08 October 2017

My morning mission was to head south and we did so in some lovely sunlight, seeing the smaller things in the bush, as well as duiker, impala, kudu, impala, waterbuck and giraffes – we also managed to tick off a male rhino before stopping for coffee and heading slowly back to the north, after not having as successful a morning as hoped. Tshwukunyana male leopard lost his kill to hyenas when it fell out the tree, but disappointingly he headed north, deeper into Ingwelala one he descended the tree, and the Western Pride were tracked down and found resting in the north.

The lions became the focus for the afternoon, but we began our afternoon around Argyle Dam where there was a plethora of life – hippos, crocodiles, giraffes, impalas, waterbuck, a grouping of almost two dozen kudus and some lovely birdlife (including some southern ground hornbills). We moved west to go and see some elephant bulls when all of sudden the sky started turning dark and in an instant, one of the strongest winds I have ever done a game drive in cam blowing in from the west! Some of the guides and guests got caught in the localised downpours, but we only got a few drops of rain – the southern sections got 30mm in 20 minutes! We were lucky to have missed the rain, and stayed out as the wind slowly eased and with most other guides having headed back to the camps, we got to spend the rest of the evening with the lions. They had awoken with the wind and moved down to the Sohebele riverbed where they settled before moving off to hunt; at one point it sounded like they had caught a waterbuck, but unfortunately for them, it got away. We left them moving from our airstrip towards the camp and closed down after a lovely afternoon of such varied weather! When the sun broke out after the storm, the lighting was just insane! Another member of the Western Pride and one of the pride males were found together near Buffalo Pan, a couple of kilometres west of the pride.