Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sightings from 17 to 21st Dec

Hi everyone!
Here is the second installment for the weeks sightings!

AM drive of the 17th started a bit slow, but changed after we found a fairly big breeding herd of buffalo on Impala plains. We left them briefly to check out where the sound of a hyena was calling from, but sadly I could not locate it. We did find however a giraffe bull busy browsing and while we sat with him I noticed a family of dwarf mongoose on the opposite side of the road, sunning themselves before finding breakfast. I have been very careful to not off road as there has been a lot of rain, but didn't see any harm in placing the front of Ganda off the road to view the mongoose better. The ground looked firm and it was just the front part of the vehicle off the road. Little did I know how wrong I was! As I tried to pull back, the front wheels sank into the black cotton soil that had been hidden from view. Not even any plant species indicated it's presence! Only after jacking up the vehicle, placing some branches under the wheels to give traction, and Herman helping to push, did the Ganda become free! Just goes to show there are hidden surprises everywhere this time of year! The morning was rounded off by seeing a flap necked chameleon crossing the road!

Induna made another brief appearance on Bufflesh
oek cutline during PM drive on the 18 Dec, south of where the Nkahuma females had made a buffalo kill on Buffleshoek property. I was told by one of the guides Snaggletooth was not with them. They have not seen her or any cubs for the last few months. Once he had made his way back across the boundary it was time to check out the activity from the hyena den on Zoe's road. Our lady with the two notches in her right ear has taken up residence there and the cubs are on form!

The rain returned briefly on the 19th, but we managed to find a gap to go out and spend time with a herd of elephants playing in the mud on galago short cut. It was great fun watching them and having a bull come right up to us he was an absolute gentleman!

Monday 20th AM drive was not meant to be I have decided! We managed to find a hyena making it's way north on Mvubu road, but as we followed we got a flat tyre. By the time we had finished changing the flat, the hyena had disappeared over the boundary so we continued with the drive hoping to find the clan. They were found on Vultures nest road so we responded only to have a brief glimpse of an adult heading into the bush! With no luck relocating we started to head towards Chela pan only to find we had another flat! What a Monday Morning!

Tuesday 21st PM drive was a lot more successful! We had a wonderful sighting of the same 2 hyena cubs on Zoe's road. They were full of beans and so curious! They were checking out Ganda and once they had tired of that it was time to play with a bone and chase a Burchell's Coucal! Mean while mum was resting, with a double rainbow as her backdrop!

Written by Tara


  1. Great blog Tara! Love the hyena pics especially... and I think you need to make a movie of all your ganda experiences!

    Merry Christmas and the best of everything in 2011!

    Hugs... Shemomo

  2. super Tara the blog, a Merry Christmas to you and family have a good one.
    regards Doris xx