WEEK IN PICTURES #38
It is time for our week in pictures again, where we highlight some of the outstanding sightings during the week through a selection of images.
Numerous herds of elephant have been around this week, with some herds well over 50 individuals strong. On one morning safari we heard the distressed trumpeting of a herd of elephant and decided to go and have a look. On our way we bumped in to two Kudyela lionesses with 5 cubs and following close behind, still getting chased by a bull elephant, were two Machaton males. We were immediately caught in the middle of all the chaos and a few elephants turned their attention towards the vehicle, luckily we quickly moved to a save distance and watched as the lions got chased around.
The little lion cubs are growing up quickly and so we are seeing more and more of them each day. They are still only a few months old and still very entertaining. During this week 5 of the 8 cubs were moving around with a few females and the Machaton males while the other female with her 3 cubs was seen enjoying the scraps of a warthog kill. If you are so lucky to join us on safari within the next few months be sure to bring enough memory cards with as one can easily fill it up with 100’s of lion cub pictures.
Not only are there lion cubs but hyena cubs as well. On one evening safari we drove past the hyena den and found two little cubs just poking their heads out of the burrow. We sat with them for a few minutes before 4 Adults arrived and not long after about 8 hyena cubs surrounded the vehicle and started playing in the headlights.
During one of the many beautiful sunsets we drove past a water source only to find a dominant white rhino bull taking a mud bath.
Both Thuli and Chavaluthu were seen stalking impala. Thuli disappeared in to the thickets to give herself a better stalking opportunity but Chavaluthu was spotted and soon gave up and moved on.
The most rewarding sighting of the week – Aardvark!