FIFTH EDITION OF WEEK IN PICTURES #5
It has been another incredible week that has passed with the lions taking center stage, again. It has also made it a difficult task this week to narrow down the highlights and the images for the selection of this week’s week in pictures. The pictures we share is a way that we can bring our past and future guests closer to the heart of Pondoro Game Lodge no matter their nationality, as well known photographer Bruno Barbey once said;
“Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world” – Bruno Barbey
After some time the Kudyela Pride was found resting close to Kambaku dam and later made their way down to quench their thirst only to take down a male impala a few minutes later. Between the 6 of them (4 females and 2 males) their meal didn’t last long and soon after disappeared into the night.
The big Mothlabetsi male has been everywhere this past week and has had the guides and trackers chasing his tracks for the most part. He was found mostly wondering by himself and roaring excessively and marking his territory. He was found sharing a waterbuck kill with the 2 older lionesses of the Kudyela Pride and the next day he spent some time with 3 of the younger Mothlabetsi males. So called ‘Blondie’ was seen one afternoon relaxing with 4 other males of the same coalition. One of the younger males had a porcupine quill stuck in his cheek but eventually managed to get it out a day later.
Chavaluthu was seen with a rather skittish female, she was very shy and did not allow any of us to take picture for future identification. Their time together was quickly put to an end when the big Mothlabetsi male lion stepped in and chased the two apart from eachother. Chavaluthu was then seen again a few days later hot on the trail of another female, we was stopping and smelling every bush using all his senses to stay on her trail.
Elephants never seem to disappoint us with bigger and bigger herds being seen every day. Gently moving and feeding these animals can easily vanish behind the thickets of the bush and one can never really understand how it is possible for Africa’s largest land mammal to simply disappear.
We have enjoyed several rhino sightings, on one morning safari we saw a total of 6 white rhinos together what made it unusual is the fact that it was 4 dominant males gathered around a single female with her one year old calf. A few sightings of the more rare black rhino was most enjoyable, with them coming up close to investigate the safari vehicle.