Pondoro – Game Lodge – Game drives – last 2 weeks

Ther have been several highlights since the last update, but the sighting that stands out for me was when we came across a newborn baby giraffe barely 5 min after it was born. It was still covered in the placenta with the mother standing guard and bending down to try and lick it clean every now and then. After about 10 min the baby started to try and stand up. Every attempt was watched in anticipation and with every fall the pain was felt by us as well. A great cheer erupted from the vehicle when it eventually managed to stand for a min or 2 on very rubbery feet.

Mother cleaning baby
Mother cleaning baby
First steps
First steps
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Second attempt
Second attempt

2 Male cheetahs were seen on the 11th feeding on a freshly killed impala. We also saw the 2 big male lions feeding on 2 warthogs on the 17th of July. We 1st saw Mazinyo feeding on one warthog with Big Boy lying about 15m away. I was a little surprized that they were not fighting over the warthog as usual and that Big Boy was allowing Mazinyo to eat alone. The mystery was solved when I drove around a bush to find Big Boy guarding his own kill.

A group of around 250-300 buffaloes has also been seen in our concession for the last 3 weeks and with our winter grazing still in a good condition we hope that they will stay for a while longer. The black rhino is also back and I managed to get a few photos. Another highlight has been the sighting of a young female leopard feeding on a guinea fowl.

Cheetah on the kill
Cheetah on the kill

One Response to “Pondoro – Game Lodge – Game drives – last 2 weeks”

  1. I was in Craig’s vehicule the day we saw the bab girafe. Robbie, I want to thank you for sharing your discovery with us!
    When you pulled back we stayed for a while and could see the baby standing almost steadily on its legs. Unfortunately we could not see it suckle.
    I put a few photos on my blog, more to come, but there is no way I can come close to what you share with us!

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