Monday, November 9, 2015

On Safari With Curtis From 5 November 2015

5 November 2015

The first day of a new tour and we welcomed Andre, Danielle and returning guest James into the Kruger.

The first activity a sunset drive and it was a lovely warm clear evening so a great sight.

6 November 2015

Setting out early we found plenty of general game early on and then , thanks to a great spot, we found a honey badger.

It was busy digging in the dirt and it was certainly excited by what it was looking for as the mud was flying in all directions.

Not sure what it caught in the end but by the sound of all the crunching it certainly enjoyed it.

Our second highlight was two lion sighting we had each sighting containing about ten felines. The second sighting was perfect though as we had a large male sitting in the sand while four females sat with five young Cubs, just a few months old, all sitting up and looking straight at us.

Throughout the day we found plenty of Impala, kudu, zebra, giraffe and waterbuck as well as warthog, elephants, white rhino, Cape buffalo, leopard, hyena, three wild dog sightings, hippo, steenbok and baboons.

7 November 2015

The final morning for two of our guests and we set out on a final drive for them.

We missed a leopard by seconds but then we hit the jackpot!!!

Responding to a sighting we turned up to find a lone cheetah walking away from us in the dense thicket.

It looked like we had just made it in time as it was walking quick. Then the walk turned into a full blown chase.

Watching a cheetah at full speed with its long tail, symmetrical to its body, acting as a balance turning this way and that way was incredible.

After only half a minute it turned one final time and caught its quarry, an unfortunate scrub hare. It then turned, with prey in mouth, and walked out of sight.

No doubt to enjoy its meal in privacy!!!

The whole sighting lasted less than a minute but it's one which myself and the pax will forever remember!!!

A great final sighting to what has been a very successful trip for Andre and Danielle who head onto the Seychelles.

In the afternoon we followed a tip off and found a pair of mating lions lying right next to the road. As it was a quiet road we got to enjoy the sightings for over an hour watching their mating routines which involved a bit of flirting, a bit of snarling and growling with a few seconds of mating thrown in.

The female even decided to go for a bit of a stroll, at times a run, with a very unfit male trying to keep up with her.

A great sighting to end the day!!!

Throughout the rest of the day we had sightings of slender tailed mongoose and sable, Impala, zebra, giraffe, kudu, elephants, Cape buffalo, waterbuck, klipspringer, warthog, white rhino, hippo and crocodile.

8 November 2015

No amazing feline sightings today but that doesn't mean you can't have a great day!!!

We enjoyed sitting with three white rhino who gradually edged their way towards us finally stopping about ten meters from us.

One by one they came to a stop and then decided to lay down. Which by the way they don't do with much elegance!!!

We even had another great sighting of them in the Afternoon which by this time they had managed to walk about three hundred meters!!!

We also spotted Impala, kudu, warthog, giraffe, waterbuck, zebra, elephant, Cape buffalo, hippo, crocodile and sable.


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