The Classic South African Safari 2013: Day 1

An action packed start is never a bad thing!  Three leopards on the first afternoon started us off, 2 of them males fighting over a kill, and the third a female minding her business.  We also managed 4 lions, including a very old female, who was kind enough to stop and drink from a puddle right next to us.  Equally exciting was a herd of elephants, and a lone bull rhino.

Major sightings of the day:

  • 3 leopards, 2 males fighting over a kill
  • 4 lions
  • Herd of elephants
  • A bull white rhino
  • Giraffe
  • Zebra
  • Hippos
  • Many bird species

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The Tiger Safari 2013: Day 7

The final day of this amazing safari started off with great excitement, as we saw the first of four new mammals for the safari, a leopard walking along the wall of the fort.  The other new species of mammal were the Indian gazelle, the rhesus macaque and a golden jackal.  We had no luck with the tigers, but did find a fresh tiger kill; an unlucky spotted deer.

Overall we saw 6 different tigers, a sloth bear, leopard, golden jackal, several species of mammals, and over 100 different bird species!  I am already counting down the days until The Tiger Safari 2014!

Major sightings of the day:

  • Leopard
  • Golden jackal
  • Nilgai or blue bull
  • Samba deer
  • Spotted deer
  • Langur monkeys
  • Indian spotted owlet
  • Many different bird species

The Tiger Safari 2013: Day 1

Day 1 – always exciting!  We started off this amazing safari with a good look at the rest of the players in the tiger reserve.  Loads of spotted deer, barking deer and indian gaur, or indian bison, filled the cameras’ viewfinders, as well as the brilliant and ever-present langur monkeys.  As for the tigers themselves, the best we managed was a fresh set of tracks for a female, heading to a nearby waterhole.  We were confident she was in the area but she didn’t show herself – this only brews excitement, as the hope of seeing a tiger increases!

Major sightings of the day:

  • Spotted deer
  • Barking deer
  • Langur monkeys
  • Indian gaur
  • A variety of birds, including peafowl

Japan: Winter Wildlife Safari 2013: Day 7

The final morning of the safari had a very nice surprise in store for us.  We woke to an awesome snowfall, which added drastically to the atmosphere of the photos!  To make the morning a little more special, a japanese serow made an appearance midway through the snowfall.  This awkward looking antelope foraged on the cliffs above us for a solid hour before heading back into the hills.  The snow monkeys were as obliging as ever, and had all concentrated in the hot spring because of the cold weather.  All in all, it was the perfect way to end an amazing safari!

Major sightings of the day:

  • Snow monkeys
  • Japanese Serow