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Remote Africa Safaris

Remote Africa Safaris

Remote Africa Safaris
Female Narina Trogon
photo by Tony Davies
This season, our guests new and old have once again shared some of the most amazing game viewing experiences.
It was difficult limiting the selection, but we think you will enjoy hearing about these few.
Most seasons a pair of Narina Trogons is seen around Tafika. A few weeks ago they arrived and perched nonchalantly in the Natal Mahogany next to the sitenje as everyone sat at lunch.  Since then the female has returned almost daily to the same tree and our guest, Tony Davies, was there to capture it.  We are convinced she has a nest close by.
A massive herd of buffalo streaming down to the river to drink is an awesome sight, but Alison and Patrick Crawford and fellow guests Jackie and Kevin got even more than they bargained for on their morning walking safari. As they watched the endless stream of animals trudge across the sand to the rivers edge, a second scenario unfolded.
Two huge hippos launched at each other in a good 20 minute tussle over territory. Patrick captured the moment for us
Remote Africa Safaris
“Fighting for territory”
photo by Patrick Crawford
Wilddogs at Kakonje Pan
photo by Heather Mansfield
For the first time in a few weeks wild dogs were found at Kakonje Pan near Tafika by guide Mukupa and his guests Pearl, Davie, Ilona, & Marcel.  Time was spent watching the dogs frolicking together in close proximity to the vehicle.  To the delight of the guests, lions appeared on the scene some distance away doing what lions do best  – not a lot!  Things were shaken up further when three buffalo wandered into this scene.  The adult dogs took off on the chase but pulled back when the buffalo unknowingly ran in the direction of the lions.  Taking advantage of the situation the lions took over the hunt.  Sadly one poor buffalo’s luck was up and he succumbed to a persistent female lioness before the rest of the pride moved in for the kill.  Seeing the hunt from start to finish in broad daylight was spectacular, observing the wild dog interaction added a whole new dimension to the kill.
Ilona and Marcel’s luck continued with two additional sightings of the dogs over the next two days, one of which covered a two hour period and included seven young pups!
To the unusual sightings……………………………………caught on camera in Mwaleshi, but the picture not available to us at this stage, a carmine bee eater with blue breast feathers instead of the expected carmine colouring!   A buffalo with a white stripe often seen at the Tafika waterhole; an albino three-banded plover, and a new born baby elephant whose mother still had the umbilical cord wrapped round her leg!
Buffalo at Tafika hide waterhole
photo by Bryan Jackson
The baby elephant at ten days old!
photo by Bryan Jackson
And that’s just the tip of our wonderful game-sightings iceberg!
Best wishes,
Linda, Heather and the team
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