“To witness that calm rhythm of life revives our worn souls and recaptures a feeling of belonging to the natural world. No one can return from Africa unchanged, for tawny lions will forever prowl our memory and great herds throng our imagination.” -George Schaller
The month of April has been one of many surprises. The summer rains have dwindled with the approach of the dry season, and the lush green grass is beginning to fade into hues of warm yellow. Mornings have turned chilly with vast mist filled valleys glowing in the rising sun. The long winter nights are starting to slowly creep in as sunlight quickly fades with each passing day. The sightings have yet again been incredible. Without fail the Timbavati has managed to produce time and time again. It seems the larger animals such as Elephant and Buffalo are travelling larger distances to get to sufficient food resources which has made them the harder animals to find whilst out on game drive. There is also plenty of water still around in the watering holes and the pans that litter the landscape perhaps, another reason we have to look that much harder to find them. Predator sightings, on the other hand, have been out of this world. It seems the Leopard population is set to flourish as the frequency of sightings has been extraordinary. When kills have occurred it has not been uncommon to see two Leopards in one sighting with youngsters feeding off scraps and similar aged Leopards battling it out for the kill. We’ve had the privilege of enjoying great Lion sightings during April with a number of nomadic males drifting through our traverse looking for the opportunity to establish themselves as fearsome leaders of a pride.