After a few months at Third Bridge we got to know a nice sizeable pride of lions. Altogether 13 individuals, with 3 big males leading the pride. The males are always together and are seldom with the females and cubs. It has been difficult to follow these males everywhere they go, because they cross into serious water a lot of the times. But they are very relaxed and as usual sleep most of the time. We basically hear lions every night, but seeing them is always a problem. There is a lot of water at the moment and its not possible to cross everywhere to the islands. Hopefully it dries up soon and we can follow them. Herewith one of the males at sunset.
Good afternoon everyone, things are rolling along, and the sightings are SLOOOOOOWLY getting better. It’s getting hotter so the elephants, especially the breeding herds are more frequent at all the water-points. We share with you today a young leopard that was chasing squirrels. Amazing seeing these agile creatures in action. We haven’t really had winter yet, or maybe this is winter here. The coldest I had was 4 degrees. What a pleasure in compare with the Kalahari (coldest -12°C). So things are heating up, and the hyenas are getting to be a handful in our camp. Made a mess in our kitchen again and ripped off a few pieces of rubber on our game-drive vehicle. Naughty cubs. And there is three of them. Everynight clockwork looking for trouble!
Anyway enjoy and see you soon.
The last month the sightings has increased a little and hoping things will turn around to even better and more regular sightings. I also found a wilddog den with 2 pups. Lots of water still, thank goodness for the snorkel on the vehicle. Also very thick sand and the roads are not particular great for game-driving, but you get used to it eventually. The hyenas are getting a bit more adventurous and got into our kitchen the other night. What a mess they made. Elephants are daily visitors in our camp, and the hippos are out even in the middle of the day grazing around the camp. We also had a few lions through the camp, snoozing just 30 meters from us. I tried to follow 3 big male lions a few evenings ago and try and stay with them till morning, so I can get them in the beautiful morning-light. They took me 5 km from any road, and after I lost them when they crossed a swampy area around midnight, I tried to make my way back to the closest road. Three hours later and driving through some serious bush, my GPS and ‘tracks for africa” app. got me to a road with 1% power left on the phone, with no charger in the car. Phew! Just made it. You can get stuck very easily for days in this area. A tourist was stuck for 3 days in water with his family, and was only rescued on day 4. Also two hired Toyota hilux vehicles was drowned at a water crossing 3 km from our camp. The adventure continues.