A Visit to South Africa May 2011 (Part 4)
The next morning we saw an old favourite of mine -
Mafufunyane! He is getting quite old now, being close
to 14 years of age.
He is still a very special leopard!
That afternoon we came across a small group of buffaloes
They were being watched by this starling.
We had another good sighting of yet another herd of elephants
and I found this youngster fascinating as he ate right in front
Soon afterwards we had an encounter with a musth bull - he
wasn't happy and we quickly moved away.
Musth bulls dribble urine constantly and it has a strong,
unpleasant scent, so we were pleased to get away from him!
When we left camp the following morning we checked to see
if Salayexe was at the site of her kill and sure enough, there
she was up a tree, looking intently in the direction of where
she had left it.
She soon came down and disappeared in the opposite
direction so we moved off to see what had scared her. We
found one of the Tsalala females having a drink at a nearby
She then moved back to where Salayexe had stored the kill
up a tree. The lioness was very heavily pregnant and there
was no chance of her getting into the tree to steal the kill
but she had tried as we could see scratch marks on the base of
We then heard that the Tsalala female's sister was close by so
went to see if we could see her. She has young cubs and we
hoped to see them but unfortunately couldn't find her. Instead
we saw these nyala
and a short while later found one of the Majingilanes.
This is the male with the scar on his rump.
Our final sighting that morning before making our way back
to the lodge for breakfast was of Utah, one of the male
rhinos in the area.
All in all, it had been a very good morning.
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