Monday, December 12, 2016

Lukimbi Safari Lodge and idube Game Reserve, some final wildlife images.


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It has been 6 years since we were last at this Lodge
 in the Southern Kruger National Park.
But it was a visit to the Park in 1966,
that kindled my love for "the bush"
www.lukimbi.com

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We left the Park via the Paul Kruger Gate,
in order to reach their sister camp in Sabi Sand...

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From Kruger we drove up to Sabi Sand,
and one of my wife's favourite camps...
idube game reserve.
Once again, this was a return visit for us.
http://www.idube.com

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Night falls over the African plains,
and it is time to head back to the lodge...

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To sit around the camp fire and tell tales of what
we had seen on our game drive.
This posting is a combination of sightings from
 game drives at both properties.

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Predators are always a great sighting.
And leopards specifically.

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Although this lioness was making it difficult for us to get close,
we were able to watch her interact with her cubs.

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If I am going to be fair,
then I need to feature prey as well as predators.
This waterbuck is not top of the list when it comes
to being on the menu.
However, lions and wild dogs will hunt these.

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 A pair of European Bee-eaters,
out in the morning sun.

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Not for the squeamish...
The local wild dog pack had killed this Steenbok earlier.

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The pups were now using the remains as a "chew" toy.
Not pleasant to watch, but part of the cycle of life in the bush

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They say that Kudu have great camouflage skills...
Can YOU see the animal in this photograph?

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And back to the leopards...
This fellow had a kill close by,
and was on his way back there from a nearby waterhole.

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African Elephants...
A breeding herd at a waterhole is always a lot of fun to watch.

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This male is undoubtedly the largest of its kind I have ever seen.
Luckily for us, he was extremely relaxed being close to our vehicle
and we were able to spend some time with him in the fading evening light.

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These young warthogs often fall prey to both leopards and lions.
International tourists always shout out "Pumba" when they are spotted

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The cry of the African Fish Eagle,
 the the epitome of the "bush"

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For perfect colouration,
it is hard to beat a Saddle-billed Stork.

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This lioness was not averse to getting her feet wet.

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Singularly the most dangerous animal to hunt on foot.
The mighty African Buffalo.

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Well, someone has to clear away the sh*t...
And Dung Beetles do it with incredible speed and backwards.

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A full tummy after sharing a buffalo kill with siblings,
mother and aunts.

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This is what the cub will eventually grow to become.
An African Lioness!

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