Beho Beho Bushblog – Salum – 12th November

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This is the second week now that all our guests who have been at Beho Beho have seen Wild Dogs. The first sighting was at the Lake Manze. We found them on the morning drive and we returned there again in the evening to watch them. The second sighting was at Beho Beho International on the morning drive. Kessy, the driver, who went to set up the arrivals table at the airstrip,  found them and radioed us and luckily we saw them just before the resident sign. We watched for a short time before they started to move and we followed them before they shot off in the bushes chasing an Impala. It is the pack of eleven Wild Dog which includes seven adults and four puppies.  They have been seen also twice on the way towards lake Tagalala and at Matambwe seeps. Although they were just relaxing it is always great to see these special creatures.

This morning I went to Lake Manze and we had such a great time because we saw four Hyenas in total. One at the Beho Beho International sleeping on the side of the runway and three at Little Serengeti. More interesting at Little Serengeti because we saw two together walking on the open plain. As we were watching them also Baboon appeared and started chasing the Hyena. It was so much fun to watch them chasing each other. Then we saw another one eating something we didn’t know what it was until we went close. It was a Wildebeest and just the skull remained.

At the lake we saw three Verreaux Eagle Owls, two adults and one juvenile, these are the largest of African owls. Also we saw two Nile Monitor Lizards near the lake. On the way back at Pelican pan we saw Vultures in the trees and we decided to drive there to see and luckily we saw two of the three Musketeers (our dominant male Lions) just finishing eating a baby Impala. We watched them for about five minutes before they started to move into the thick bushes. We decided to go and see some vultures and we saw them eating the rest of Impala. They where Palm Nut Vultures, Lappet Faced Vultures, White Headed Vultures, White Backed Vultures, Griffon Vultures and Hooded Vultures. It means that we saw all species of Vultures in the Selous sharing an ‘Impala feast’.

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