We can be safe to say that winter has come and gone, and the daytime temperatures begin to sore as summer is fast approaching. This has not affected the game viewing of late as the sightings have continued to impress. The diversity within this week’s TWIP highlights just how much is going on at the moment. The mother cheetah and her year-old cub are becoming a regular feature where they pop up randomly in all different parts of the reserve.
The aloes finish off flowering, and giraffes, elephants and leopards seem to make up the rest. An intense view of a crocodile makes it in as it devours an impala who unfortunately took refuge from a pack of wild dogs in the water, only to be caught by a larger reptilian predator.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
A mother cheetah and her male cub quench their thirst early one morning. These two cheetahs had just finished off their impala kill. To see one cheetah out in the open having a drink is a rarity, seeing two is just quite incredible. We watched these two drink for almost five minutes, they then found the comfort of the shade underneath a large Marula tree.
The beautiful afternoon light strikes the Plaque Rock Female at eye level with our vehicle. After we managed to get the photographs we needed she decided to head off into the thicket line to look for food.
A pretty young playful female found along the river to the east of camp
On a cold morning, the dew that had condensed on the aloes was stunning to capture.
As the last of the aloes begin to lose their flowers a male Collared sunbird hops around from one inflorescence to the next feasting on the nectar.
After having an impala chased into a waterhole as it tries to flee a pack of wild dogs, this opportunistic crocodile rapidly grabbed hold of it and began to feed.
Finishing off the last of the impala.
The Plaque Rock female perches on a termite mound right next to our vehicle. She rested up on this mound for about twenty minutes and then positioned perfectly for us. For me, the black and white version of this photograph was the best, it adds a level of drama to the scene.
A zebra mare pauses in the golden afternoon light, giving us the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of her unique pattern and healthy main.
A squirrel sitting just outside of a cavity within a dead Leadwood tree from which it had just appeared.
The Flat Rock Male on a territorial patrol as he walks through a misty crest on a cold winter’s morning.
A dominant male leopard over the majority of the north. He originally took over the 4:4 Male's territory when he died.
This elephant bull took a liking to the upper branches of a Marula tree and made use of his long trunk to retrieve his mouthful.
A young giraffe takes an opportunity to fully relax for a few moments by curling its neck over its back while the rest of the journey continued browsing nearby.
Early one morning we found this cheetah moving through the open grasslands with her one-year-old male cub. Every now and then the mother would climb a termite mound to scan her surroundings.
A young giraffe, accompanied by a red-billed oxpecker on his forehead, enjoys the sunset.
The Three Rivers female glances backwards at the distant roars from the Ndhzenga males before continuing onwards and putting more distance between them.
Forced into early independence as her mother was killed by the Southern Avoca Males.
Elephants crossing the river is always a spectacular sight to see.
Stunning rays of light beam across teh sky well after sunset.
After we watched a small breeding herd of elephants splash themselves with mud at a nearby wallow this bull then dust bathed. The sodium-rich sand was a brilliant contrast as he covered himself with the dust.
The reward of patience and persistence when following the tracks of a leopard is finding it unperturbed in its natural habitat.
The dry winter allows us to see some more of the smaller and elusive animals such as the Side Striped Jackal.