Millions of words have been written about the dire situation with regard to rhino poaching, especially in South Africa. While not as bad a neighbouring Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is also affected. Anti-poaching squads patrol the Reserve and a helicopter seems to be permanently overhead. On the ground, Rangers may not point out to colleagues where the rhino are, so sightings are now extremely rare.
We were lucky – we saw one, calmly grazing. Themba and Solly are, quite rightly, passionately angry about the poaching situation but what really mystified was what the authorities seem to be excluding the Rangers from all communication. To us, it seemed as if the operation was not totally co-ordinated. And it’s the rhinos who suffer.
Stop this madness!
More pictures of ‘our’ cheetah.
We have been going to Ulu-Lapa and The Sabi Sand Game Reserve for many years. 19 in all to Ulu-Lapa and an earlier visit to Ulusaba and Motswari ni the Timbavati. The times that we have seen a cheetah are few and far between.
An incredible machine, the cheetah can go from 0=96 kph in 1.5 seconds but they can only run at that high speed for about 200-300 metres as their bodies overheat. They are very sensitive animals and many die from stress.
We caught up with the pack of wild dogs who had left their off-spring in the hide and started to move and find food to bring back to the babies. Always communicating, they move through the bush like a well-oiled machine.
Thema spotted a dead civet cat up a tree. It could only be a leopard kill. So where was the leopard? Should be close bu. But, what we did not bargain on was the leopard was being closely watched by a hyena. When the leopard went up the tree for a snack, and dropped the cat, whap! the hyena would have supper.
It’s a waiting game.
A scene that Investec Bank would pay millions for to use as an ad! We spotted some Zebra playing ‘I’m the King of the Castle’.
We see them at sunrise and we see them at sunset – the elephants. always fun to watch – even though one of our crew doesn’t feel entirely comfortable with them, so Themba keeps a ‘safe’distance. However, how you can be ‘safe’ when an elephant loses his temper, I’m not sure!
So elegant and mysterious. The Giraffe.