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.

Highlights from May 2019

Highlights from May 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.

Winter is here! The early morning and evenings are now in the single digits The Pilanesberg is however still looking very green and the autumn colors are just starting to show.

Highlights from March 2019

Highlights from March 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.

March school holidays kept us rather busy with families from all over the world joining us for activities. Here are some of the highlights:

Highlights for January 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. 

The rains continue, everything is bright green and the bush is starting to get thick again. We have managed to share some great sightings with our guests this month. Including “the ghosts” of the Pilanesberg (Buffalo) and a hot air balloon flight over the king of the jungle.

An update on the Cheetah population in Pilanesberg

Here is an Update on the current cheetah population in the Pilanesberg.

There has been a lot of changes over the last few weeks with regards to the Pilanesberg cheetah population. The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) keeps an eye on the cheetah population and genetics. Cheetahs have to be moved from one protected area to another in order to make sure their genes are spread and inbreeding doesn’t occur. Therefore the EWT makes the decisions on what needs to happen in order to make this possible.

Rains first litter of cubs in the Pilanesberg consisted of three males. These boys had to be relocated a few months back to avoid any inbreeding. This was unfortunately not before they got into a fight with their fathers which ended in both of them curcumin to their injuries.

On the 25 October, two new male cheetahs were introduced into The Pilanesberg National Park from Dinokeng.

So who is still in the reserve and how many cheetahs do we have left?

There are currently 5 cheetahs in the Pilanesberg.

  1. Our superstar Female cheetah “Rain” is here and we are hoping the two new males will find her as beautiful as we do.
  2. Rains’ latest offspring which is ready to leave her soon. He is a little male so will possibly be relocated to another reserve once he splits from her.
  3. Rains’ second litter of cubs with us consisted of two females and a male. The male hasn’t been seen for a long time so it is thought that he, unfortunately, didn’t make it. His sisters, however, are doing great! One has been relocated to Marakele National Park and the other remains here.
  4. Then we have the two new big males.

With the new males in the reserve, we are excited to see how the population will continue to grow and hope to share many exciting sightings with everyone.

The new boys on the block. The two new adult males that have been introduced into The Pilanesberg National Park seem to be doing well.  Here they were seen on a Redhartebeest kill.

The original adult males that were the last two cheetahs in the park before Rain was introduced. They, unfortunately, died from their injuries after fighting with their three male offspring.
Rains three boys, her first littler she had in the Pilanesberg. They have been relocated to another reserve.
Rain and her current male cub. He is getting big now and should be leaving her side soon at which point he will probably be relocated.
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