...We first tried leaving the gates open, hoping that Mika and the females were not near. Simba however, was not going to leave a 5-star lion hotel with safe and secure fencing and a meal delivered every few days, ready for the taking.
Our reserve manager, Jacque Fourie, calls them his “big brown cows”. We like to call them buffalo. These bovids can be downright frightening at times, but just as quickly disarm you with their big brown eyes and sociable nature.
The smell of freshly baked bread, rain on the parched plains of Africa, a hardwood fire after a long day in the bush, the cow-like smell of a herd of buffalo in thick bush. These smells evoke a certain sense of wellbeing or possible danger.
This Waterbuck bull was photographed in the Woodstock botanical area of Kaingo. He is a mature male with a territory of about 89 ha in size. Waterbuck bulls can attain a weight of about 270kg and their horns may measure up to 97cm.
It has a checked distribution, mostly forming clumps of trees on mountainous slopes and rocky areas. The latter part of its bi-nominal name refers to the fact that the Northern most distribution is in the mountains near Tanganyika, the modern Tanzania.
This specimen, a Mozambican Spitting Cobra, caused a bit of a stir itself! Timid by nature, but also inquisitive and not at all reluctant to come into close contact with humans, this snake was found on route into the office building on Kaingo...