The main job of Thanda’s expert trackers is to find and interpret the signs which animals leave when they move through the bush. Foot imprints, droppings/dung , broken branches, depressed grass and cut leaves lying around the ground are only a few of these marks. Thanda guests are always fascinated to see how our Zulu trackers are able to pick up these signs.
This collage shows one of Thanda’s beautiful Leopard males and very visible Leopard footprints. Unfortunately most of the time the tracks are not that clear and obvious 🙂
Baboons have a lot of arguments. Especially the young ones are constantly busy with playful fighting.
I enjoy watching them as long as they stay out of my room 🙂
Isabella took a picture of me while I was setting up for some evening/night time images of the the Pakamisa Lodge. Unfortunately the moon was very bright that night and the wind picked up a lot once daylight was gone, so the twilight images come out well, but the night time shots did not work so well.
These are some of the images I took that evening.
I like this image because it show not only the lodge but its lofty location on top of the Pakamisa hills.Just the right amount of light from the buildings to show the lodge well at twilight.Colors on the hill – a night time shot!
What a surprise when I arrived at Pakamisa Private Game Reserve this afternoon!
These little Ostrich chicks were on a walk-about with their parents when I got to take these pictures.
The Ostrich mom and dad were very alert to ensure that nothing would harm there young ones. I used a long lens and kept my distance 🙂
Sometimes people ask me why I live in the middle of the bush and why did I give up a well paid executive’s life in the city. Well, here is a large part of the answer.
When I took a break from my computer work today (yes, that is still part of my job, even in the bush), I stepped outside the building. Here is what I watched while I had lunch:
Five beautiful Kudu bulls strolled past Thanda House, just along the tree line. A group of Nyala was browsing along the fence while two Hadeda Ibises were looking for food under the fever trees in the garden. A group of Vervet Monkeys were playing on the house roof and in the trees. Impalas, Wildebeest, Zebra and Giraffes moved past my front gate towards the nearby waterhole. Three semi-resident Warthogs had their lunch and a beautiful butterfly was looking for nectar.
And all of this on a clear and sunny day! Any other reason required? 🙂
And now I am off to Pakamisa for a few days break – from Paradise to Paradise!
Thanda House – My home in the bush!
Off to the water past my gate.
Browsing and grasing for lunch.
A Kudu midday stroll …
At the waterhole.
Looking for lunch 🙂
Well, they are of different age and the pictures were taken in different light (therefore the colour difference). But here is the major difference:
The little Lion on the left lives with his family (The North Pride) at Thanda Private Game Reserve in South Africa. The small one on the right lives with his family at the Zoo in Basel, Switzerland. The one lives in the wild with all its dangerous and its beauty, the other one lives in captivity, at full board and with a health care plan 🙂
Congratulations to Peter Mettler, who got the correct answer!
… and now the bonus question, what is so special about this one?
What is the difference between these two Lion cubs?
A hint: it is not their looks alone!
I will blog the answer tomorrow afternoon 🙂
Have a good week.