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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)

 

Elephants @ KWALATA

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

GAME DRIVE DIARIES, NOVEMBER 27, 2014

Kwalata - ChameleonNew Arrivals:  With the rain came Impala,Tsessebe, Blesbok, and Red-hartebeest lambs. We stumbled, across litter of warthog piglets.The weavers have their hands full with the diderik and klaas cuckoos attempting to lay their eggs in their nests. The grey headed bush-shrike chicks are growing up fast and is seen daily in and around the lodge. We are waiting patiently for the ostrich & white faced owl’s eggs to hatch.The giraffe calves have been seen eating leaves, they are doing very well. With the rain the buffalo and rhino are enjoying the mud baths, even wit a little competition as to who stays the longest in the mud, thus far the rhino is king of the bath, and the buffalo has to wait patiently for their turn.The ostrich still has a daily battle with the jackal, but wards off any attempts of the jackal to get to the eggs.

Sightings for 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)
Green backed heron (Butorides striatus)
Grey heron(Ardea cinerea)
Yellow-billed stork (Mycteria ibis)
Woodland kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis)

November 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

 

 

October Photo-Gallery

GAMEDRIVE DIARIES, OCTOBER 23-31, 2014

BuffaloFirst rain for the season. 35mm of rain on Saturday. Thankful we are for this rain.
With the rain came the rest of the Cuckoo family: Diderick and Klaas cuckoo.

The ostrich eggs have yet to hatch, and the ostrich parents have their hands full with the jackal.
New arrivals this week – buffalo calf, zebra foal and warthog piglets – 4 of them.
The buffalo treated us to a long suckling session to the delight of the people on the game viewers.
Sightings for the week:
Thick billed weaver (Amblyospiza albifrons)
Brown hooded king fisher (Halcyon albiventris)
African Spoonbill (Platalea alba)
Diderick cuckoo (Chrysococcyx caprius)
Klaas cuckoo (Chrysococcyx klaas)
Black backed jackal (Canis mesomelas)
Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus)
Zebra (Equus quagga)
Impala (Aepyceros melampus)
Bushpig (Potamochoerus porcus)
Blesbuck (Damaliscus pygargus phillipsi)
White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum)
Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)
Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)
Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)

Wateringhole

October 1- 10, 2014

Eland BullSummer is here, its hot & dry.
There is no sign of rain, even with the optimistic weather forecasts.
The, Common gardenia (Gardenia volkensii), has started to flower and the Petliforum trees started to show green leaves.
The red-billed green wood hoopoe has laid eggs and they hatched this week, chalet No 8. The ostrich is still on her clutch of eggs.
Mongena reported the birth of lion cubs, will keep you up to date.

Sightings of the week:
Rhino & calf
Python
Eland & calfs
Giraffe with new born
Green back heron (Striated Heron)
Black chested snake eagle
Brown hooded & Pied Kingfisher

eland family