On a short walking safari we saw fresh tracks of lions with cubs, cheetahs and hyena, but unfortunately not the animals themselves. We walked to the natural hot spring where we found the breeding herd of elephants, that have been around the area for the last week, managing to get as close as 10 – 15 meters from them.
The game drives were unfortunately not great as we are still very limited to where we can drive and the bush is still very thick.
The fishing however was not bad and guests managed to catch about 60 fish (Bream and Pike on catch and release). Hippos, crocs and some of the antelopes on the river banks were seen on these fishing excursions.
The birding was also good; some of the birds we saw were: Green Backed Heron, Purple Crested Turaco, African Grey Hornbill, Hammerkop, Fish eagles, African Jacana, Saddle Bill Stork, African Darter, Pied Kingfisher, and Giant Kingfisher.
On the Tuesday after the weekend, Ginger, our resident lion, wandered through camp. Unfortunately some of our guests had already checked-out.
Well this is how things happened in the bush. You can never tell when the animals will be around. But for sure they are there.
Rangers Diary 13th – 19th April 2014
A large breeding herd of elephant that when we first saw them caused us to sit for some length while they crossed the road in front of us. They stayed in the area for a number of days and we were fortunate to see them often.They also came very close to the lodge on a few occasions.
The Easter weekend started on 18th April 2014 and we were most surprised that the animals were all of a sudden nowhere to be seen. The impalas, pukus, bush buck, warthogs, vervet monkeys and baboons were the only ones around.
Rangers Diary 6th – 12th April 2014
The great excitement this week was spotting a cheetah that was hunting, but stopped as soon as it saw us, and quickly moved off. We did a few loops and found a cheetah feeding on an impala it had killed.
The following day going to collect staff I saw our resident lion and his lionesses with 3 cubs. We had seen the mating last year before we closed, so I was so excited to see the cubs.
It was a good drive as I also came across a large herd of sable antelope and roans.
Rangers Diary 30th March – 5th April 2014
Ginger, the lion who regularly visited the lodge, seemed more interested in seeing us as he followed his normal route through the lodge facilities, before disappearing.
The following day early in the morning hour we could hear him roaring to east of the camp coming closer and closer, soon he was in the camp following his normal route.
Lions on both sides of the river have been roaring almost every night and we have also been fortunate to hear leopard.
Rangers Diary 23rd – 29th March 2014
We arrived back to re-open for the year after the raining season to lush bush and the fields green with tall grass. The Plains are still soggy and the roads are still impassable making game drives very difficult as only some few short roads would be available. In places there are small springs where the water still bubbles up.
It was not long before some of the regulars made their presence known. The 2 male lions, we have named Copper and Coin, welcomed us back with their roars from across the river, we were delighted that they were still around.
Our second day back we spotted cheetah on the road to the pontoon. The female is heavily pregnant and surely due shortly.
That night we had three hippos in the camp and a hyena calling nearby.
A day on and the Cheetahs were spotted again on the airstrip and elephant came into the lodge grounds to feed as usual on our mango trees. They didn’t appear to pleased to see us back.