WEEK IN PICTURES #26
It was another thrilling week to be out on safari with each game drive completely different than the previous, the anticipation of what might happen the afternoon or leaving at sunrise excited to find the next set of tracks is what makes safari such an unique experience like no other.
The hyena den must be the highlight of anyone’s stay. There are currently 6 cubs at the den site only a few months old and on average 8-10 adults are seen around the den site. Early mornings are the best time spent at the den, it is usually the time they return from a night out hunting and they are all very happy and over excited to see each other.
The elephants didn’t make it easy for us guides and trackers this week with moving around at quite a pace and covering great distances. Only a few small herds were seen feeding near drainage lines or a big body of water. There are many single males around and most of the sighting this week were of them.
The Machaton males were split up again most parts of the week with one male sharing a wildebeest kill with a single Kudyela lioness. The other two males were later seen in the same area due to all the vultures luring them to what was left of the kill.
The young Kudyela male was seen with two of the Kudyela lionesses this week, he enjoys staying with them but as soon as one of the Machaton males closes in on them he very quickly runs for the hills. It is a very dangerous time for such a young male as he is now seen as competition to the older males.
Time was well spent with a black rhino bull during the week as we watched him going by his day. He didn’t spend much time feeding but rather vigorously marking his territory before he settled down at a waterhole.
Some will know that leopards are not the easiest cats to track down, you can easily lose their tracks as they climb on trees or walk over rocks and constantly change direction as they go. Through determination we had some incredible sightings of the 2 leopard cubs this week.