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One day it was predicted to reach 41 degrees Celsius or 105,8 degrees Fahrenheit. Now, this is pretty hot but that afternoon as we were preparing for Game Drive, we noticed there was a storm approaching from the west where the mountains lay.
Buffalo are known to kill lions when lions try to hunt them and even go out of their way to charge and mob lions to make sure they are chased out of the area where there are small calves.
On safari, we encounter different types of predators. Most of the time they are lazing around during the heat of the day, beautiful and majestic and fear nothing. However, this can all change in a matter of seconds if a different predator is in the vicinity.
It is usually assumed that due to their massive size, with a baby Elephant weighing as much as 100kg and adults about four to six tons, these animals are easy to find.
Today, the 22nd of September is labelled as, ‘World Rhino Day.’ A day that is dedicated to raising awareness in order to combat the plight of an iconic animal.
Once I knew what they were talking about, my heart rate and excitement skyrocketed. The ranger that had spotted them earlier said it looked like they were ready to be on the move again.
African Rock Pythons are currently listed in the South African Red Data Book as vulnerable. Large ones are often killed as they are a threat to local communities and their livestock. Therefore, the really big ones are an incredibly rare sight.
We decided to try the nearby water sources and see what nature had in store for us. Nothing was found near the water sources so we decided to go back to the kill site and follow the tracks from there. But that was not necessary!
I made my way north along the river to see if maybe we could spot a crocodile or even some Hippos, when we had the best possible surprise and sighting of the morning!
This action is commonly referred to as necking, but in fact is known as ‘sparring’. ‘Necking’ refers to the behaviour between males and females during courtship or bonding.
Hyenas are a well-known animal as they have featured in a few TV shows and movies, with probably one of the most famous being The Lion King, housing a reputation and a bad one at that.
Most of us are aware of the situation we are currently facing with the huge rhino poaching crisis in Southern Africa. This makes every sighting that we get of rhinos even more special than ever before…
Now that the bush has undergone its transition from its lush, green summer look to the various shades of winter browns, the cats that live out here gain the ultimate advantage. Camouflage!
There was no reason for the leopard to be alarmed but after about 5 minutes of lying down and watching them, he suddenly jumped up and went for them…
We were driving along a particularly straight section of the road when I spotted a very strange looking creature about 50 m ahead slowly meandering down towards us. It took a couple of seconds for my mind to figure out the shape at that distance, but when I did my heart skipped a beat. Not able to control my excitement I hushed to my guests…
This young elephant was only a couple of months old. It was being rather silly and excitedly ran between other members of the herd, then back to mom for some assurance and then back to the others once again.
Today, Giraffes are considered vulnerable on the IUCN Red List (estimated population of +-100 000 individuals) with some subspecies listed as endangered.
After the snack was complete the bird scurried along the ground before it took flight and that was the moment when we could 98% positively identify it!