FOURTH EDITION OF WEEK IN PICTURES #4
The season is on a turning point with cool misty morning drives where everyone is seeking warmth underneath their blankets and some only exposing their eyes too try and spot something before the guide and tracker asks the ‘do you see it’ question.
We have enjoyed quite a few sightings of the Mohlabetsi coalition of male lions, on many different occasions. The big dominant male of the coalition is continuously seen with two females of the Kudyela Pride and the male we refer to as ‘Blondie’ has been absent this week. The younger members of the coalition covered great distances during the course of the week reaching almost every corner of our traversing area. The lions kept themselves well fed, being seen with full stomachs mostly, but we just could not seem too find them while enjoying a meal.
Whilst busy following the tracks of the big cats we stumbled upon a herd of about 40 elephant around a waterhole and it was fantastic too witness the pushing and shoving from all the big males present for the best place at the water. Herds of 30+ elephant are in abundance now and with that attracts many bull elephants that are currently in musth that can at times make it a challenge to have a good sighting of the herds.
Both species of rhinos were seen during the course of the week and there is no better way to explain the difference than to see the difference. Probably the most noticeable difference is their feeding habits, the white rhino being a grazer and the black rhino a browser so the difference in their lip structure.
A pack of 9 wild dogs has for the last week kept us very entertained with playful behavior. They have also been seen hunting, but for anyone that knows of their hunting strategy will also know that it is close to impossible too try and keep up with these endurance runners through thick vegetation and usually ends up in us loosing sight of them.
Chavaluthu the dominant male leopard also made a few appearances but for most parts of the week kept himself out of the spotlight. When we did manage too see him he did not disappoint the onlookers as he was busy patrolling his territory and our guests had front row seats to see how it’s done.
A safari at Pondoro Game Lodge will bring you closer too the smaller things in life and show one that there are much more here than just the big 5. Here a tree squirrel is busy nibbling through the pip of a marula fruit to get the highly nutritious nuts that are inside. This marks the end of this week’s week in pictures and hoping that the following week will produce amazing week in picture material for us to share.