SPIRALS

My favorite spiral-horned antelopes: Kudus!

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THE DAILY POST – SPIRAL-HORNED ANTELOPE

Of all the spiral-horned antelopes the Male Kudu are my favorite. These incredible creatures can jump as high as 3.5m (~12′) under stress!

Have a good week 😊

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THE EVENING POST – STAMPEDE

‘I am leaving if that crowd is coming here ☹️’. Cape Buffalo and Greater Kudu at a Thanda Safari waterhole.

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ANTELOPES!

Today: Greater Kudu

On safari we talk a lot about the big five and most of the pictures we post are about them. In the next few days’ morning posts I would like to introduce all of Thanda Safari’s antelope species to you. From large to small and common to rare. So here we go.

Let’s start with largest of them, the *Greater Kudu*. A male can get up to 340kg (750lbs) and a shoulder height of 1.55m (5′). They love higher altitudes and thicker bush and will even stand on their back legs alone to reach up to get the very bitter new leaves of a Mountain Aloe. There main predators are Lions.

Stay safe!

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Energy!

20151121 - CS2_5162 - EAfter the recent rains this young Kudu was running around with great energy in the wet grass. It looked to us as it was celebrating the relief from the drought!

 

Christmas Sightings!

The Thanda guests enjoyed great sightings over the Christmas holidays.

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Two young Elephant bulls giving a sparring demonstration …

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… a White Rhino mum and her son hosting an Oxpecker party …

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… a young Kudu bull in front of a beautiful Thanda vista …

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… and Thanda’s dominant male Lion smacking his lips after a big meal!

Happy Holidays!

Pictures by Christian Sperka – Specialist Photography Guide and Resident Wildlife Photographer – Thanda Private Game Reserve.

Trails and Rifles!

Well, the first part of my Trails Guiding Course is over. The picture below shows me dressed for the part and carrying a large caliber rifle (a pre-requisite for a trails guide).

Picture by Andre van Zyl.

Below are a few picture that I took at my last day at the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. (Waterbuck, Kudu and Dwarf Mongoose).

 

Have a good week!

PS: If you like to know more about the Trails Guiding Course go to http://www.africanaturetraining.co.za. A great experience, even if you do it for fun and not for professional reasons.