THE EVENING POST – GREAT NEWS

After over 100 days of ‘quarantine’ in a boma our Cheetah coalition was re-released onto the reserve. One of the two males had broken his leg and after the required surgery the duo had to remain in the boma for recovery.

Both cats showed a lot of energy after their release and started inspecting their territory. Scents from other Cheetahs in the area kept them very busy until after sunset. The top picture shows them in front of the same tree which was featured with another male Cheetah in this morning’s post.

Tomorrow morning I will post a short video of the two boys in their new found freedom 😊

Have a good week!

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THE MORNING POST – A TENSE MEETING

A picture from my archives: What an exciting sighting when a Black Rhino met a Lioness.

Rhinos do not like Lions. Lions are wary of Rhinos. So usually they stay away from one another but sometimes the Lions’ hunting instinct gets the better of them and they try to edge close to the Rhinos, or the two species just meet by accident. As soon as the Rhinos realize the proximity of cats they get very upset and start chasing their foe. That is usually the end of the encounter because at this stage the Lions move away. Due to the bad eyesight of all adult Rhinos the Lions sometimes get quite close.

In this particular case the Black Rhino bull appeared over the dam wall when it almost bumped into the Lioness. The large herbivore immediately went for the cat which made a hurried retreat.

The reason why Lions are interested in Rhinos is because on occasion they get to kill a young Rhino calf. And therefore Rhinos instinctively dislikes all cats and want to get rid of them!

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THE EVENING POST – HOODED VULTURE

A few people have asked me about the bird in the sunset shot I posted this morning. It was this Hooded Vulture. It was drinking at the waterhole before taking off into the sunset.

Have a good evening!

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THE EVENING POST – LONG NOSES

This morning I asked of which animal I took the detail pictures in the collage. The correct answer is an Elephant. And the details are: Ivory Tusk, Toe Nail, Foot Sole and Tail Hair.

Have a good evening 😊

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THE EVENING POST – A BIT OF A SWAGGER

At the end of today’s game drive I took this short video of an Elephant bull following a breeding herd. Like a teenager he walked confidently down the road with a bit of a swagger before turning into the tree-line.

Have a good Sunday!

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LOCK DOWN PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI XXI

https://youtu.be/gFTflcHqTZo

Today I did a single animal safari. I ran into a White Rhino bull who was on a territorial walk and I stayed with him for 2 hours observing his behavior.

This is a 3 minute YouTube video summary with video footage and a few pictures of my afternoon with ‘just’ one Rhino 😊

Have a good evening, stay home and stay safe!

PS: Check out my lock-down site for kiddies – with a new animal pictures every day – http://www.wildlife4kids.com and Thanda Safari’s special pop-up site at http://www.thandatales.co.za

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LOCK DOWN PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI XX

Today I had to go on a food shopping town trip and had no time for a game drive.

But I thought you might enjoy this short isiZulu lesson from my tracker Bheki which I recorded a while ago. Bheki and I have been working together for the last 7.5 years and he has been demonstrating the special clicking sounds of the Zulu language (c, x and q) many times to our Thanda Safari guests.

Today he is demonstrating them for you! Since the beginning of the South African National Lock Down Bheki is at home with his family. I miss the game drives with my favorite wing-man!

Have a good evening, stay home and stay safe!

PS: Check out my lock-down site for kiddies – with a new animal pictures every day – http://www.wildlife4kids.com

PPS: Please consider donating to the WHO Covid19 response fund https://covid19responsefund.org

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Imagine! Four nights at Thanda Safari – Day 2

Getting up at 5:30 is a bit hard if one is not used to it. But if the weather is good, the luck on one’s side, going on an early game drive is very rewarding.

Day 2 of our safari experience could be called the Elephant Day! We had two excellent sightings with two different herds. But many other species were seen as well!

Feel free to ask any questions (as comments) or contact me at christian@sperka.com.

Leaving the comfortable Tent at 5:30 is hard …

… but being rewarded with a White Rhino sighting after tracking them for a short while made it worth while.

A crash of Rhino in the morning light …

Encountering a female Cheetah hunting on the way to an Elephant sighting …

Smart phone distance!

A quick Kudu portrait photo shoot …

The first Elephant sighting of the day …

Giraffe and Oxpecker – a symbiotic relationship …

… same as for the Buffalo and Oxpecker.

There are no better Elephant sightings as when they are seen at a water hole.

A Scrub Hare sighting during the day is rather rare …

… and we ended the day as we followed two Lionesses on our way back to the Thanda Tented Camp

Picture of the day: Watching two small Elephants playing.

Major sightings:

⁃ Elephants

⁃ White Rhinos

⁃ Lionesses

⁃ Kudu

⁃ Cheetah female

⁃ Burchell’s Zebra

⁃ Red-billed Oxpecker

⁃ Scrub Hare

⁃ … and many more general game species and birds

This one of a series of posts to document all drives and excursions during a four day stay at Thanda Safari. I hosted two guests from Germany on a Private Photo Safari with me as the guide, Bheki as the tracker and the Green Mamba 1 as the Luxury Safari Vehicle.

See also the day 1 blog:

https://sperka.info/2019/09/11/imagine-four-nights-custom-luxury-safari-at-thanda-safari-day-1/

Imagine! Four nights Custom Luxury Safari at Thanda Safari – Day 1

This is the start of a series of posts to document all drives and excursions during a four day stay at Thanda Safari. I hosted two guests from Germany on a Private Photo Safari with me as the guide, Bheki as the tracker and the Green Mamba 1 as the Luxury Safari Vehicle. The next five posts are a visual record of the great sightings and interesting experiences the guests had during their stay.

Feel free to ask any questions (as comments) or contact me at christian@sperka.com.

Enjoy the images!

Day 1 – Arrival and Frist Game Drive

The Green Mamba 1 – ready for work …

A young Kudu bull – the first sighting …

Lions on a Wildebeest kill – very exciting for a first safari …

Patience – A White-backed Vulture is waiting for the left overs …

As the sun sets an Elephant bull appears – magical …

Impressive – One of the two largest bulls on Thanda Safari …

Red Wine and G&T – The perfect drink stop just after sunset …

The Zulu Mamas were entertaining the guests at the Tented Camp – what a surprise …

Picture of the day – A Lioness just after she had her supper …

Major sightings:

⁃ Kudu

⁃ Lion (on a kill)

⁃ Elephant

⁃ Vultures

⁃ … and many more general game species and birds