Lion sightings have been absolutely spectacular over
the last month. The York Pride, now comprising 11 individuals, spend most of
their time together and provide memorable experiences. The Mohlabetsi Pride
are becoming more and more confiding and we often find them at either one of our
Lodges. The adult female in this group should be giving birth to a new
litter of cubs any day now. Judging by her movements, it should be in the
rocky area to the east of Safari Lodge and there are a few ideal nurseries
Birding has become wonderful now that the insects are out. Tony found 6 species of cuckoo on a morning game drive – Diederik, Klaas’s, Striped, Redchested, African and Great Spotted. Not bad for a morning’s work! The Woodland Kingfisher has arrived with all of their hustle and bustle. Their characteristic calls ring out morning, noon and night and they take on all and sundry in their quest to get nesting as soon as possible. The different weaver birds are also frantically building their basket nests and the Redheaded Weavers delight in attaching their homes to the power lines, which result in power outs due to shorting as soon as the winds blow in the storm.
Redheaded Weaver building
Every season, there is an animal, bird,
plant, insect etc that does exceptionally well, due to the climatic situation.
Right now, it is the time of the Cicada. In South Africa, we call them Christmas
Beetles, because of the incessant, loud buzzing noise they make during the hot
summer months. The fully grown nymphs emerge from the soil to coincide with the
rain. They have been growing to adulthood underground, feeding off the sap from
roots and only live a few weeks as adults, their sole purpose being to find
mates and reproduce.
We wish you and your families a wonderful Festive Season! This is always a very special time in the Bush for us because of all the new baby impalas, wildebeests and other plains animals. As the temperature climbs into the 40’s we learn lessons from the hippo on how to lie immobile in the water for long periods of time! We will do our best to keep our lions away from Santa’s reindeer when he comes to deliver our gifts!
Merry Christmas, Gesiende Kersfees, Matswalo A Morena and Kuvelekiwa Ka HosiJesu