The safari industry refers to the summer season in Kruger as “emerald season”, and for good reason. When the rains pelt down and smother the dry landscape with water, the bushveld awakens from its drab slumber. Those bland branches give birth to plush greenery, and migrant birds flock to the region for its ample supply of herbivorous delights.. So many shades of teal and green cloak the terrain during the summer, making it one of the most scenic times of year to visit the Kruger. Every aspect of the bush is buzzing and alive; and the energy is rather contagious! Although not considered “peak” game viewing season, we’ve certainly haven’t experienced a lull in predator sightings. The past few weeks have produced generous sightings of big game, carnivores, birds and other small creatures.
I know it seems like a “copy and paste” of last week, but Ezulwini Game Lodges seem to enjoy consistent lion sightings. If it’s not the lion cubs, then it’s the abundant sightings of the Kudyela lionesses or the Machaton males that constantly wow our guests. Umkumbe Safari Lodge has branched out somewhat and delivered a wealth of lion sightings ! That’s right – our Sabi Sand lodge has balanced the leopard sightings with other big cat sightings.
Africa on Foot and nThambo Tree Camp have climbed aboard the leopard sightings train, and now enjoy sightings of local lass, Nyeleti. The lion sightings are also on the increase; but a highlight this week has been the endless sightings of the elephant herds splashing about in bodies of water that are the result of the recent rains.
Walkers Bush Villa have really put themselves on the map this week with their big five sightings. Two of the Ross Pride lionesses were attempting to flush out a warthog from its burrow. Quite a remarkable sighting, but one that is not uncommon in the game-rich Timbavati Private Nature Reserve! Expert guide, Brett Horley, managed to track and find breeding herds of elephant, bulky herds of buffalo and other wildlife.
The team at Chacma Bush Camp have provided us with plenty of entertaining lion cub moments together with sightings of the coalition that sired the cubs, and the cubs’ natal pride.