Yet again the week comes to an end and we have to leave the bush! But once again I was blessed to meet new people, add some friends to my list and view the African bush while on safari.
The highlight of my week was definitely a two day safari earlier this week to Pilanesberg National Park with some guests from Canada! Our game drives delivered some brilliant sightings and fantastic photographs of most of the big5. Unfortunately the leopards of Pilanesberg eluded us but my guests were very lucky in spotting some Buffalo which I don’t often see in this park.
We were treated with this sighting of a Klipspringer not long after arriving at the park.
The shiny, black patch in front of its eye is the pre-orbital gland used to deposit secretions onto twigs.
The rest of the morning we saw many Blue Wildebeest, Impala, Zebra and Elephant, and at around lunch time my guests were welcomed to Africa by the call of this pair of African Fish Eagle who will return to the same nest to breed every year - unless of course an elephant uproots the tree.
On a sunset / night drive we saw the Buffalo and a large White Rhino bull just before dark.
Tuesday morning we left camp early to enable us to get a few nice African Sunrise pictures but our plans were changed the moment we spotted lions not more than five kilometres from the gate. Without realising it, we spent almost an hour with these two females.
Lion cubs get introduced to the pride once they are around 2 months old and there is a possibility that they can be suckled by any lactating female on occasions. This is called allo-suckling.
The males were not seen which suggest they were busy patrolling the territory.