Autumn Game Viewing


By Dale Jackson

The last few weeks have delivered some wonderful sightings and experiences for our guests. From lions and leopards to our resident hippo rolling around in camp dam.

The hyena den situated to the south of camp has again produced some wonderful interaction between clan members, with the dominant females dishing out some serous discipline amongst the youngsters.

As the surrounding bush dries out buffalo herds are again making their way into camp dam to quench their thirst. This makes getting back to your tent in the evening very interesting!

The young Machaton pride males have been a real highlight the last few weeks. The pride have been following the large buffalo herds and have on occasion been successful in tackling one.

We have also been fortunate to see a lot of male leopards recently. Rockfig Jnr’s young male has been enjoying the thick bush of the Machaton river system and looks to be doing well on his own. Another large male seen recently was the enormous Argyle male who looks to have been displaced from his regular territory in the north by a younger stronger male. He seems to have taken up residence to the west of us as the area has been vacant of a large male for some time.

As you will see in the images below, general game has been prolific and large numbers of giraffe, zebra, kudu and nyala are seen on a daily basis on drive. Enjoy.

We are very fortunate at Tanda Tula Safari Camp to be located deep in the African bush, with no fences around our bush camp. This means that game, including the big five, are free to roam through and past our camp offering our guests an incredible African safari experience. Read more about the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve here: