Blog: Game Drive Videos : Rangers

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 […]


Tiny elephant calf

A video taken by Pondoro guide Rul of a tiny elephant calf during a game drive with guests. Elephants can give birth at any time of the year after a gestation period of 22 months. Newborn elephant calves can weigh up to 120kg. This is a time of huge excitement and the rest of the […]


Lions hunting buffaloes

Lions hunting buffaloes: A video taken by Pondoro guides of the Kudyela pride of lions hunting buffaloes. Southern Africa is at present in the midst of the most severe drought in recorded history. We had some welcoming rains during the beginning of November, but not enough to bring relief and break the depressing drought. All […]


Mohlabetsi male lion coalition

A video of the Mohlabetsi male lion coalition taken on the 25th of October 2016 as they patrol their territory. They are 8 in total, but the last few months a total of only 6 were seen together at any one time. The big dark Mohlabetsi male is remarkable in the sense that he allowed […]