FIRST EDITION OF WEEK IN PICTURES #1
This marks the first edition of the week in pictures. The aim of week in pictures is too look back at the sightings we’ve had during the course of the week and highlight those we (Guides and Trackers) enjoyed just as much as the Pondoro guests.
Africa is very well known for being home to the big 5 , fortunately so is Pondoro Game Lodge. Safari’s this past week has been nothing less than spectacular regarding the sightings of the notorious big 5. So we will start with the first week in pictures…
A single male buffalo just coming out of a well deserved mud bath. These males are known as ‘daggaboys’ which refers to their habits of being around mud pools. They are not typically found with a herd but rather by themselves or in a small group not usually more than 10 members.
A young female elephant is captured here holding her trunk up, facing into the wind, smelling whatever the wind is carrying. She is indeed part of a herd, consisting of older females, sub-adult males and females and then the small calves trying to find their way around all the obstacles that the adults are simply not bothered by. We have had numerous herds move through the reserve and has given keen photographers many opportunities to take a great number of pictures of another member of the big 5.
Known to be the elusive member of the big 5 , here at Pondoro Game Lodge we have expert trackers that will make it their top priority to track and find these elusive cats. After some time tracking we managed to locate this beautiful female leopard (Faka Nchovela). First hiding in the midst of the grass but eventually showed herself by climbing into a Marula tree for a point of elevation from where she can scan the bush for her next meal.
The black rhino is known to be the aggressive one of the two species of rhino we have in our area (the white rhino is the second species). Here a male black rhino just stares at the vehicle and later decided to lie down, this type of relaxed behavior is common at Pondoro, and gives you time to look at the differences between the two species.
The oldest male of the Mohlabetsi coalition of male lions , consisting of 8 members. These males were seen numerous times over the course of the week. Their has also been a few sightings of the Impalabos pride and Kudyela’s pride as well.
That brings us to a close for the first edition of the week in pictures, we can not wait to share our next week in pictures, the long wait!