We can say it again – “We are so lucky; the game viewing has been incredible again this last month.”
The two big lion males, that often come into camp, that we have named, Copper and Coin, are still around and still patrol their territory – meaning they come straight through the lodge grounds. Sometimes they even visited us with their lionesses and cubs.
They are not the only lions that we have been fortunate to see and guests this month have been threated to numerous sightings. Some guests even managed to see 9 lions during their short stay.
The same big male Leopard has been seen on the river bank across from our deck at least 6 times during the month. He has also been seen on game drives, on a kill, on more than 4 occasions and twice during night drives.
In the camp we often see the tracks of leopards and we hear them call, but don’t often see them. One night, just after midnight, we heard a leopard in camp and those that were lucky enough to still be awake managed to see him.
There seems to be a continual flow of elephants to our area. Sometimes just big bulls moving solitary, other times in small groups of 2-4 bulls. Breeding herds have also blessed us with their presence.
We thought we had hit the jackpot when we had two breeding herds drinking at the same time across the river, until on one occasion we had a herd of around 150 animals come to drink and cool themselves off in the water – an absolute amazing sight.
When elephants come into the lodge their “average night stay” is about 4. They do a lot of damage to the lodge trees and plants, but are lovely guests to have.
Wild dogs have also moved through the area and we were fortunate to see them on two occasions.
General game viewing has also been great, with plenty of zebra, kudu, sable, hartebeest, reedbuck and oribi. The impala, puku and impala are always in camp.
There are plenty of hippos in the river and they often congregate in front of the lodge. Our resident hippo spent the first two weeks of this month with us, but has moved off to another grazing ground at the moment. We hope he will return soon to mow our lawn, as the grass is getting a bit long.
Other animals that were seen were white tailed mongoose, African civets, large spotted genets, bush babies and porcupines.
Birding – let me just say amazing.