Highlights from December 2017

Every Game drive in the Pilanesberg is different, as 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.

December has been a busy month, as one would expect it to be. The baby season is in full swing and the Pilanesberg National Park is looking as green as ever. The babies are everywhere which is what we love to see this time of year. Here are some highlights from the festive season…

What is the best time to do a Game drive?

A good question that we often get asked by our guests.

A good time to go on a game drive in Pilanesberg depends on the time of year that you are visiting. That is why we change our scheduled gamedrive times seasonally i.e: sunrise and sunset. Doing a gamedrive over these times gives one a better chance of seeing a range of both nocturnal and daytime animals.

In summer it gets so hot during the day that going on a drive in the middle of the day is not ideal as the animals are usually lying in the shade. Going out early means the animals will still be active including your night time predators which will start settling down for the day.

In the afternoons it would be the other way round as the day time animals will be settling down for the night.

In winter it is dark and cold in the early morning and late afternoon so going out on drives at these times is not great as not only do you get cold but the animals tend to disappear.

 

Giraffe chewing on a bone!

Have you ever seen a giraffe chewing on a bone?

This is something often seen while on Game drive in the Pilanesberg National Park.

While out and about in the Reserve one might see a Giraffe sucking on something, often with saliva streaming from their mouths. If one listens carefully you might even hear the hard object hitting against their teeth.

When the giraffe loses interest and drops its treat you will see that it was a bone that it was sucking on.

This phenomenon is known as Osteophagy. It is believed that animals do this in order to supplement their phosphorus and calcium intake.

Below is a video of a kudu making use of Osteophagy.

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