Blog: Game Drive Videos : Rangers

Cheetah on a tree stump – Pondoro

A male cheetah seen during safari on the 15th of November 2014. You often find them jumping onto termite mounds or tree stumps which they use as lookout points from which to detect potential prey.


A Southern African Python swallowing an impala

Guests visiting Pondoro saw a once in a lifetime sighting of a python swallowing an impala on the 17th of December 2014. Josiah, one of the Pondoro guides, heard impala giving alarm calls and he quickly drove in that direction thinking that they might be seeing a leopard. Great was his surprise when he saw […]


Leopard catching a warthog

Guests staying at Pondoro on the 30th of October had the privilege to see this big male leopard catching a warthog right next to their safari cruiser. They found the leopard lying next to a termite mound and just as they were about to leave a warthog jumped out of her burrow inside the mound. […]


Lions at a buffalo kill

Buffaloes are the most dangerous prey for lions to take down, but the reward are so great that they will always try. At the very least they will try and look for the weak and old or injured every time their paths cross. The lion pride on this video is the Mohlabetsi pride which we […]


Lion feeding on a zebra kill

It really has not been a good month for zebra as we found lions feeding on yet another zebra carcass on the 16th of October 2014.


Male lion feeding on a warthog

Classic example of females doing the hunting and killing and the male arriving on the scene to take the spoils when this male stole the warthog kill away from the hungry and hardworking lionesses on the 14th of October 2014. The females often make use of this opportunities to sneak away and try and catch […]


Lions feeding on a giraffe

The nice thing when seeing lions at a giraffe kill is that it is a guaranteed lion sighting for a few days. This novelty usually quickly wears off for the more squeamish of guests as the first hint of rotten meat soon overpowers our most underused sense with an explosion new and often nausiating odors.


Lions feeding on a giraffe on night safari

Nothing beats the excitement of coming across a pride of lions on a night drive. Imagine then the exhilaration of finding a pride of lions feeing on a giraffe carcass as happened on the 10th of October 2014. Giraffe are very vigilant and it is very difficult for lions to get within striking distance. When […]


Male leopard close-up

The gorgeous Chavaluthu on the 7th of October 2014. It is a happy day at Pondoro whenever he is seen. Guests like him and guides love him. What more can I say.


Tiny elephant calf during safari

A video of a tiny elephant calf taken on the 1st of October 2014. Elephant are very protective of their young, and calves seldom move further than a few meters from their mothers during the 1st year. Elephants are one of my favorite animals as they are always on the move making them excellent photographic […]


Lions feeding on a zebra

A lion pride feeding on a zebra kill on the 30th of September 2014. Lions can roughly eat about a quarter of their own weight in one sitting and this group of 13 made light work of the meat. Four hours after the kill some skin and a few bones were the only reminder of […]


African wild dogs playing

A rare sighting on African wild dogs on the 3rd of November 2014. We saw the tracks early morning but were not lucky in finding these endangered animals. That afternoon Rul, one of our guides, went racing to the area to follow up. Some good fortune, gut instinct and a fantastic knowledge of animals and […]


Leopard lying in a tree in Kruger

Our guides followed this big male leopard, called Watsakile, on the 25th of September for a good hour through fairly thick bush. Just when they thought that they lost him he jumped into a huge Weaping-boerbean tree to rest and pose for everyone. It always amazes me how they can look so comfortable in such […]


Black rhino bull marking territory

A rare sighting of a black rhino during a Pondoro safari. A territorial black rhino bull spraying while kicking his dung midden open. Dung middens are basically information centres which rhinos can visit to obtain info about who has been there, when and what is the sex and general health of the individual.