Today I saw the new Lion cubs of the Thanda North Pride for the first time.
The first-time-mom allowed us a few minutes of looking at the four cubs before she led them into thick bush.
Last night I had my first Black Rhino sighting on Thanda. Bheki, my tracker, spotted this beautiful animal thirty meters from the road. For a few seconds one could almost see a pendulum swinging in its brain “fight or flight … fight or flight …”. It selected flight and moved away fast into the bush. A very brief, but very special sighting.
On the same game drive we saw a male Lion, a female Cheetah and a Black-bellied Bustard. It was the last game drive for the guests on my vehicle – What a send-off 🙂
I have promised to post some pictures of Thanda after the recent rains.
These three pictures of Giraffes on the savanna, a White Rhino on a grassy hill top and an Elephant bull in between Fever trees show Thanda animals in their “new juicy” environment.
Have a good weekend!
PS: If you are wondering why most of the Giraffe stare in the same direction. They were watching two Cheetah males lying under a tree :-).
Our African Wild Dogs decided recently to slip through the fence of the reserve and take a “vacation” on a neighboring farm. The owner is not very happy about his visitors – not surprising as the six adult and nine puppy dogs eat a lot of meat!
We are currently capturing the dogs and bringing them back to Thanda. They will be kept in a boma until the fence has been fixed.
The first picture shows the dogs in the twilight on the neighbor’s land.
The second picture is of one of the cubs. It squeezed through the boma fence and took a little day trip across the savanna – but never going far from the boma with the adults in it.