and shoving each other closer and closer to the hippos. So much so that they chased the entire harem in all different directions under loud protest. It was like a tv show!

Other interesting sightings: herds of elephants, very cute hyenas, a distant visual of wild dogs but as they are rare it is always a treat, terrapins on the back of a hippo, steenboks, warthogs, waterbucks, blue wildebeests with babies, lots of zebras, impalas, giraffes, buffalos, kudus, common reedbucks, vervet monkeys, a baby crocodile and baboons.