So many exciting sightings almost impossible to remember what we have seen.
LEOPARDS so many leopards have no idea how many sightings we have seen it must be well over 10 sightings. Some of most recent highlights. Ken has so many leopard pictures!
We were watching a leopard who had put a kill in a tree. She was not in the tree but close by. So were the hyenas close by waiting for her to feed again and hoping for scraps. Sitting there we heard an alarm call. So we did a ferrari safari to the area where the impalas were calling. We saw a big male leopard. He was heading in the direction of the impala kill in the tree. We followed him and he climbed up the tree and stole the female leopards kill. Then the hyenas came and circled under the tree.
We saw a mother leopard with a male cub, The cub is one year old and twice the size of the mother. We followed them for quite a long time. They would stop along the way and rub each other. So sweet Ken got great pictures of that behaviour. Then they crossed over to Londolozi so we could not follow them any more. This male cub will be a force to be reckoned with when he gets older, he was huge.
Following a mobile leopard is so much fun,one of my favorite things to do. Seems like we did that every game drive.
BUFFALO - saw a big herd in the bush earlier and today the huge herd coming back from the river. We got ahead of them and they came very close and it was an amazing sight. So wonderful to see the herds return after the drought in 2019 it was devasting for the buffalo.
LION - lots of lion but the highlight was the mating pair. We found them multiple times and have seen the "activity" at least five times at a really close range. Once they
did the deed twice within 5 minutes. Today was the best. We found them and pretty quickly they mated. Then the female appeared to be trying to get away. They have been at this for about five days now, I think she has had enough. But that male was not having any of that he was right behind her. Then she gave up, stopped and the deed was again done. We left them at this stage.
ELEPHANTS - so many elephants they are everywhere. Lot of baby ellies in the herds. Got a little attitude from a teenager but he was all bluff. MalaMala has the calmest elephants they are always so relaxed. But so many of them they create road blocks as we try to get from one area to another.
The most exciting event we did not see. One vehicle responded to an alarm call and found a python wrapped around a impala lamb. Hyenas came and python let go of the lamb and the hyenas ran off with the lamb. Once in a lifetime sighting for sure.
Food has been great as usual, the sightings some of the best ever, weather could not have been better. We hit a cool spell with the highest temperatures in the mid eighties. Next week supposed to be much hotter and the day before we arrived it was over 100 degrees. No rain, quite a lot of clouds that made it cooler with just now and then having the sunshine. I expected a lot of flies, bugs and that has not been the case. I was concerned about the heat, the rain and the bugs but none of things have been an issue.
River i anticipated would be much higher. They have not had their usual rain and it looks just like it did last time we were here in the winter.
Last afernoon game drive today and one very early in the morning I am still deciding if I want to go or not. No wild dogs yet and if we do not go and they see dogs I will never forgive myself. But not getting up early, and rushing in the morning also sounds appealing.