The Classic South African Safari: Day 5

After all the cat action over the previous days we were searching for the big heavies, and we were more than successful. Sightings of elephant, rhino and buffalo were abundant throughout the morning, although we did manage to find 2 large male lions, which was a nice surprise. The cats made a comeback in the afternoon though; we found a female leopard walking close to the camp, followed by a male cheetah. He was on the move, and was quite difficult to keep up with, but we managed to get some good photographs of him as he went about his business – it is always a treat seeing a cheetah in this part of South Africa.

Major sightings of the day:

  • 4 sightings of rhino
  • 2 sightings of male buffalo
  • 4 sightings of elephant herds
  • 2 male lions
  • Male elephant
  • Female leopard
  • Male cheetah

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The Great Migration Safari 2013: Day 2

Cats and kills were the keywords of the day.  A cheetah chasing and catching a thomson’s gazelle started us off, and was quickly followed by a large male lion dragging his topi kill away from some vultures that looked a little too interested for his liking.  The single lioness with the 3 small cubs were working their way through a large zebra kill, while the mother with the 4 cubs played happily next to a warthog that didn’t make it.  Earlier on on the day, we found 6 sub-adult lions reuniting after being briefly separated, and in between all the cat action, many herds of elephants were seen along with numerous buffaloes.

Major sightings of the day:

  • Female cheetah chasing and catching a thomson’s gazelle
  • Many herds of elephants
  • Several buffalo
  • Male lion dragging a topi kill
  • 6 sub-adult lions reuniting
  • 2 hyaenas
  • 2 black backed jackals
  • Lioness with 3 small cubs on a zebra kill
  • Lioness with 4 small cubs playing around a warthog kill
  • Numerous bird sightings
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The Great Migration Safari 2012: Day 9

Our final morning drive proved to be as productive as the rest of the safari.  Great sightings of two large male lions, two male cheetah on a fresh wildebeest kill, a baby giraffe and a troop of baboons giving us a show to remember – all topped off by mating ostriches!

Major sightings of the day:

  • Herd of elephants
  • Lions, 2 sightings (3 cubs and 2 large males)
  • 2 male cheetah, with fresh wildebeest kill
  • Giraffe and baby
  • Mating ostriches
  • Olive baboons, jumping over a stream
  • Eland

The Great Migration Safari 2012: Day 7

Day 7 was a day that involved a little bit of everything.  The birds started us off, with great sightings of an African Harrier Hawk and a Long Crested Eagle.  The large pride of lions we saw the previous day showed themselves, and introduced us to their newest members of the pride, four two month old cubs.  Elephants and giraffes were in abundance, as well as a great sighting of a clan of six hyaenas.

Major sightings of the day:

  • Lions, two prides – one pride with four two month old cubs
  • Cheetah
  • Herds of elephants
  • Herds of buffalo
  • Many great bird sightings
  • Hyaena clan
  • Giraffe