WEEK IN PICTURES #22
Summer is approaching, Pondoro had a few drops of rain throughout the week and some of the migratory birds like the European bee-eaters are returning. The hot days under the African sun were cooled down during the evenings with thunderstorms and mist of rain.
The big cats of Pondoro took center stage this week, at one point there were as many as five different lion sightings at a time. The Machaton males were out marking their territory after the recent rains. To the end of the week the males eventually met up with the older Kudyela lionesses and proceeded to mate with them.
The elephant sightings this week could not have been any better. At the moment there is a particular herd that does not like the presence of a vehicle and with sight come charging, this has generated a lot of laughs between guides and guests, so we have to approach each herd with caution. The young elephant bulls were a pleasure to watch this week as they tested each other strengths by sparring.
The two leopard cubs were once again well fed during the week with two kills recorded. They are only a couple months away from one year old’s and are sure to join there mother out on the hunt soon. They are growing into beautiful leopards and if they learn from their mother’s skill set they will have no issues being successful too.
A few mornings we had clear skies with beautiful sunrises but that also means that it heated up very quickly and some animals just as quickly took shelter in nearby shade.
Faka Nhovela surprised us when she launched an attack on a unsuspecting scrub hare running over an open area, she was unsuccessful but continued to pursue until she eventually moved into very dense bush.
The old buffalo bulls show the years of battles in there horns and the age in their skin. These males prefer the relaxed life now after years of being with the breeding herds.
Chavaluthu was found on an impala kill late in the week, around sunset it was time to hoist his kill not to lose his well deserved meal to any lurking hyenas.