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Photos February 2017

Photos @ Kwalata January 2017

January – February 2016

Beginning of yet another year. As expected very hot with a bit of relief in the afternoons with thunder showers and some rain. It has been an interesting period that we are going through, We saw the return of White Rhinos, Elephants and Buffalo. We found a carcass of a young Zebra presumably killed by lion. The lions have been busy and a herds of zebra screaming alarm calls very often throughout the night. We hope we will see them soon around the area. We sighted two giraffes mating as we watched we realised that the female had a young calf with her which looked very young. The calf tried to suckle but the mom had to also deal with the attention she got from the bull. Herds of eland with big bull continue to bless us with their presence and some of the bulls battle for status amongst the herd living a few casualties behind. Two of the bulls are limping from injuries they suffered during the battles.

 

Sightings of the month:

Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

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)

Tsessebe (Damaliscus lunatus)

Blesbok (Damaliscus dorcas phillipsi)

White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum)

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

January 2015 Photos

October Photo-Gallery

Game Drive Diaries, October 11-17, 2014

giraffe drinkingStill no rain, there are dark clouds and even thunder, but no rain.

Centurion Academy had their practical field-work this week. We focused on soil erosion & alien plant control. We managed to get quite a lot done with combating the queen of the nights (Cereus sp.).
This week has been marked with the return of:
Violet backed starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster)
Black-headed Oriole (Oriolus larvatus)
Black backed Puffback (Dryoscopus cubla)
A pair of Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone viridis) are building a nest in Main camp
A Gabar Goshawk (Micronisus gabar) caught a House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) in front of us and got mobbed by 4 different species of birds: Yellow Masked Weaver (Ploceus velatus), Forked Tailed Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis), Groundscraper Thrush (Psophocichla litsitsirupa) and Southern Boubou (Laniarius ferrugineus).

Snakes are moving and we spotted
A large boomslang (Dispholidus typus)
African rock python (Python natalensis)
Puff adder(Bitis arietans)

Sightings of the week:
Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus)
Zebra (Equus quagga)
Impala (Aepyceros melampus)
Bush Pigs (Potamochoerus porcus)
Blesbuck (Damaliscus pygargus phillipsi)
White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum)
Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)
Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsicero)

Kwalata - Girafe  family

Photos August 2014