It’s been a month of drama and inspiration.
The drama was when we heard a ‘death cry’ from an area amid the lodge surroundings. This is a very distinctive and chilling noise an antelope makes when it is killed, and there’s no mistaking it. Staff members rushed to the area and were met on the pathway by a leopard carrying a male klipspringer in its jaws! It’s quite normal for leopards to prey on klipspringers but leopards are usually so shy of us and elusive, and this was ‘our’ klipspringer! Klipspringers are monogamous and a male and a female pair have been our lodge mascots for many years – always delighting guests and us by being in the lodge garden or perching on the rocky boulders like bronze statuettes. As the leopard’s crime was discovered it dropped the dead klipspringer and fled – it was probably so intent on a meal that it didn’t realise there were humans nearby. The female klipspringer was unharmed but she looks so bereft and will now need to go in search of a new life partner. The inspiration is art. So many scenes seem reminiscent of the works of great masters as well as modern artists, as this next story describes…Photography can be described as painting with light and I’m constantly intrigued by how light changes the mood of a scene, how it reminds me of great artworks and how it inspires me to be creative. I couldn’t help thinking of the vast canvases of the great master, the English Romantic painter, John Constable, when I saw this rhinoceros drinking. The way he captured light washing over idyllic country scenes and expansive cloudy skies in masterpieces like The Hay Wain immediately came to mind. Oh how I wish he’d seen the African landscapes we see!
Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Pamushana Wildlife Report July 2013
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.