One cannot help driving through the bush and noticing particular game paths or ‘ideal’ spots that you reckon animals would enjoy. And while we check on these as often as we can, there is always a little seed of wonder as to what goes on while we are on the other side of the reserve or even warmly tucked into our beds at night.
With this in mind I decided to put up a camera trap in the Tugwaan drainage line in hopes of capturing some of these secret moments. Thanks to Phill Judd, a regular Londolozi guest who sponsored the camera, we have been able to do just that.
I hope you enjoy this selection of what has been happening in the Tugwaan drainage over the last few weeks.
The red dot marks the spot where I set up the camera trap.
A hippo saunters by, unaware that his portrait was being snapped away!
A breeding herd of elephant
Family day out
Two buffalo bulls feed past.
The Tamboti female, with her beautifully coloured coat
A sneaky hyena out in search of a meal
Ranger Greg Pingo and tracker Andrea Sithole following Tamboti’s tracks!
A young bushbuck just makes it into the shot.
The Short-tailed male out on patrol as he continues establishing himself a territory.
A last glance before disappearing down the drainage line.
A male nyala takes a good look into the lens setting off the timer at the opportune moment.
Can you spot the porcupine?
Beautiful afternoon light accentuates the wrinkled skin of these two elephant.
Written and collected by: Andrea Campbell
Stay tuned for part 2 – coming soon!