Blog: Game Drive Videos : Rangers

Crocodiles feasting on hippo

A recent video taken by Ranger Rul of a recent sighting of a group of monster crocodiles feasting on the carcass of a hippo. We heard hippos fighting a few nights before and our tracker Andries found the carcass a day later during a morning walk with guests. The scent of the carcass attracted every […]


Elephant scratching

A video taken by Ranger Rul on the 18th of January 2016 of an elephant bull scratching himself by rubbing against a termite mound. Elephants love rolling in mud which is not only good for the skin and helps in cooling them down, but ticks also get stuck in this sticky mud. After taking a […]


Elephant calf drinking

A video taken by Ranger Rul of an elephant herd drinking at Ngala dam on the 18th of January 2016. I have explained in a previous post about elephants and the amount of muscles in their trunks. To refresh your memory: elephants have 8 muscles on each side of their trunk which is divided into […]


Male lions patrolling

A video taken by Ranger Rul on the 17th of January 2016 of the Mohlabetsi pride males patrolling their territory. The wounds on the big Mohlabetsi male lion have now healed completely after the fight he had with Kudyela. The Mohlabetsi pride males are still pushing into Kudyela’s territory expanding their own territory. They are […]


The Van Wyk princess

A video by Ranger Rul of the Van Wyk female leopard. We are seeing her on a regular basis and she is now Rul’s favorite leopard. This is a collage of the sighting on the 13th of January 2016 where she was stalking, drinking at Deadend dam and chased by hyenas into a tree. She […]


Baby steps

A video of very small elephant calf taken by ranger Rul on the 9th of January 2016. Elephant calves can manage to stand about an hour after birth as they must be able to reach the teats of the mother in order to drink. They will still be fairly unsure on their feet for a […]


Lion recover after fight

A video taken by Ranger Rul on the 9th of January 2016. I described in a previous blog post how the male lion coalition of the 2 Mohlabetsi males were slowly expanding their own territories by pushing into the territory of the male we call Kudyela. They seem to have eventually come to blows although […]


Elephants digging for water

A video taken by tracker Eric on the 3rd of January 2016 of some elephants digging for water in a dry riverbed. Although the river is dry, water would still flow just underneath the surface. Elephants have an incredible sense of smell and would dig at places where the water table is very shallow. They […]


Drinking leopard

A video taken by Sam and Eric of a young male leopard on the 28th of December 2015. He is becoming a regular visitor to our area and is seen fairly regularly on Pondoro. Leopards does not drink as often as lions and are not water dependent as they get enough moisture from their prey. […]


Rhinos, buffaloes and elephant

A recent video of black rhinos joining a herd of buffaloes at a waterhole to get some relief from the heat. They soon got startled by a young elephant bull who thought wiser than to disturb 2 short fused black rhinos and went to the furthest side of the water to cool himself down. Interesting […]


Drinking giraffe

A video taken on the 28th of December 2015. Giraffes have the largest heart of all land mammals and it can weigh up to 10kg which necessitates maintaining a blood pressure two times higher than those of humans. Blood pools in an area just below the brain called the blood sponge which consists of a […]


Lion pride drinking

A video of Ranger Sam, tracker Remson and their guests enjoying a fabulous lion sighting at Xigamba dam inside the Pondoro concession area on the 20th of December 2015. Lions often go for a drink in the late afternoon just before sunset. Their prey know this and they can be found visiting waterholes later in […]


A herd of elephants swimming

A video taken by Ranger Sam of a big herd of elephants swimming at Nyari dam, Pondoro on the 22nd of December 2015. Best time to see this activity is during the hottest time of the day and mostly in summer. They love water and are very good swimmers. It is a real treat to […]


Leopard in tree

A young male leopard as seen on the 26th of December 2015. We are starting to see him fairly regularly now as he is slowly becoming more habituated to the safari cruisers. He is still a little nervous in the day, but quite relaxed as it starts to get dark. Our leopard sightings have really […]


Elephant bull rolling in mud

A video taken by Ranger Rul on the 2nd of December 2015 of an elephant bull grooming himself. The mud cools them down and is good for the skin. Ticks also gets trapped in the layer of mud covering the skin. Scratching on a tree after rolling in mud helps them to get rid of […]