Reporting Date 31August 2012
Although black rhinos are very rare in the wild, our guests have of late been very lucky seeing them as they walk from one browsing habitat to the next. They live mostly in the Bushland habitats and so it’s often hard to see them in the open grasslands as was the case with ranger Jaffery with his guests on an early morning game drive. The female black rhino was all by herself and was a little bit timid outside her Bushland habitat.
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Reporting Date: 29th August 2012
The baby leopard
On an afternoon game drive, we came across an unusual sighting of a baby leopard superbly resting between a forked tree trunk. Our guests had seen nearly all the animals the previous day with the exception of a leopard and were eagerly looking all over as we drove around the rocky outcrops when we suddenly came upon this beauty in a very relaxed mood. The mother whom we have in the past seen around the same spot was on this day conspicuously absent, but due to the relaxed nature of the baby we knew she could be around watching us.
Reporting Date: 22nd August 2012
In an early morning game drive , ranger Godson and his guests came across a rare sighting of a female black rhino in the open grasslands. She was not feeding but was slowly walking across from one side of her bushlands habitat to another. She is normally accompanied by her older calf but on this occasion she was alone. Because of poor eyesight, she kept on stopping to listen to any slight noise in the surroundings.
Reporting Date: 17th August 2012
The mara river crossing.
The wildebeests on the Serengeti side of the Mara river seemed to have changed times of the river crossings in recent days. Instead of the usual mid-morning to late afternoon times, they have decided to be venturing into the waters in the early hours of the day. This is what happened when ranger Kokan and his guests were on game drive. They at first saw a large group of these animals that were grazing about a kilometer away from the river suddenly begin to run towards the river as if being chased by predators, the ranger and guests looked around for the cause but found none. When the wildebeests reached the river, their usual hesitation along the banks did not happen but they quickly started crossing onto the other side while making loud noises.
Reporting Date: 13th August 2012
The followers of migration.
During the migration of the wildebeests, we do have predators that take the opportunity to follow these animals so as to have a constant supply of food. In the Serengeti, most of these predators are lions that would be seen sleeping or resting on the rocky outcrops. We are beginning to see some lions which are new to the northern Serengeti area. Some of these are yet to establish their territories and are therefore normadic. It becomes difficult for them should they stray into other lions' territories. After feeding on the wildebeests on the plains, they climb on to the higher grounds on the Kopies to either sleep or stare at the plains below.
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