Four days later it was Timbavati Game Reserve again

Our third safari, just a couple of days ago, saw our party return to Timbavati. Still struggling for rainfall and although having had no substantial rains since our previous visit, our “sightings” were not in the slightest bit disappointing. My personal sightings of leopard continued at Timbavati for the 25th consecutive visit, much to the relief of our guests and myself, when the leopards appeared on the last two game drives. Following and watching an adult leopard hunt for a meal is always an adrenalin rush and a thrill, and we were lucky enough to find an unidentifiable new male to the area, looking for impala. He was unsuccessful, but that didn’t stop us from seeing and learning his tactics and identifying his disappointment at his failure. A truly memorable part of the wildlife chain not to be missed.   Two young Hyena’s taking a much needed “cool down” break in Timbavati.   Currently Timbavati is not known for its abundance of lion, therefore we were indeed fortunate to spend several memorable visits with part of the Ross pride, whose make up included adult and sub-adult females and some sub-adult males. They looked extremely hungry and it wasn’t surprising to find them in the close proximity of a herd of 250 breeding buffalo. They were also unsuccessful in their stalking attempts whilst we were there, but they looked extremely determined and most certainly that would be the source of their next meal. We left wishing them all the best of…

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First Safari to Madikwe Game Reserve since September 2014

Just four days after returning from Timbavati, Madikwe Game Reserve was our second safari destination of the year, and having not visited Madikwe since September 2014, we were all filled with keen anticipation, and were not disappointed!! Madikwe is also way down on their rainfall count and Jonny our ranger had serious concerns, that should this trend continue, some of the animals will inevitably suffer, as will the grasses. All of the “big five” were present throughout our stay, as were the resident “dugga boy” buffaloes, paying us several camp visits over our four day stay.   “Trio of trouble” at Madikwe   Despite the lack of rain, the pumped waterholes were, needless to say, extremely popular and our visits to these tranquil areas inevitably saw elephant in large numbers, often with several herds lining up in a set order waiting for their turn to take on board much needed refreshment. The unusual sight of elephants appearing from all corners of the compass to join three already drinking rhino was indeed a rare and unique sight to behold and after much jostling for places by the larger beasts, the rhinos quietly retired to the safety of the bush, waiting patiently for the elephant to finish replenishing their thirst. A female leopard was also seen up close and personal, until she decided enough was enough and stalked off into the bush, looking for her next meal, but it is always good to see leopard in Madikwe. We were also treated and…

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The First Safari of the year to Rock Fig Lodge in the Timbavati Game Reserve

I distinctly remember writing to you all what feels like just a few weeks ago, saying that 2014 had raced by and here we were just a couple of weeks away from the new 2015 season!!! Well 2015 is already three safaris old and our safaris have very much lived up to their renowned reputation of “sightings” way beyond expectation! The first trip of the year was in mid-February to Timbavati and as we have become so accustomed, leopards were well in evidence on many of our game drives, with views of “Ntombe’s” first born male cub appearing to be trying to settle into the area and make his mark. He supplied us with a fine display of his climbing ability and finally settled on a tree branch to pose beautifully for us. Let us all hope he succeeds with his quest, as the current resident dominant male of the area is rather skittish when in the presence of game vehicles and sightings of him are brief and rare. We also witnessed from afar “Ntombe” moving her latest 3 month cub, which incidentally is still very small, to another location for security and safety reasons. Marula was also present and I am relieved to say that she has recovered fully from that deep wound she received earlier in the year from one of her competitors. There remains only a small difference in her coat markings being the only evidence remaining of the attack, so that is good news. We have since found out from our latest visit to the area that she probably has only one cub remaining, but no cubs were seen on this trip.   A young…

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