GAME DRIVE DIARIES, JANUARY 2015.

Giraffe BullIt is a new year and we had some good rain the past week. The hyperthelia dissoluta (Yellow thatching grass) is standing over the 2m tall.
The elephant bachelors heard are regular visitors. The uprooted trees are a bounty for impala, kudu and eland. The dung beetles are plenty full, and are working tirelessly making dung balls. We have spotted several jackal pups, they are doing well and growing by the day. Early morning drive stumbled across a snouted cobra going after a frog. Our presence startled the cobra, it made off into the grass and gave ‘delighted’ frog a second chance. Two rhino bulls were sighted in a fight which lasted for a while. With the two bulls evenly matched none of them wanted to back down. Later that afternoon we spotted two rhino cows along with their calves enjoying a mud bath. They treated us with a show as they left the mud and went to find a scrubbing post. We watched each individual scratch and they took turns- it was very nice to see this behavior from the Rhino.
Sightings 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)
Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)
Blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus)
Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus)

 

 

4 thoughts on “GAME DRIVE DIARIES, JANUARY 2015.”

  1. Nice blog, makes me miss the bush ever so much.
    I must say, I immediately knew Trevor wrote this blog as soon as I read “The hyperthelia dissoluta (Yellow thatching grass) is standing over the 2m tall”. Big words! Miss you guys, hope to see you all soon!

    1. Hi Kwaku, Good to hear from you! I wish it was me… however, Vincent our Field guide, is the man using the big words!
      The bush looks good, pop in some time. Looking forward to see you
      Trevor

  2. Hi Trevor

    Hope you are well, must say I’m quite stunned how Kwalata has developed over the years. We use to go there with a club eradicating “queen of the night” when the training centre at the top was just established. Used to visit Chris that was staying at top unit where the offices are, Charl was still single, you still visiting with the “opsit kers”! lol
    Was lekke old days!!
    Good to see all es going very well.

    Take Care

    Rentia

    1. Hi Rentia,
      Thank you for the message. It has been quite a while, and yes we are blessed, the game reserve has grown and Dinokeng has made it possible for elephants, lion, Buffalo to roam free.
      today the reserve expands 18,500 HA and as an environmental management team. The adventure camp is doing exceptionally well, several colleges and universities doing practical fieldwork and field research, even so far as students from Hong Kong.

      It was good to hear from you and please do come in for a cup of coffee if you are in the area.
      All the best

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