On Saturday evening, we were encountered with a wonderful surprise, when we discovered a pride of lion we had not seen before. We found the big five pride on the prowl right across the river from camp.
The pride make-up looked to be 4 mature lionesses, a young male of around 3-4 years of age and 5 lion cubs of varying ages. They were fairly nervous of the vehicles which indicated that they may have come from an area with very little vehicle activity or even the Kruger National Park.
During the night, the pride must have splintered as they proceeded to roar the night away around our tented safari camp. This fantastic serenade continued into the earlier hours of the morning. The pride then moved off and successfully hunted down a buffalo cow and managed to finish the carcass off in only one day!
This provided us with a fantastic opportunity to see the pride feeding and witness a clan of hyenas’ come in and patiently wait their turn in the hope of picking up some scraps. Hopefully they stick around and provide us with some more action packed moments.
We will keep you up to date.
Dear Tanda Tula
On behalf of Starfish Greathearts Foundation USA, I would like to thank you for generous support of our New York Dinner of Hope through donating a 2 night stay at Tanda Tula Safari Camp. Not only were we able to show our guests the beauty that South Africa has to offer, but more importantly, your trip raised $3,000 for Starfish. These funds will go directly to support mentoring, after-school and home-based care programs in various villages in South Africa and will truly make a difference. The name of the person who got the trip is Ms. Heather Kirby.
Starfish was formed in response to the unfolding tragedy of children orphaned or left vulnerable by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa. There are currently over 1.8 million orphaned children in South Africa, of which 78% are orphaned as a result of AIDS. While these statistics are devastating, there is hope – with your help, these children can grow up, achieve their dreams, and become contributing members of society.
With your help, Starfish is currently supporting over 30,000 children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Your donation will ensure that these children receive uniforms, school supplies, and negotiation for relief from school fees, after-school care and community food gardens.
MD, Starfish Greathearts Foundation USA