This week we enjoy a predator-rich and diverse week of fantastic sightings. The cool winter morning has meant that activity lasts long after the sun has risen with the golden light filling many of the scenes. We enjoy a number of sightings of cheetahs, one particular one was during a very misty morning when the mother and cub settled on a termite mound to survey their surroundings.
A snap of the Nhlanguleni Female’s cub makes it in along with a stunning shot of one of the Xinzele Female’s cubs who climbs up onto the boulder to get a better look at what was going on. One of the Nkoveni Young Females leaps from the branches of a fallen marula tree to land on top of her sibling who was calmly resting beneath.
Sunbirds, Oxpeckers, African Hawk-eagles and a Spotted Eagle-owl make up the amazing birding contingent of this week. With elephants and lions making up the rest. All-in-all a fantastic week was had by all.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
The Xinzele Female’s cub. Patience rewarded us after spotting the mother lying on these boulders. After some time the cub came out to get a better look at us. Such a sighting, in such a magical scene, is very easily the rarest and most special.
A small female often found in NW Marthly. Similar spot pattern to her mother the Ingrid Dam Female.
A misty backdrop made for an ethereal scene as this mother cheetah scanned the clearings ahead for any potential prey.
With the cub lying at the base of the mound, the already hungry pair were on the search for anything they could find!
Catching a glimpse of the Nhlanguneni Females’ cub in-between the dense foliage.
Initially skittish she spent a lot of time in the Sand River, now relaxed she makes up the majority of leopard viewing west of camp.
A White-bellied Sunbird probes into one of the many aloe flowers on offer.
One of the Nkoveni Young Females rests on a fallen marula tree. You can see the matted texture of the fur on her paws and chest. A result of playing with her sibling earlier in the long dew-covered grass.
Also young and playful but rather with a spot pattern of 3:2. She is slightly bigger than her sister.
With her sibling resting beneath her this Nkoveni Young female leaps out of a marula tree from a height of over three metres to pounce on her unsuspecting sibling. Honing valuable skills she will use later on when hunting most of her own prey.
This tall aloe stood out above the rest of the flowerbed and seldom got any visitors. That’s until this White-bellied Sunbird landed on it. He chose not to feed and instead used it for more of a vantage point from which he should can scan the flowers below and planned his next move.
The detail in a tusk can be beautiful.
The not so common, and very beautiful Yellow-billed Oxpecker. Here three of them, two adults and one juvenile, rest on the back of a young buffalo while it grazes.
The sun rises over a small herd of wildebeest cavorting in a clearing.
A cheetah rests atop a fallen marula as the late afternoon light begins to fade.
A young elephant calf raises his trunk while investigating us in the vehicle. These young elephants are very curious but seldom wander far from their mothers, whose shadow is cast over this one’s face.
Shortly after descending a marula tree, the Ximungwe Young Male uses a termite mound to gaze over the open grassy crest for anything of interest.
A great spot from a guest gave us a stunning view of this Spotted Eagle-owl!
A lioness claws a leadwood tree before moving on to hunt.
Two elephants extend their trunks out towards each other in a greeting ritual whereby they place the trunk into one another’s mouths.
The three Ndzhenga Males on another territorial patrol looked formidable.
A breeding pair of African Hawk-eagles perched in the bare branches of a dead leadwood. These birds were using this vantage point to scan the surrounding open clearings for any potential prey – usually, ground birds such as helmeted guineafowl or francolin.
A large female giraffe presented herself beautifully within an open clearing. With a massive height advantage and keen vision, she kept a casual eye on a hyena wandering about in the distance.