Great news comes in threes – and so it was one afternoon last week when our guests had a sighting of wild dogs that included pups of about eight weeks old, in a pack of ten. This is our first wild dog sighting in quite a while as they are known to range over areas as vast as 500 square kilometres, and we are delighted that they’ve returned to our safe land. Immediately after seeing the wild dogs the guests were then treated to the extremely rare sight of a pangolin! The third piece of great news was an announcement from one of our staff that had us popping the champagne – in fact there is much for each member of our team to celebrate at the moment, these are exciting times indeed. I was surprised to see this bateleur (Terathopius ecaudatus) and hooded vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus)perched so closely together on dead leadwood branches. I inched the vehicle closer, switching the engine off each time so as not to disturb them, and crept right beneath them – no more than six metres away. They seemed to be giving each other the cold shoulder, which gave me the perfect opportunity to photograph this rare sight.
Recently, I was enjoying a game drive with my guests through an area called Banyini (loosely translating to ‘open grassland’). Most water sources are drying up as we are in the dry season, with the bigger water systems holding water longer, such as the Banyini Pan. As a result most animals will frequent these points to hydrate and, with that, so will the predators lurk while looking for opportunities to come to them. Naturally this is a great place for us to explore, looking for the animals and the action…
Waterbuck in these parts tend to live in small herds of six to twelve, sometimes more, with one dominant male who defends the territory. We have a small herd of seven waterbuck which live around Sosigi Dam. Two females are pictured here in the early morning light, on the bank of the dam. Only the males have horns.
Buffalo are not very high up on many safari guests list of animals to watch, however they can be an interesting species to observe. This particular afternoon we were off the beaten track looking for rhinos. The roads led us to Lojaan Dam, a quiet little corner in the central east of our property. Just before we got to the dam we bumped into the start of a breeding herd of buffalo, that were heading to the water to drink.