17 August 2018
A week of unique sightings captured by Luke Street


Luke Street

The last couple of weeks at Tanda Tula Safari Camp have offered some incredible game viewings. We have had some wonderful lion sightings, which I highlighted in my World Lion Day blog post from last week. This week was no different, with the Timbavati bringing us some spectacular sightings for our guests.

Winter is finally beginning to give way to spring in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Temperatures have reached well over thirty degrees Celsius in the past few days. The rise in heat however has not halted the gorgeous morning winter sunrises and the light that comes with them. The glowing sun slightly subdued by the dust in the atmosphere has allowed me to capture some unique scenes. The image of the sun through the spider’s web was particularly fun to capture!

We have been fortunate enough to have not one, but two leopards on kills close to camp. The first, and my favourite leopard, Marula gave us three days of amazing sightings as she lazed around her impala kill. This was made even more exciting as she also managed to successfully hunt a scrub hare. We have also had a local young male around camp. We don’t often get to see this male as he is rather cautious of the vehicles. However, when he is on a kill he is far more relaxed and happy to let us get close. Unfortunately, the actual kill was very well hidden. We were thus only able to view him when he was lazing about in a nearby tree.

It has been really inspiring to see vast herds of buffalo slowly moving back through the area. Especially when one considers the previous few years drought and the havoc it reaped upon their population. Some of these herds are now numbering well over 300 once again!

The wild dogs are still in a den on a nearby property and continue to be slightly allusive. They have allowed us one or two fleeting glimpses. Even at the end of the day, a quick wild dog sighting is still super exciting.

Lastly, the Zebenine lionesses are doing well, however, sadly it appears that they have lost the older two cubs. This is probably due to an altercation with a pride of lions moving through the area. Lions by nature practice infanticide which is most likely the cause of death of the first litter. Luckily, there are two new fluff balls to see around the den sight. Keep an eye out for my video of them, coming soon! The lionesses have managed to make a few kills. My image of the vulture with the sunset was taken during one of these sightings.

I hope you enjoy these images! Until next time, Happy snapping!



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