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FAKA NCHOVELA AND CUB

FAKA NCHOVELA AND CUB When Faka Nchovela was last seen in December 2020 she was clearly pregnant, this is a few months after her previous two cubs of her first litter left for independency. We were all of course very excited about the news, she is going to be a mother for a second time […]


African wild dogs on the chase.

African wild dogs on the chase. We were busy watching a Green Wood-hoopoe nest, the parents and their helpers brought in one insect after the other and thus gave us plenty photographic opportunities to catch them in flight. The dead Leadwood was home to more than just the wood-hoopoes as Tree Squirrels, Red-billed oxpeckers and […]


Buffalo chasing lions

Guests visiting Pondoro recently had the rare opportunity to witness an incredible sighting of a coalition of male lions chased a way from their African buffalo kill by a very upset buffalo bull trying hard to rescue and defend his fallen colleague. Hunting buffalo is dangerous business as lions do not only have to contend with the menacing […]


Lions break a tree to steal leopard’s food

Pondoro guide Marius and tracker Eric’s guests were recently treated to a very unusual sighting. They were following two male lions of the Machaton coalition as they were patrolling their territory, when the wind made a sudden shift of direction and the lions immediately changed course and started speeding up. Marius quickly realised that they […]


Lioness pulling warthog from burrow

A recent video by Pondoro guide Rul taken during a safari with guests not too long ago. Incredible scene of a lioness digging into a burrow trying to excavate a warthog. This happens fairly often, but to see a lioness disappearing into the hole with only her tail sticking out was a first for anyone […]


SAFARI, THE ULTIMATE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE!

Upon visiting South Africa the two must see destinations or activities likely looked at are, Cape Town and surrounding areas including the wineries and then secondly a safari. This combination will most likely be in the itinerary of most tourists visiting South Africa. Cape Town is easy compared to choosing a lodge to spend a few […]


WHY DO ELEPHANTS TAKE A MUD BATH?

When you are out on safari, especially during the wet season (summer months at Pondoro), you often encounter certain species of animals covered in mud. Elephants, both species of rhino, buffalo and warthogs are regular users of these mud pools that are formed where water gathers in any depression, some start small but through constant […]


ARE THE MACHATON MALES HERE TO STAY?

Within the next few months it will be a year since the arrival of the mighty Machaton males, but are they here to stay? During the first quarter of 2017 the lion dynamics around Pondoro was as normal as could be with the Mohlabetsi coalition (6 males at the time) being the dominant territory holders […]


Elephants swimming and bathing

Two recent videos taken by the Pondoro guides of elephants swimming and enjoying a mud bath. Elephants need to cool down from the sweltering heat of summer and mid day visits to watering holes usually means a swimming session is on the way. They love water and it is plain to see that they enjoy […]


Male lion greeting ceremony

A recent video taken by Pondoro guide Rul of 4 of the Mohlabetsi male lion coalition members greeting each other by rubbing their heads after spending the whole day resting and sleeping. A male lion called Blondie is the bigger one of the four. The coalition is 8 strong although they are seldom all seen […]


Lion flehmen in a video explained

Lion flehmen: One would often notice predators making this strange grimace when smelling a urine patch and it is often thought that the animals in question is agitated and growling at the observer. A lot of photographers would also use photos of a lion flehmen as depicting a growling or snarling predator. This cannot be […]


Elephants mud wallowing

A video of elephants mud wallowing during a recent safari at Pondoro Game Lodge. This behavior is typically enjoyed by animals who have very little body fur. The reasons can be anyone or all of the following: to cool the body temperature down in hot weather to prevent sunburn to keep biting flies and other […]


Lion mating: Christmas come early

A video by Pondoro guides of the big Mohlabetsi male lion mating with 2 lionesses during the past week. They say that you must make hay when the sun shines and the Mohlabetsi male seem to have taken this advice to heart. It often happens that lionesses in the same pride synchronize their estrus cycles […]