Greetings, and welcome back to another instalment of a week in pictures, and I can tell you one thing – this was definitely one of the most difficult weeks I have had of late in terms of deciding on just which pictures to choose to share with you all, as the game viewing at Tanda Tula Safari Camp has once more been excellent. Once again, we experienced some extremely variable weather, but good news was that we had successive days of rain towards the end of the week. Although it only delivered 17mm, it is still a start, and with some luck, the dry bushveld will start responding to this delivery of some much-needed rains from above.

Very pleasingly, this week was another week dominated by our resident leopards. Although there were no sightings of her cubs, Marula female continued to be active in the vicinity of her suspected den site, which suggests that all remains well with her cubs. Nthombi was probably the star of the week and was seen on several days in the vicinity of the Nhlaralumi riverbed where she has been keeping her now 4-month old daughter. This little girl is extremely relaxed around the vehicles and starting to provide some fantastic viewing opportunities for us. Nthombi made the most of the windy and rainy conditions that accompanied us late in the week and was found with a couple of kills on the banks of the riverbed. In the west, Cleo female also paid us a visit one rainy afternoon, and it is encouraging to see her making use of our concession more regularly now. The Tamboti male leopard was found walking around the central regions one afternoon, but in the east, the leopards were a little less obliging, and no sightings of Thumbela or her cubs were had.

This latter point may have had to do with the welcome presence of the four Mayambula lionesses that pushed all the way north to Tanda Tula Safari Camp, and spent the night roaring outside the camp! After a good feed, they spent the day resting at Machaton Dam, and like so many of the other predators, the next day they used the windy conditions to their favour and – despite their bulging bellies – managed to catch an adult kudu. The two older lionesses are looking very pregnant, and cannot be more than a few weeks away from giving birth. The Mbiri males didn’t pay too much attention to the Mayambula Pride this week, and spent much of their time in the company of the Zebenine Pride. They too, had a good week and were found feasting on a zebra in the west after a night of rain. The larger Mbiri male spent the latter part of the week shadowing the lioness without cubs, and this may indicate that she will soon be coming into estrus soon. With their constant roaring in the area, the Mbiri males managed to keep the River Pride at bay this week, and the only other pride to show face was the Ross Pride in the far west.

As much as the cats spoilt us this week, the other large game was taking it easy! With rain having fallen, it seems as though the elephants have dispersed across the reserve, and although we were still seeing them daily, they were not as abundant as they have been. The buffalos remained elusive, and barring a few bachelor groups, were largely absent from out concession this week, and even the rhinos required a little more effort to find. Other general game was very evident with many kudu, giraffe, impala and zebras being seen, and wildebeest also became a regular sight on our drives.

All in all though, the guests and guides alike got to enjoy a very good week of game viewing, and we can only hope that this form carries on into the coming week.

Until next time!




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