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Winter sighting.

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, 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)

 

Elephants @ KWALATA

The last few weeks we have had several visits from Elephants. They are frequent visitors on the western side of the reserve.

December Photo-Gallery

GAME DRIVE DIARIES, NOVEMBER 1-14, 2014

Elephant bull KwalataWe had good rains the last few days & with it came a Bachelor group of elephants, buffalo and red hartebeest. The bachelor group consist of 3 big bulls and one teenage bull.

The teenage bull showed us an unusual behaviour where he dug out a African potato and went down on his knees to pick it up with his lips and started eating the potato in front of us as he was crossing the road. They spend the day in the area breaking trees and enjoy mud bath around one our dams. Imperial truck rental enjoyed the sighting of this bachelor group.
The bird life continue to increase and their calls amazing. The fighting between different species continues as we watched a Grey headed bush shrike get mobbed by two black backed puffbacks. The grey headed bush shrike managed to escape to his nest which left the puffbacks frustrated.

Our ostrich are still incubating their nest and it seems they have learned how to manage the annoying black backed jackals. The black backed jackals also have had 4 pups very nice to see the young jackals playing around their den.

Sightings of the week
Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)
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)
Tsessebe (Damaliscus lunatus)
Blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus)
Bushpig (Potamochoerus porcus)
Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus)
Grey headed bush shrike (Malaconotus blanchoti)
Black backed puffback (Dryoscopus cubla)
Crimson breasted shrike (Laniarius atrococcineus)
Crowned lapwing (Vanellus coronatus)
Blacksmith lapwing (Vanellus armatus)

elephant bullEland heard

Buffalo & Cattle egret
Buffalo & Cattle egret

Eland herd 1

 

 

Video gallery

Experience African wildlife on your doorstep. We offer a great game viewing experience. Only ½ hours drive from Pretoria. Dinokeng Game Reserve boasts with more than 18 000 ha of conservation area allows for plenty of game and bird life in the heart of the Bushveld. The videos are taken by Bushnell Trail Cameras,  used by Univ. of Pretoria

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