WEEK IN PICTURES #37
“I hope you have an experience that alters the course of your life, because after Africa, nothing has ever been the same…” – Suzanne Evens
Autumn is here as the bush is starting to change from a beautiful green color to those of the sun. Slowly but surely this week we noticed how some of the trees are starting to shed their leaves and the grass busy drying. It was a week full of picturesque mornings and warm sunsets.
The Kudyela pride and cubs, like the previous week, were in the north western corner of our traversing area while the Machaton males once again did their rounds. We also followed one of the Kudyela lionesses which appeared to be pregnant, she moved within drainage lines and a few thickets most likely looking for possible den sites. The rest of the pride enjoyed a well deserved meal except for the female with the older cubs that was seen not only with her own but with the litter of 2 as well.
The 3 Machaton males were not seen as much this week, by looking at the tracks in the morning, as they covered a lot of ground marking their territory. To the end of the week they joined the Kudyela females and their cubs and could here them roaring deep in to the night.
Currently there are a few bachelor herds of young bull elephants around trying to establish themselves in the hierarchy.
A small herd of buffalo enjoyed the grazing grounds in the south this week and so far have been undetected by any of the lions. We caught up with them a few times, mostly they were resting and busy ruminating.
Chavaluthu was seen once, still with a very swollen face, along with a skittish female.
Both species of rhinoceros were seen, with their prehistoric look they are always a highlight on safari.