SECOND EDITION OF WEEK IN PICTURES #2
This week has been everything but disappointing, from the start to the end we have been amazed by the sightings that the bush was producing.
Towards the end of the week the dried out dusty landscape got refreshed with two days of downpour. With a few cold and wet drives the game viewing never stopped but instead rewarded those who dared the cold wet weather.
For this week’s week in pictures we will look at some of the sightings were different predators met face to face, the big old giants of the African bush.
Let’s start with what we think must be the highlight of the week, the afternoon that Chavaluthu met the Impalabos Pride at Xikulu dam. Chavaluthu (male leopard) was doing what any cat would do on a hot afternoon, sleep in some shade close to a body of water. Little did he know that the Impalabos Pride (1 male + 3 female lions) had the very same idea at the very same location. Making our way there later the afternoon , usually the cats will start to get up and move around at this time, we got into a good spot and waited. The lions got up and moved around closer to the water and this is when Chavaluthu spotted them and with no hesitation he quickly ran up a tree and tried to get cover in between the foliage, it was too late, they have spotted him. The females approached the tree and without any thought climbed the tree, not being very good at climbing trees the lions could only make it up half way before turning back. One by one every lioness tried to go up but resulted in the same way, clearly this was Chavaluthu’s lucky day as he managed to stay away from the grasp of the Impalabos Pride.
We have also seen many single male elephants around and if not in musth usually allows you to move around them without any hassle and witness how these great giants of africa calmly move through the bush picking up even the smallest of fruits.
We are lucky enough to have both species of rhino, white and black , and sightings has been plentiful. Sometimes looking down at your camera to see if you have “the best shot” might result in you missing out on a moment of excellence and in the bush there is no retake or replay, but sometimes that “best shot” catches a moment of excellence.
That brings us to an end for this week’s week in pictures , with great excitement we look forward to next week where we can share our everyday life with the vast wildlife of Pondoro.