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Photos February 2017

Photos @ Kwalata January 2017

JANUARY 2017

rainy-day-kwalata

 

 

The first week of 2017, a wet week. We received 170 mm of rain, which filled up most of the dams around Kwalata. The Pienaar’s river, in flood first time this season. The condition of veld is improving and young Blue wildebeest & Zebra offspring are still being born. We look forward to more sighting this year, with conditions so favourable to wildlife.
#MorethantheBig5, #kwalataeXperience

Winter 2016 Competition

Crimson breasted Shrike @ KwalataWinter Competition:  July-August 2016

SHRIKES                           Closing date:               30 August 2016   Location: Kwalata-Dinokeng

 

 

1. Take a picture of a shrike  on location                                                                2. Like our Kwalata Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/kwalatadinokeng
3. Send a message on Kwalata Facebook page, upload photo in message
4. We will reply and post your photo on the Blog
5. Your submission will be entered
6. We will select the winning photo
7. You will be notified via Facebook
8. Winners will be posted in the Game drive blog
9. Correspondence , T&C will be e-mailed
10. The winners come and enjoy your Game drive for 4 people!

GAME DRIVE DIARIES, AUGUST 2015

Ostrich Egg shells
Ostrich Egg shells

September is upon us and strong winds sweep past every morning and sometimes even during the day. We have seen a few tree species flowering amongst them the black thorn (acacia melifera) and common wild pear (dombeya ruthindifolia). Giraffe female and her calf seen drinking water at one of our dams and the little calf was very nervous and wanted to run but decided otherwise. Zebra herds continue to travel to dams and the footpath are slowly becoming clearer and clearer. Kudu bulls sighted near the camp slowly browsing and they seemed to be enjoying their browsing. Impala rams showing battle scars after mating season, some with broken horns, wounds and some limping. A large herds of eland sights with about 15 calves and a very big bull accompanied the herd and you could hear click sound elands are known for from the massive bull. Vervet monkey sighting are becoming frequent but as soon as the monkeys sight us they make a dash for cover and hide from the vehicle. Elephant bulls continue to visit us frequently and you can start seeing the signs they leave behind. They are slowly but surely giving the landscape a new look. Brown hyena tracks are a frequent sight around one of our dams we hope to have more sighting of the brown hyena not only their footprints.
Sighting of the week:
Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum)
Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)
Zebra (Equus quagga)
Red hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus caama or A. caama)
Black backed jackal (Canis mesomelas)
Water buck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus)
Eland (Taurotragus oryx)
Blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus)
Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus)

Photos @Kwalata June-July 2015

Game drive Diaries, July 2015

ELEPHANT @ KwalataThe elephants continue to visit us on a regular basis. which adds in the excitement of going out on a game drive as you never know what these guys will do. We sighted a dead aardwolf, we were not able to establish the cause of death. Later went on a game drive and saw another aardwolf. He gently stood up and disappeared into the long yellow thatching grass. Vervet monkeys are a regular sighting at the river. A Bushbuck ram was sighted enjoying a drink near main camp’s dam and when he realise we were watching he made a quick escape into the dense vegetation. Rhino were sighted enjoying a mud bath at one of our dams.
Large herds of zebra make regular visits at dams as water levels continue to decrease and grasses become dryer. A giraffe bulls sighted drinking water on one of our early morning drive, We also sighted a young giraffe calf walking all alone and she looked very nervous with no adult giraffe insight. A pair of two brown snake eagles sighted sitting on top of a weeping wattle scanning the surrounding area hoping they will find their next meal. Ostrich males are showing off their pink shins and chicks with some of them starting to be more aggressive towards each other.
Sightings of the month:
Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum)
Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)
Zebra (Equus quagga)
Red hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus caama or A. caama)
Black backed jackal (Canis mesomelas)
Water buck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus)
Eland (Taurotragus oryx)
Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)
Blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus)
Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus)
Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)
Aardwolf (Proteles cristatus)
Tsessebe (Damaliscus lunatus)
Slender mongoose (Galerella sanguinea)

Game drive Diaries, May 2015

The Days are considerably shorter and colder. Sunsets are already around 17:30. The Elephants are a regular sighting around the lodge. The buffaloes are spotted grazing next to the river early mornings and late afternoons.
Runting Season is in full swing, and the Impala males are serious in gathering females. Their efforts to impress females and let other males know who is who carries on till late night.
The giraffe calves are doing well and are browsing already.

Sightings for the month:
Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum)
Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)
Zebra (Equus quagga)
Red hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus caama or A. caama)
Black backed jackal (Canis mesomelas)
Water buck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus)
Eland (Taurotragus oryx)
Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)
Blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus)
Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus)
Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)

 

Winter 2015 is all about -OWLS-Competition

Barn Owl
Barn Owl

Winter Competition:  June 2015      OWLS                                                 Closing date:  August 2015                           Location: Kwalata-Dinokeng

 

 

 

 

 

1. Take a picture of any owl on location                                                              2. Like our Kwalata Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/kwalatadinokeng
3. Send a message on Kwalata Facebook page, upload photo in message
4. We will reply and post your photo on the Blog
5. Your submission will be entered
6. We will select the winning photo
7. You will be notified via Facebook
8. Winners will be posted in the Game drive blog
9. Correspondence ,T&C will be e-mailed
You come and enjoy your Game drive for 4 people!