Location: Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa
Content: Big 5 and a variety of other wild animals, over 100 recorded bird species
Camera: Live Streaming
Night vision: Yes
Pan / Tilt / Zoom: Full motion
Season: All year round
Elephant Plains is a luxury lodge located in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The lodge is situated on the bank of the dry Manyeleti riverbed. The area encompasses clay based plains, broad-leafed hilly woodlands interspersed with dolerite ridges and mature riverine habitats, creating a fantastic diversity of flora and fauna with a natural waterhole being the centrepiece. Upon hearing the details of this location it didn’t take the Africam team long to see exactly where their new camera would have to be.
Roughly 20 metres from the waterhole is a large Jackalberry tree. Fortunately for us it houses a large branch extending completely parallel to the ground, with nothing between it and the bush. The camera has been mounted underneath this branch providing a perfect vantage point of the waterhole and the surrounding area.
The water hole provides a drinking spot for all the Big Five (Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo), as well as more rare predators such as cheetah and wild dogs. As the name Elephant Plains suggests, this water hole is frequently visited by the Elephants in the region. Elephant Plains is also legendary for providing some of the best sightings of Leopard and if you are lucky she will bring her cubs for a family outing to the water hole.
Situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, Elephant Plains Game Lodge offers excellent Big 5 game viewing, luxurious accommodation and sumptuous cuisine. The lodge caters for the discerning traveller, offering a variety of accommodation options, varying from rondavels and luxury suites to the Manyeleti honeymoon suite. Elephant Plains Game Lodge is world renowned for excellent Big 5 game viewing and guests can enjoy two game drives and a bush walk per day. The lodge is owner run and can accommodate a maximum of 24 guests. This guarantees personal service and attention to detail. Our unpretentious style ensures that guests regrettably leave the warm and friendly atmosphere of our little piece of Africa. The Africam wildlife camera is located in a big Jackalberry tree on the open area in front of the lodge, facing the watering hole.
When to view:
Elephant Plans has animals all year round but is most active during the winter months between March and November. During the spring months of September – October you can often see the animals bringing their young ones down to the water hole for an introductory drink. Good viewing times are around sunrise and sunset but there is a steady flow throughout the day. Night time viewing produces some of real gems as the predators come out to play.
Named after two rivers that cut through this area, namely the Sabie and Sand River systems. The area is renowned for its wildlife and in particular the big five, lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. It is rated as one of the best reserves in Africa to see these large animals in there natural habitat and in particular leopard. Its not all about the big animals and the Sabi Sand has plenty of other smaller animals that call this place their home.
Story behind the camera:
Of course the location of this new camera made for an interesting installation process that took almost a week - the highlight of which was an encounter with a hyaena. The team had elected to stay at the waterhole after dark in order to properly adjust the infrared lights. It wasn’t long before a young hyaena came to investigate what this strange new group was up to. We kept an eye on him while we finished our work, and watched him observe us as he circled the entire area. He eventually lost interest and headed over to the waterhole for a quick drink before departing, and in doing so, provided us with our inaugural sighting on the new camera.
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