Colin's Wise Wednesday - 18th September 2019

It was a wee bit late for getting out of bed, especially being in the bush, so this morning for our quiet time we decided to sit outside on the patio with our coffee, rusks (of course) and devotions and spend time in God’s presence.  Before reading I sat staring at the huge sycamore fig tree which stands in the river bed in front of the bungalow. The previous four days of our holiday while being on the patio busying ourselves with various things I hadn’t noticed any activity in the fig tree which is normally a haven for the green pigeon, one of my favorite birds, who just love the fruit that the tree produces most year round, but sadly not this time.
 

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A BIG SURPRISE IN PICTURES – 13th September 2019
 

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A WEEK OF WANING HOPE IN PICTURES – 6th September 2019
 

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A WEEK OF FEASTING CATS IN PICTURES – 30th August 2019
 

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A WEEK OF GROWING CONCERNS – 23RD August 2019
The winds of August continued to blow through the Greater Kruger Park this week, but what it did bring was a week of comparatively mild weather, and even a need to grab the ponchos one morning as the cloud cover started to gently drop some of its precious, watery cargo in isolated patches across the reserve. Sadly, it did nothing more than settle the dust in the Timbavati, but it was wonderful to be able to take a deep breath and smell the characteristic petrichor that precedes the first rains of the season. The less said about flowering Knobthorn trees this blog, the better! It appears that the areas south and west of the Timbavati are all enjoying the smells and sights of these acacias bursting into flower, while we sit and await the first evidence that spring hasn’t forgotten us. It appears that this differential rate of flowering has temporarily drawn the giraffes out of the area and for the first time in a while they are a little bit on the scarce side this week. That being said, if they have indeed moved south to enjoy the bounty of nutrients that the flowering season brings, my hope is that they will be browsing all the available flowers like mad now, and when our Knobthorns to eventually spring to life (pun intended), the giraffes will come flocking back to our concession to replicate the abundance of their towering presence that I have been speaking of to the guests since I experienced it last year. Until such time, I have to be content with the fact that at least some of the tree Wisteria’s decided to bloom early for a change this year!
 

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A WEEK OF BETTER FORTUNES IN PICTURES – 16th August 2019
 

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A WEEK OF OPPRESSIVE HEAT IN PICTURES – 9th August 2019
 

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A WEEK OF WARM WEATHER IN PICTURES– 2nd August 2019
 

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A WEEK OF SUCCESSFUL PREDATORS IN PICTURES – 26thJuly 2019
 

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A WEEK OF BACKLIGHTING – 19th July 2019
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 17th July 2019

“Hi Jesus, Colin here”…….. how do you start your prayers? Do you introduce yourself to God? Or do you come to God with formal words of praise, thanks and petition wondering if you are getting it right? Or do you approach God with familiarity, expecting to be heard? This was a topic of a recent devotion that I read. The husband’s prayer was: “God, please, please, please, please, PLEASE help us!” After praying the husband was cheerful expecting to be heard and wondering what was for breakfast while the wife praying about the same concern with her formal prayer of praise thanks and petition moped around still worried if she had got it right.
 

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A WEEK OF DRAMA– 12th July 2019
Welcome back to another instalment of a “Week in Pictures” at Tanda Tula Safari Camp. While we have had some heart ache over the last week due to the unfortunate loss of one of the Zebenine lionesses during an altercation with the Mayambula Pride (last weeks blog post), the Timbavati continues to provide incredible game viewing! The fantastic rains that summer brought have set the Greater Kruger on track for a good winter with the grass, still thick and full on nutrients. The trees are still holding massive amounts of foliage and those that aren’t have an ample bed of nutrients right beneath them which means the wildlife sightings have been superb!  
 

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A WEEK OF UNCERTAINTY IN PICTURES – 5th July 2019
 

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A WEEK OF A WINTER WONDERLAND IN PICTURES
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

Whilst we thought their presence in the area during the previous reporting period was good, this week was exceptional. The pride set up base in the central region of our concession and enjoyed no fewer than four kills during the course of the week. It all started last week when all sixteen members (including the two Mbiri males) were found feasting on a large kudu bull only 2kms from Tanda Tula Safari Camp. That afternoon Civilized headed out a little earlier in the afternoon to go and spend time with the pride. As it was early in the afternoon and they all had full bellies, he wasn’t expecting much action - he was wrong. After some time with the lions the four lionesses suddenly got up and stared to the west before slinking off. It wasn’t more than a couple of minutes later that pandemonium erupted as the lionesses brought down an adult zebra about 100m from their kudu kill! Civ and his guests sat and watched in amazement at the power of these lioness as they subdued the 300kg mare.  
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

A WEEK OF TREE-CLIMBING CATS IN PICTURES 14th June 2019
 

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A WEEK OF MORE STUNNING SIGHTINGS IN PICTURES - 7th June 2019
 

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A WEEK OF THE SUPER SEVEN IN PICTURES - 31 May 2019
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Luke Street

Lions, lions in the glorious morning light. That is the way my guests and I started this week - could one ask for much more? We set out early one morning intent on finding the Mayambula pride who has taken a fairly permanent residence towards the east of Tanda Tula Safari Camp. We knew where they had been the day before, it was just a matter of finding their tracks and tracking them down.  
 

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A WEEK OF SAFARI WITH SCOTCH AND LUKE – 17 May 2019