Beho Beho Bushblog – Phil – 16 November

philblogWaterhole Safari’s

Whilst we still await the rains our waterhole increases in popularity.

Representing one of the few sites where good clean water is still available, a “waterhole safari” can be a very rewarding way to spend a few hours!

Taking a seat at the round table gives a close up view of the waterhole and its visitors, alternatively the eagles nest gives you an elevated and more extensive view of what may be approaching. Whichever you choose Mr Simba or one of his team will be on hand to provide you with refreshments too!

So if you had settled yourself in one of these two places in the last week, ready with a drink in hand, plus of course your camera and binoculars at the ready here is what you may have witnessed:

Fred (our resident bushbuck), Waterbuck and Impala (of course) are regulars and we are currently being entertained and endeared by the Impala’s little wobbly legged lambs at the moment. They’re not the only babies we are seeing though, tiny (and I mean really tiny) little warthog piglets are accompanying their mum as closely as possible too.

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Baboons while away the odd afternoon in the trees surrounding the waterhole, as always full of mischief and play a nature which makes them always fun to watch. But there is also a sinister side to their presence – Myself and Nico watched one afternoon this week as an Impala ewe and her gangly little lamb attempted to dodge around the incumbent baboons surrounding the water hole in search of a place to drink. However the baboons were very aware of the baby Impala and what a lovely meal it would make. Nico and I urged the mother, from our vantage point in the lounge, to come back later as she persisted to find a way in between the baboons to the water, despite numerous attempts from the baboons to catch her little lamb. Eventually dragging ourselves away only to rush out from the office 10 minutes later to the sound of squeals. The impala lamb may have escaped the baboons but unfortunately a baby warthog was not so lucky. Sad to see but it is for this reason that warthogs have large litters of up to around 8 and get one or two to maturity.

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Elephants are regular visitors, especially bulls. However recently we have had a herd returning regularly and often quite conveniently making an appearance in time for new guest arrivals, putting on a show and setting the tone for their safari. It has been great watching the two little ones learning to use their little trunks.

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Although it is not really possible to take pictures, the night time waterhole safari is equally as busy. Hippo are a regular nightly visitor and also elephant, but they have of late been regularly joined by buffalo some of which have been brave enough to chase off the odd elephant for their right to drink! Hyena meanwhile lurk on the edges of the light illuminating our view of the waterhole looking for a space not occupied by the big herbivores to sneak in a drink or alternatively rushing in boldly for a drink momentarily disturbing the peace.

We are often asked if lions or leopards come through camp. And yes they do! Lions were at the waterhole this week and guests enjoyed a good view over dinner. The leopards we see at the waterhole too and they visit more often than lions but not necessarily when we are around to see them, often choosing to come and drink whilst we are tucked up safe in our beds.

 

 

 

 

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