Blog: Game Drive Videos : Rangers

White rhino bulls fighting

A video taken of 2 white rhino bulls fighting. Young bulls are normally seen in pairs, but become solitary at around 12 years of age when they would try to find a territory of their own. Territories would be demarcated by dung middens and by spraying urine. They spray urine backwards onto bushes and also […]

Hyenas and vultures

A video taken on a wildlife safari the 24th of May 2016 of hyenas and vultures feeding on a buffalo calf. South Africa is currently suffering under one of the worst droughts in recorded history and Balule Nature Reserve and adjacent Kruger National Park have not been spared. The buffalo was not killed by predators […]

Battle-scarred black rhino bull

A black rhino bull approaches the Pondoro safari cruiser during a game drive. It is obvious that he had been in a fight from the bloody scars and gashes across his forehead. Black rhino home ranges varies from 3 sq km in forest areas to 90 sq km in more arid terrain. Black rhino bull […]

Great tuskers on safari

A video of one of the great tuskers on a wildlife safari drive as seen on the 22nd of April 2016. It is an elephant affectionately called Ezulwini and he is a legend in Balule. I first saw and photographed him at Ngala dam in 2009 and have since seen him regularly as the central […]

Honeymoon lions

African Honeymoon lions: A video taken on the 14th of April 2016 of lions mating. Lions mate frequently when a lioness is in estrous, as much as every 20 minutes extended over a period of 4 to 5 days. The males from coalitions, with the biggest coalition that I am aware of totaling 7, which […]

Leopard smelling scent markings

A video of a leopard smelling scent markings of another leopard. Ranger Rul took this video of a leopard we call Miss van Wyk during a wildlife safari drive on the 16th of April 2016. Leopards seem to have a fascination for fallen trees or logs and cannot resist the temptation to leave their scent […]

Lions and crocodiles

Lions and crocodiles have lived side by side since the beginning of time and have been enemies ever since. Rul, one of the guides at Pondoro, took this video early morning on the 3rd of April 2016. He woke up to the sound of vervet monkeys giving alarm calls close to the staff accommodation. He […]

Male lion coalition

A video of the Mohlabetsi male lion coalition taken by one of the Pondoro Game Lodge guides during a wildlife safari drive early morning on the 27th of March 2016. Young male lions usually get chased away from the pride by their fathers sometime between reaching 2 -4 years of age. This usually happens as […]

Giraffe mother chasing hyenas

Giraffe mother chasing hyenas away from her calf’s carcass: A video taken by tracker Eric on the 25 of March 2016 of a giraffe mother chasing feeding hyenas away from the carcass of her calf. This sighting was in the southern side of our traversing area that is home to a clan of about 10 […]

Leopard scent marking

Leopard scent marking explained: A video taken by ranger Rul on the 22nd of March 2016 of the territorial male leopard called Watsakile lying on top of a rocky outcrop surveying his territory and scent marking afterwards. Leopards are solitary animals and scent marking plays a vital role in communicating with others. Patrolling their territory, […]

Male leopard drinking

A video of the Pondoro male leopard drinking at Coert’s Bush camp during evening safari on the 17th of March 2016. This young male is becoming a regular during drives and has been honored by our guides and trackers with receiving the name “Pondoro Madoda” meaning Pondoro male. Leopards become independent from their mothers when […]

Mating lions during a safari drive

Mating lions: A video taken during the safari drive on the 12 of March 2016 of a lioness rebuffing the advances of a male lion we call the Mohlabetsi male. The mating period and frequency of mating is the stuff of legend. They would mate about every 20 minutes over a period of up to […]

Leopard drinking at Pondoro

A video of a male leopard drinking on the 9th of March 2016. Leopards do not drink as often as lions as they would get most of their moisture needs from the prey they eat. They would however drink water when readily available and enjoy having a drink after a good meal like most mammals […]

Lion safari in Africa

Most people have a bucket list and a lion safari in Africa would probably feature somewhere close to the top of that list. Pondoro means lion and it goes without saying that we have quite a few. We have access to about 10 000ha of land on which to do our luxury African safaris. 5 […]

Safari chronicles

A video of a male leopard that we call Chavaluthu drinking at Nyari dam during the evening safari on the 5th of March 2016. Pondoro offers 2 safaris a day, an early morning and a late afternoon/evening game drive. Animals are more active during these periods and easier to spot. The hot midday hours are […]