WEEK IN PICTURES #23
It was an incredible week to be out in the Balule Game Reserve with the wildlife in an abundance we couldn’t have seen more.
The Machaton males along with the Kudyela females started the week of with a bang, waking up from a long day’s sleep they moved to the nearest water hole for a drink and the males started to roar. We listened as it echoed through the bush, there are few things as powerful as a male lion’s roar!
A single buffalo herd of about a 150 individuals have been moving around and were the prefferd prey animals to the above mentioned lions. They were stalked and chased one evening into such thick bush we couldn’t follow, out on safari the next morning we found that the herd of buffalo have moved +- 12 km away from where they were being chased by the lions the night before.
The female leopard and her 2 cubs were a bit shy this week and were only viewed twice during the week. She managed to kill yet another impala and stashed it in some thick undergrowth but it was the blue-eyed cub that came out and allowed us to watch her as she moved.
We enjoyed numerous rhino sightings this week of both species and there is no better way to explain the difference between the two but to see them. An older black rhino calf stuck close to his mothers side, he only has a few months left by her side before her new born arrives.
Faka Nchovela was seen moving from one lookout point to the next in search of prey, she didn’t manage to find anything but we spent quality time with her in the last golden hour of the day.
A young bull elephant came walking towards the vehicle and paused for a brief moment to smell around before he continued down the road.
To the end of the week Chavaluthu was found enjoying a well deserved kudu kill up in a Marula tree. We watched him feed for a while before he made his way down the tree to groom himself.