Watebuck, giraffe, zebra,wildebeest
Hippos and crocodiles
Zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, kudu
Honey badger killing a snake
Hippo and crocodiles
Large and small spotted genet
African wild cat
Springhare and scrubhare
Giant eagle owl and spotted eagle owl
Morning walk - 20th March
We walked a very big loop at the Tzendze Confluence. We had lots of variety on the walk as we moved through riverine bush, Mopani shrubveld, large vlei areas attracting black shouldered kites, Mopani woodland and heavily forrested areas.
We found very fresh black rhino spoor and lion spoor. We came across a giant eagle owl and a juvenile figh eagle sitting on the same dead tree. They watched us for ages.
Morning walk - 10th March
We drove to Makhadzi Spruit and walked east towards the Lebombo Mountains. After leaving the large catchment area we headed for higher ground. While watching a golden-orb spider collect herself after being approached and glared at by 10 humans, we heard the typical stomping/branch breaking sound of an elephant. We quickly moved towards the sound and found only tracks.
We forgot about the elephant and not long afterwards found a very shy white rhino bull. The wind betrayed us, the rhino left and we carried on with the walk.
We spotted the elephant again and headed his way - he was on the move and we tried to keep up.
As we crossed a small spruit, there was a sudden strong scent of elephant. But no other signs. We stopped to reassess our direction, when a very calm voice came from the group.... 'There is an elephant'.... The bush was dense where we were standing and I immediately knew there was trouble. Myself and my colleague looked up and there he was.. head lifted and staring at us.
We backed off VERY quietly and watched his every move.
We disappeared into the mopanis before anything serious could happen.
Much later on in the walk, we heard a trumpeting and crashing through the trees, we stopped, listened and realized it was coming our way. The elephant had been following us and was annoyed, but did not have our scent. We caught a glimpse of him and quickly decided to leave the area before he found us.
The rest of the walk was uneventful, but with adrenalin still flowing through the group - it remained thoroughly entertaining.
Many lone buffalo bulls have been seen on foot this month. There is a lot of lion activity in the Letaba area as tracks are seen on each walk. A white rhino bull was found sleeping a burnt area north of the camp and elephants have been easily found. Other sightings included side-striped jackal, little sparrowhawk with prey, secretary bird, ground hornbills, zebra, giraffe and waterbuck with small calves, purple heron and crocodile with prey.
The bush has been getting very dry and rhino are concentrating near the rivers now. But last night we had 10mm of rain so the pans will be full again.