Good morning everyone, Kali, Luna’s previous cub that survived, is growing up to be a beautiful leopard, she has dad’s (Oscar) lazy eyes and don’t mind the tourists. She settled in nicely on the border of her mother’s territory. Also the eland are increasing daily, We have seen groups up to 60 in the southern triangle. From big bulls to little calves. Hopefully they will stick around till the dry season. Enjoy and see you soon!
Monthly Archives: July 2012
Good morning everyone, the lion prides have slowly moved towards the dunes, because of the cold ( -9 degrees C. last week!) . It’s a little hotter in the dunes than in the river-valley % degrees C.)! Lion and cheetah sightings in the south is less than usual. But the wildcats are everywhere, I drive daily past about 10 or more. There is also regular sightings of caracal north of Leeudril. The eland populations are increasing, but still very skittish! Here is a photo taken at Melkvlei picnic site, this big pride of about 11 was taking over the picnic site and was jumping on the tables and chasing each other around the toilets. Lots of laughter to see these young lions performing. While the little ones were playing, mom and dad were working on the next generation! Enjoy and see you soon!
Luna, queen of the Kalahari Desert!
Good morning everyone, its getting cold here in the Kalahari, -9 degrees Celsius yesterday morning and today -8 degrees Celsius!!!!!! Brrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!! Anyway, the Landrover pipes froze this morning and the Landy overheated shortly after our game-drive began!!! After sitting in the sun for a while, off we were in pursuit of game! Luna, the female leopard we have been following the last 18 months is looking better than ever. Noa spotted her from about 400 meters in long grass! Impressive!!!! She is up the river towards Leeudril on a ridge and was lying in the sun, heating up from the cold.
Good morning everyone! The eland are back in the South African side of the Park in big groups. In the last year and a half we had no eland sightings, so this was quiete special! We saw them on the southern dune road around the Tierkop area. An interesting fact about Eland herds are that they are accompanied by a loud clicking sound that has been subject to considerable speculation. It is believed that the weight of the animal causes the two halves of its hooves to splay apart, and the clicking is the result of the hoof snapping together when the animal raises its leg. The sound carries some distance from a herd, and may be a form of communication. Enjoy and see you soon!