The Bush House - exclusive private game lodge in malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa - Game viewing drives to see the Big 5

The Bush House

Hi everyone

 

Sunsets, ghosts and a 4 day honeymoon…that is just some of the things I am going to talk about…

 

We responded to a call on our two way radio, to a possible lion sighting one morning. We arrived at the spot, where one female and one male lion were spotted, but the male decided to hide from the paparazzi while the female allowed us to take photos of her while walking down the road and then vanished right in front of us into dense vegetation. We decided to head back to the male to see if he was so kind to show himself but to no avail – we then decided to go and have a coffee some kilometers away. As we got to the coffee break stop, we got a huge surprise! Another honeymoon couple! They were walking back and forth across the road, in front of us, next to us! Absolutely fantastic! They were the two Naledi brothers (+-6 years) and the two Bulaya sisters (+-5 years), from two different prides!   The “honeymoon” will last for about 4 days, and then +- 3 and a half months later, we might have 1-4 (exception 6) youngsters per female running around! Though very social cats, it is the females’ sole responsibility for feeding and rearing the young, the male plays no paternal role!

 

 

 

Ghosts in Madikwe? What ghosts? One of these of course!

 

Though very rare to see in Madikwe, there are a few of these ‘ghosts’. Madikwe does not have sizeable packs, big packs like you would normally see on TV, but they are present! We got this spotted hyena minding its own business one morning, it walked right pass our vehicle and disappeared behind us into thick vegetation. What a pity…

 

 

 

Another rare sighting would be Brown hyena. It is a scavenger of large mammals, but eats insects, fruit and vegetables as well… Though also present in Madikwe are very rare to see, like this one we got one afternoon busy marking its territory. One of the benefits of already marked area(s) might be to avoid foraging in the areas already covered by other hyenas. Brown hyenas forage alone, not in a pack like Spotted hyenas often do.

 

 

 

During the morning and afternoon drives, we do stop for a coffee or a beer and some snacks, beautiful sunsets etc. but of course then you might also end up getting a surprise or two at the drink stop…like these two lionesses +- 5 years old ! They are part of the Bulaya pride. Needless to say, we had to pick a different spot to have a coffee. Luckily they were very cooperative with us taking their pictures before we moved off. On the afternoon drive we heard over the two way radio that these two beauties were still in the same area that we found them on the morning drive…

 

 

And of course, only in Africa will you find one of these… beautiful sunset…I took this photo just before we got back to the lodge. What a brilliant finish to a wonderful day…

 

 

That is it from me. Until next time!

 

Thomas and the Bush house family.

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