One mornings we were planning our drive and decided to use our western boundary road to get up north. While driving we managed to spot fresh lion tracks crossing the boundary road towards our concession. We decided to track them and after following the tracks for about ten minutes we located five nomadic sub-adult lions, which we recognised to be a portion of the Shishangaan Pride. One of these five sub-adult male lions was the famous white lion. After believing that they might have left our concession forever we were so happy to see them again!
Luckily, they stayed in our concession for the next week and we hope that they will frequent our area on a regular basis. It would be great to see them grow to a mature stage, especially the white lion, as we would like to see him grow and develop his white mane.
Photos by Brian Rode
“Go to the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees, and find out.”In Rudyard Kipling’s book “Just So Stories”, in the tale titled “The Elephant’s Child”, the Kolokolo bird sends the curious young elephant to the Limpopo River where he can find out the answer to one of his numerous questions… What does the crocodile eat? This story explains how the elephant got his long trunk and it is a great, fun read.
We have been very lucky again this year with very big flocks of red-billed queleas visiting our concession for feeding and breeding. We had seven different colonies on our concession alone.
The mere mention of the word “spider”, and many people will have a shiver running down their spine, and most likely, the majority of guests coming on safari would not add seeing spiders on their wish list of top ten things to encounter and get close to when in the African wilderness. With that being said however, many people are actually pleasantly surprised and intrigued when they do see one of the most elegant of arachnids: the orb web spiders.
Bushveld rain frogs are a species of uniquely southern African frogs, and these little frogs are a firm favourite amongst many guides. Reason being is that when confronted by a potential predator, they inflate themselves, giving the appearance of being puffed-up marshmallows. They are cryptically coloured and slow moving frogs that spend most of their time underground, and when they emerge on the surface, they comically walk or run rather than hop as most other frogs do.