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Amazing afternoon

The morning of the 22nd I raced down to the lions at the zebra kill in the hope of catching them finishing off the remains. They were however gone by the time that we arrived and we spend about 2 hours trying to relocate them. As always Andries, my tracker,  excelled and we found them […]


Lions eating warthog for breakfast

The past week’s gameviewing have been good with elephants being the main attraction. They are in abundance at the moment and several breeding herds are usually found during game drives. They are one of my favourate animals and every moment spent with them are usually a treat. I spend a few frustrating days trying to […]


Game drive: Afternoon 22 May

As expected the game drive yesterday afternoon was a real treat. The lion cubs was out in the open and playing all around the vehicle. It exceeded my best expectations and we spend around 2 hours at the sighting. Watch out for the photos! We had close encounters with elephants today and enjoyed a good […]


Game drive morning 22 May

The 2 lionesses and 11 cubs leaved the zebra and wildebeest kills early this morning and we followed their tracks to where they were lying up for the day. This afternoon we will again go and look them up. I am looking forward to this as they are in a very scenic spot and it […]


More photos of cubs at zebra kill

I took lots of photos of the cubs at the zebra kill. The light was unfortunately not the best, but here are some images that I like.


Lion cubs at zebra kill

On the morning of the 19th of May we found 2 lionesses on a freshly killed zebra. Soon afterwards they went off to go and fetch their cubs and here are some of the photos that I took.


Black rhino

The 1st black rhino that was seen in Balule Nature reserve for many years. White rhinos are common, but the black rhino is extremely rare. This bull was relocated to the western section of Greater Kruger Park a few days ago and hopefully he will settle down in our area.


Lions at zebra kill

The lions are still at the zebra kill. We were much surprized to find the carcass of a young wildebeest right next to that of the zebra. It must have unwittingly wandered into the lions last night and they just could not pass up on a free meal. We also saw 2 white rhinos on […]


Photo of lioness in riverbed

Thanks Joachim for sending the photo! I remember when the photo was taken. It was when this female, Noengu Mafazi, killed a warthog right next to the riverbed. I think that I took some photos later of the cubs playing in the riverbed.



Lion cub update

The lion cubs were seen on the 18th again on the Rome area for the 1st time in 3 weeks. All 3 mothers are hunting together again and it is really special to see 11 lion cubs together. Yesterday we found 2 females just after they had killed an adult zebra and we then waited […]


Black rhino

A black rhino was seen on the 10th of May by Rul and his guests. This was the 1st sighting of the highly endangered black rhino for many years in this area and it would be fantastic if he decides to stay around. Although we have several white rhinos in the area and see them […]


Photo’s Henk and Rietha

Pondoro Pondoro Team, Thanks for an experience second to none. You went out of your way to make our stay special with service excellence second to none in all possible areas. It was the best stay we’ve ever had in any Game Reserve in South Africa . We will be back ; that’s a promise. Here are […]