Highlights for October 2019

Highlights for October 2019

Highlights for October 2019

Every Game drive/Safari in the Pilanesberg is different, as field guides we drive through the gate and never know exactly what is going to happen. This all adds to the excitement as we head out on a game drive or Hot air balloon flight.

There has been no rain yet in the park so it is even more dry and there has been some fires in the reserve but nothing serious. The sightings have still been great this month and four new cheetah cubs have been discovered. 

Photos for October 2019

A great sighting of lions on a kill

A great sighting of lions on a kill

Last week we were privileged to share a sighting of lions on a Wildebeest kill with our guests.

What made this a great sighting is that it was close to the road and in an open area as opposed to being in the long grass where one would be unable to see anything. It can be seen as sad and one might not want to look at something like this but we remind ourselves that this is nature and we are privileged to see things like this. 

 

When we were at the sighting while on our morning safari we saw the lioness with the kill she had just made. The rest of the pride was hiding on the other side of the road in the long grass. 

While out on our afternoon safari we went passed the sighting and the rest of the pride had joined her.

A once in a lifetime sighting

A once in a lifetime sighting

A couple of weeks ago field guide Greg Esterhuysen had stopped to look at a herd of Kudus and give his guests some information about them. After a few seconds, something caught his eye. There was a slight movement in the shadows of a small tree…A leopard!

The leopard was keeping a very close eye on the Kudus as they moved closer to her. She lay behind the small tree dead still in order to remain undetected. What unfolded was nothing short of spectacular.

When one of the younger Kudus got even closer it got distracted for a second and looked in the other direction, the leopard took its chance. She ran and before the Kudu even realized what was happening leaped into the air and managed to take hold of the kudu around its throat. Within minutes the Kudu was dead and the leopard dragged its meal away.

Right place at the right time as it is not often we get to see something like this. Here are the photos Greg Esterhuysen managed to get of the action.

Not just a floating balloon of hot air – Interesting facts about hot air ballooning

Not just a floating balloon of hot air – Interesting facts about hot air ballooning

  • The first passengers to go on a hot air balloon flight in 1783 were a rooster, duck and a sheep. All three passengers made it back to the ground unharmed.
  • The real reason for the champagne toast celebration after going on a hot air balloon flight. We might tell you it is to celebrate your safe flight and amazing experience but there is more to this tradition. In France the farmers were not too happy with hot air balloons landing on their farms, therefore, pilots started to take champagne with them on the flight to give to the farmer’s whose farms they landed on as a peace offering.
  • The Pilots cant steer the balloon they can move it up and down but as far as steering goes the direction the balloon goes depends on mother nature.
  • A hot air balloon consists of three parts: an envelope, basket (made from woven wicker or rattan) and burner system which creates an open flame by burning a mix of liquid propane and air.
  • The envelope of most balloons is made from nylon. Due to the fact that the melting point of nylon is approximately 230 degrees Celsius. The temperature inside the balloon usually stays below 120 degrees Celsius.
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