Quite a few people have asked me how I spend my Christmas and New Year at Thanda. The answer is simple: Working…
This is one of the busiest times of the year at a game reserve as many guests want to spend a special “Wildlife” Christmas or New Year.
But – as I enjoy being in the bush and guiding people in this beautiful Big Five reserve – working over the holidays is not a sacrifice.
Yesterday I went with two guest families to the Elephant interaction at Bayete Game Reserve. This is one of the regular excursion we do with our guests. Everyone enjoyed interacting with Rambo, Rachel and Jabulani. These three “semi-wild” Elephants which roam freely on the game reserve show up every day for their “human interaction”.
I hope all of you enjoy the festive season, wherever you are!
It is hard to believe but I had four great Leopard sightings in one week. That is more than in the six month since I started working at Thanda.
Today’s sighting was especially good. The young Leopard in the picture above stayed around a waterhole for half an hour and then joined a second Leopard in the bush nearby.
Below are pictures of all five Leopards which featured in this week’s sightings 🙂
Enjoy your holiday weekend!
With my best wishes for the holiday season from South Africa – Christian
PS: The picture is of one of the North Pride Lion cubs at Thanda Private Game Reserve …
.. and the reason why I have not blogged since 16 December is that my internet connection was down for a few days.
Well, I had planned not to publish a “Big Five” picture for ten posts. But tonight’s Leopard sighting changed my mind.
On the way back to the lodge we had a very special night encounter. This Leopard female was a few meters (yards) of the road in the thick bush. When I moved the game viewer a bit closer she had a good look at us before she disappeared into the bush. Bheki’s excellent spotlight work made this picture possible.
I really like her alert expression in the picture!
White stripes on black background or black stripes on white background?
It was previously believed that Zebras were white animals with black stripes, since some Zebras have white underbellies. Embryological evidence, however, shows that the animal’s background color is black and the white stripes and bellies are additions.
The pattern on every Zebra is unique, very much like fingerprints. And sometimes the white stripes are wider or narrower. The faint stripe in between the black and white is called a “shadow stripe” and is typical for the Burchell’s Zebra (a sub-species of the Plains Zebra).
These images are part of my “Without the Five” series:
Each image features a species, which is usually not in the safari limelight. So they will be no images of Lions, Leopard, Elephants, Rhinos, Buffalo, Cheetahs …
Enjoy the “without the Five” series
Today’s image is a portrait of an Impala ram. Impalas are the most common antelopes on Thanda. They have a special dental arrangement on the front lower jaw similar to a tooth-comb which is used during grooming to comb the fur and remove parasites – hence their impeccable appearance 🙂
This image is part of my “Without the Five” series:
Each image will features a species, which is usually not in the safari limelight. So they will be no images of Lions, Leopard, Elephants, Rhinos, Buffalo, Cheetahs …
Enjoy the “without the Five” series
For the next ten posts I have planned a special series of pictures. Each image will feature a species, which is usually not in the safari limelight. So they will be no images of Lions, Leopard, Elephants, Rhinos, Buffalo, Cheetahs …
Today’s image is of two Nyala bulls. One of them wearing “Head Salad” 🙂
Enjoy the “Witout the Five” series