WEEK IN PICTURES #14
“There is no creature among all the Beasts of the world which hath so great and ample demonstration of the power and wisdom of the almighty God as the Elephant” – Edward Topsell
Words used by the English author best remembered for his bestiary in the late 1500’s to early 1600’s can not describe an elephant in any better way. The remarkable ability of these animals to dig either for food or water, to be able to smell the desired bulbs underground are only a few of there many talents, and on safari we are able to share a few moments with these large terrestrial mammals.
The Buffaloes has kept themselves under the radar for most of the week but a few sightings of very small herds were enjoyed. These large herd animals like buffalo typically break up in to smaller herds for the dry winter months to be able to get good grazing. A few males were also seen around a waterhole several times and these males not being with a herd anymore can lye in the mud all day long.
During the course of the week the Machaton males were mating with the 2 older Kudyela females and the intensity between the brothers were very high and often fights broke out between them over the females for mating rights. Still keeping to themselves are the Mohlabetsi males, very few sightings of them has been had and sometimes only for a few hours before they return to hiding.
The Kudyela Pride being still a young pride is sometimes very playful and an absolute pleasure to watch as they chase each other around. They were also successful in taking down a blue wildebeest in the week but between all of them lasted not even 2 hours. They have covered a lot of ground and seems to not spend to much time in one area before they move of to the next.