All we can say is what a sighting!

Field guide Patrick Sefako tells the story: “While on a game drive in Pilanesberg with guests we came across a pride of lions. It is always exciting when we get to share these big cats with our guests”.

“There was a troop of baboons not far from where the lions were headed. When they saw the approaching lions they made a run for the trees. They were clearly not happy with the approaching big cats as they were alarm calling and even fighting amongst each other. At one point one or two fell from the tree, one youngster ended up being injured in all the commotion. He seemed to no longer have control of his back legs. So he was left hanging quite low down in the tree with the others watching from above. The struggling youngster captured one of the lionesses attention and that marked the end for him”.

As sad as it may seem this is nature’s way and it is probably a good thing that this little guy didn’t suffer for long as he would never have been able to keep up with the troop or look after itself.

Some highlights from the last couple of days

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It is very dry in the Pilanesberg at the moment but the sightings have still been great. The wildlife is congregating around the waterholes, elephants are starting to swim again now that the weather is warmer and the predators are resting in the shade during the heat of the day.  Here are some highlights from the last couple of days.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery interval=”3″ images=”4616,4615,4612,4611,4605,4604,4603,4608,4609,4606,4623,4602″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]To share sightings with us why not join us on one of our game drives[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Sometimes we all concentrate on the big things so much that we forget about a whole other kingdom that is out there …

The bird kingdom. In these posts we would like to share Pilanesberg Bird Watching with you.

Lilac-Breasted Roller  (Coracias caudatus)

*Rollers get their name from their impressive courtship flight

*Their call is a loud harsh squawk, not what you would expect from such an attractive looking bird.

*The diet of the lilac-breasted roller is primarily insectivorous such as: ground-dwelling insects, arthropods, amphibians, and other small vertebrates.

*Their amazing colouration gives them the title of one of the most photographed birds in South Africa.

African fish eagle  (Haliaeetus vocifer)

* African fish eagles are believed to mate for life (monogamous)

*The African fish eagle feeds mainly on fish but will also eat rodents, small birds and other prey items.

*We often see them around the dams in the Pilanesberg.

Southern red bishop  (Euplectes orix)

*An iconic bird to see around the bird hides during summer.

*The males have this vibrant red and black plumage during the breeding season to attract females. The rest of the year they will be dull brown like the females.

*The nest is most commonly built among reeds and is woven out of grasses and other plant materials.

We had a very busy long weekend with guests from all over the world coming to spend their holiday with us.

Pilanesberg spoilt us with some fantastic sightings to share with our guests and now we would like to share some of them with you…

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