As we got to the pan we saw ten elephant bulls drinking and splashing around in the mud, then we moved off to the side and disembarked the vehicle for sundowners. As the guests were enjoying their red wine a group of about a dozen buffalo dagga boys came past us and went to drink and wallow. As the sun was setting a white rhino cow and calf came to the water and drank alongside the elephants and buffalos, and in the distance we saw a black rhino that was waiting for us to leave. Then as it was getting dark the Southern Pride of five lions came in slowly. It was getting dark so we spied on them with our binos as they stalked towards the water. We patiently waited for about an hour hoping to witness a kill. Eventually the lions came to the water and drank and the buffalo charged off. We also decided to leave as it was getting late, but as we left and were driving away we heard bellowing, so immediately turned the vehicle around and came back, witnessing the lions kill one of the dagga boys about 15 meters from us!
In the morning we returned to the scene to find the five lions sleeping under a bush in front of the hide. Later on elephants arrived and
chased the lions around!
Our sunken photographic hide offers you the opportunity to be at water-level in a safe, contained and cool place. It’s exciting seeing the
heroes of the safari experience as well as observing the smaller animals that need to drink too.
Here a jackal is framed by an impala. (Taken inside the hide.)
A curious white rhino bull inspected us as other rhinos, buffalos, elephants and zebra gather at the water.
Five young rhinos were peacefully enjoying a drink when out of the bushes appeared a huge bull. Much tentative approaching, cautious greeting and submissive squealing ensued from the youngsters. The big bull reversed into the muddy shallows and flopped down for a wallow, but after a while the youngsters irritated him and needed to be shown who is boss.
A tender moment as impala finally summon the courage to quickly quench their thirst. (Taken inside the hide.)
Walking in general is good for your health so you find that most people love it, but they don’t take it to the lengths I do. The most exhilarating part for me when I am walking is that all of my senses function at their extreme, and this is when I completely connect with nature.
This is an amazing little animal that has the speed of greased lightning! The slender mongoose is the most ferocious of the mongooses and is frequently seen, on game drives, crossing the road at high speed, undeniably recognised by its speckled russet colour and black-tipped tail.
The Malilangwe Reserve is home to very healthy black and white rhino populations and, while black rhinos are more reclusive than white rhinos, every guest spending a few days at Singita Pamushana can be near guaranteed of having unrivalled wild rhino viewing.
The sun was setting and the pack of wild dogs left the riverbed where they’d spent a relaxing afternoon, to go on an early evening hunting foray. We left the area too as it was getting dark, and following a hunting pack as they disperse in all direction is near impossible. They fanned out through the scrub, and we trundled off down the track, heading homewards.