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A morning game drive awaits...
This is where the "magic" begins and ends.
All the game drives start from this meeting point
in front of the main lodge building.
Sitting quietly at the hide near the swimming pool in camp,
I watched as these elephants came down to drink
One of the "Small 5"...
a Leopard Tortoise.
People have always associated the tortoise as being slow...
try to take a picture when it is on a mission.
Sabi Sand is WELL know for its population of leopard.
And we were not going to be disappointed on this trip.
They literally fall out of the trees.
A young Impala becomes dinner for this female Leopard
We were privileged to sit and watch as this small
antelope vanished before our eyes.
A Dwarf Mongoose peers at us from a disused termite mound.
The smallest of all the mongoose species,
they are also the most inquisitive
This Steenbok provided a meal for the Wild Dog pack,
and then the head, skin and front legs became a "toy"
for the pups.
A White-fronted Bee Eater
watches as we drive past.
A White-headed Vulture,
signalling the site of another carcass.
It seemed that this Lioness was fearful
of getting her paws wet...
Her male companion was not fazed at all
and chose to stroll through the water
rather than tire himself by jumping
Time for Ranger Brogan to give us a geology lesson?
We had gotten bogged down in some soft sand
and these were used to get us out.
We had seen several Buffalo carcasses
while on drives from Lukimbi Safari Lodge
(the sister lodge to idube)
this was one of the first live ones that we found.
This was singularly the largest male Leopard I have ever seen.
The battle scars on his face and nose tell the story
of him fighting to keep his territory.
And this is his son...
Not the "prettiest" of boys,
but perhaps he will grow into his face.
This male had wandered through the camp the day before.
Late on our penultimate drive we found him
at the water hole near the hide.
It turned out that he had killed an Nyala bull,
and the carcass had fallen from the tree branch
where he had placed it.
Not to be deterred, this female Spotted Hyena
decided that she would share the kill...
Finally she was able to break off a significant chunk
and she kept stopping to "taunt" the leopard as she
Our final sighting of the trip.
Adult and juvenile Bateleur Eagles,
watching us as we drive towards the exit gate.
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