Blog: Game Drive Videos : Rangers

Elephant herd cross the road

A video taken on the 28th of February 2016 of an elephant herd crossing the road during a safari at Pondoro Game Lodge. Mature elephant bulls live a solitary life while cows and their young live in family groups. Cows are the leaders. The matriarch would normally be the oldest cow who would use her […]

Leopard catching a squirrel

A video taken by ranger Rul of a leopard catching a tree squirrel on the 25th of February 2016. It was barely a snack, but shows the wide range of prey on the menu for leopards. Their diet is diverse and include birds as well as mice, scrub hares and antelopes up to the size […]

Newborn buffalo calf

As we mourn the death of the legendary elephant called Shoshangaan, life’s cycle continues with the birth of a buffalo calf. Dogged determination to survive is needed from the very first breath as this young buffalo fights to stand up while trying to take its first steps. This is only the beginning of a lifelong […]

Mating leopards

A video taken by ranger Sam on Valentine’s day 2016 of leopards mating next to his safari cruiser. Mating leopards, to the best of my knowledge, was first captured on film during the 1980’s by a film maker called John Varty in a private reserve not too far away to the south of us. Although […]

Elephants cooling down

A recent video of a few elephants bulls spraying themselves in order to cool down from the extreme heat that we have been suffering under. It has been a hot, dry summer with little rain to offer respite from the suffocating heat. It has in fact been the most severe drought in Southern Africa since […]

Leopard hoisting kill into tree

A video taken last week by Ranger Rul of a leopardess hoisting a duiker kill into a tree. We are enjoying some amazing leopard sightings of late and the Van Wyk mafazi is proving to be a real star. This time she was seen for a few days in a row feeding on a duiker […]

Leopard and rock monitor lizard

A video taken by ranger Sam of a leopardess trying to catch a rock monitor lizard on the 13th of February 2016. She was obviously fascinated by the lizard and I am not sure why she did not push through and killed it. She did not appear too hungry and its defense of lashing out […]

Elephants rush to drink

A herd of elephants rushing towards Ngala dam on the 13th of February 2016. The ongoing drought in Southern Africa has brought with it some extreme heat and elephants can often be seen visiting waterholes to cool down during the hot hours of the day. Excitement and anticipation of the eminent relief from the heat […]

Leopard and rhinos at waterhole

It does not happen often that you will find 2 of the Big 5 animals together in one sightings, but Ranger Rul took this video of a young male leopard (Pondoro madoda) and 2 white rhinos at a waterhole on the 31st of January 2016. Rul was busy watching white rhinos drinking when the leopard […]

Hyena bites foot while videotaping

A video taken by Ranger Rul while sitting on the tracker seat in front of the safari cruiser on the 6th of February 2016. Our hyenas are habituated to vehicles and the younger ones can be very inquisitive. It is not unusual for them to approach the vehicles, sniff at them and even take an […]

Leopard relax before the hunt

A video taken by Ranger Sam of a young leopardess called Van Wyk mafazi on the 15th of February 2016. She is about 2 years old and the daughter of the Mohlabetsi female who has been the mother of most of our relaxed leopards found in the reserve. This little female frequents the Deadend dam […]

Male leopard patrolling

A video taken by tracker Eric on the 9th of February 2016 of the huge male leopard we call Watsakile patrolling his territory. He is the biggest leopard in our traversing area and must weigh about 90kg. He is under pressure from his son (Chavaluthu) who is slowly but surely expanding his own territory by […]

A tower of giraffe chase a leopard

A video taken by tracker Eric on the 12th of February 2016 of a journey of giraffes inquisitively following a young leopardess we call the Van Wyk mafazi. Giraffes are well known for approaching or even following predators as eyesight plays such a major part in their quest for survival. It is always better knowing […]

Hyenas suckling

A video taken on the 29th of January 2016 by tracker Eric of hyena cubs suckling from their mother. They can nurse from their mothers for 12 – 16 months, but can start eating meat from as young as 3 months. Their milk have the highest protein content of all carnivores and second highest fat […]

Young male leopard on log

A video taken by tracker Eric on the 30th of January 2016 of a young male leopard lying on a log. We are getting some fabulous sightings of this male and I really hope that he will find a territory somewhere in our traversing area. He is getting to the age where the territorial males […]