20.11. Part One
We Left the camp at around 6am and slowly followed veryone that left earlier.
Just after passing Sitzas waterhole we were held up by a small traffic jam of 3 cars
We staretd to scan the area.
A Cheetah was lying in the dunes.
Having a look with our binoculars we discovered that it was the female collared Cheetah that we had met before.
At that time with her injured cub Anton.... Larger View
We knew that she now had two cubs and we also knew that they were still with her, so we scanned the area even more thoroughly…..
And yes we were successful and spotted one of them on a smaller dune nearby. Larger View
The cub walked over to a small tree where the other one was already playing. Larger View Larger View
Mum joined them and together they left into the direction of the riverbed. Larger View
And then the fun started….
The two cubs were fighting and chasing each other. What a joy!!! Larger View Larger View Larger View Larger View Larger View
Mum waited for them patiently. Larger View
Then the youngsters discovered a new tree and climbed it. Larger View Larger View
Cheetah cubs are so cute and fluffy. Larger View
The three of them stopped at the bottom of the dunes and were looking a bit excited. We soon discovered why..
A herd of Wildebeest was making it’s way through the riverbed, walking straight towards the Cheetahs.
The mother observed the Wildebeest and tried to ignore them. Larger View
The Wildebeest started snorting and even stepped closer. After that the Wildebeest went further away and the Cheetahs left again.This time to the direction of the dunes top.
And we thought that was it. Larger View
But no, they were making their way back into the riverbed.
So we followed them yet again till they reached a small sand mound.
Here they lazed a bit in the sun. Larger View Larger View
Only until the mother discovered a small herd of Springbok and started to stalk them. Larger View
She walked to the end of the mound and waited in the shade of a small tree.
Of course the cubs started to follow her and ruined it all,
The Springboks spotted them and ran further away. Larger View
This time they left the riverbed and went into the dunes.
But what a sighting….
We observed them for more than 2 hours. Cheetah 1Cheetah 2Cheetah 3Cheetah 4Cheetah 5Cheetah 6Cheetah 7Cheetah 8Cheetah 9Cheetah 10Cheetah 11Cheetah 12Cheetah 13Cheetah 14
As it was already quite late we just wanted to drive to Dalkeith and then return back to KTC.
We stopped at Craig Lockhardt before that and discovered the dead Lioness.
We changed our plans again, took some pics for the Rangers at Mata Mata and turned around to report her to the reception there.
I had tears in my eyes, especially when I saw the state of the poor Lioness.
She must have starved to death....
We felt very heavy hearted, but we enjoyed the sightings along the way nevertheless.
Like this Kingfisher on the 20km Mata Mata sign. Larger View
And the Hoepoe roaming for food. Larger View
All o a sudden there was a commotion on the road.
The Cheetahs were back again and crossed the road right in front of us….. Larger View Larger View
It all happened very fast, mum ran into the dunes and the cubs followed her. With a hysteric Jackal in tow Cheetah
Of course we checked the Owls again. Larger View
Back at Mata Mata we reported the dead Lioness at the reception.
The man on duty told us that people kept reporting a dead Lioness for several days in a row now, but that she was always still alive.
So the Rangers always checked and returned back to Mata Mata.
We told him that she was definitely dead now, as the Crows had already visited her and showed him the photos we took, he was aghast. And left to tell the Rangers immediately.
We were just on our way to leave Mata Mata, when he told us that the rangers were already on their way.