5 August 2017 : Another day in the Life of a Game Ranger. Gods creation in the wild.


After a couple of days without guests, I was back on drive on Saturday afternoon, and seemingly heading out into a reserve with a good number of options – eleven lions on a buffalo kill not too far from the lodge, the 20 wild dogs at their new den site, buffalo herds in the south, a large elephant herd with a new calf in the north, Nyeleti female leopard had also been seen in the morning. And Brad had found himself a rhino in the morning too. Spoilt for choice, I waited to hear what my new guests wanted, and as they had all been to Tanzania and Kenya previously, they were happy with anything, but a request for close-up elephants was put forward, and so I decided to go and check where they had been seen in the morning. We enjoyed steenbuck, waterbuck, impala and some gorgeous male kudus as we moved towards Buffalo Pan. Just south of the pan we located on the herd with the very distinctive cow that has a massive hole in her head! Yes, a literal hole, that no one knows the cause of! She has been around for years, but it was only my second viewing of her, and she is not seemingly in any pain, and doing very well.

She was in the company of a tiny baby elephant, but it was not her calf – instead the calf went and drank from another old female and made for some very happy guests! After this, we decided to head towards the lions just after sunset and arrived to find six of the adults feeding on the big buffalo bull that they had killed in the early hours of the morning (they were just opening it up when Angie and Brian tracked them down). We spent some quality time as they fed on what little remained of the meal – even I was surprised by just how much had been eaten – and others, including the two cubs of the Western Pride, slept off their bellies nearby; not even the hyenas lurking on the periphery was enough to rouse them. We left them and headed back to the lodge for a lovely dinner. Elsewhere, Nthombi female leopard was seen in the far west, but none of the Motswari guides went to see her; instead they viewed the active wild dog den site, a couple of large buffalo herds in the south, and the hyena den in the north.



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