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GAME SIGHTINGS AUGUST 2015

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“Amazing, phenomenal, beyond words, stunning, surprising, astonishing, breathtaking, impressive, extraordinary, incredible, splendid, remarkable, unbelievable, magnificent, spectacular, sublime & marvelous…” All words used this month to describe game sightings at Machaba Camp.

And yes, they are all correct! Where to start…

Let’s start with the dead crocodile which floated down the Khwai river, got flung onto the banks by an angry hippo. The croc got devoured by an old lion who didn’t let anyone near – nor hyena, nor any other lion… The stench is still lingering up until today…

That same lion got seen on another occasion where he presumably had stolen a leopard’s kill… Once more he guarded his feast from others…

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And then comes the tale (or tail) of ‘Mmatsebe’… The Machaba female has been incredibly active & has had several successful hunts / kills. She is still successfully raising her youngster cub who is stealing the hearts of our clients just by sheer cuteness…

We witnessed a male leopard stealing her spoils the one evening & have seen the 2 young leopards at Maghoto…

The little cub remains bouncy & full of life. He/She is playful & remains cautious when mommy is not nearby.

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Continue to the wild dogs: waw, have they been performing well!

One remarkable sighting was at

dinner time, right in front of the Machaba main area… Drinks are underway as a splash is heard – wild dogs have taken down an impala at the edge of the water… Crocodiles gather from everywhere trying to get a piece of the kill – namely the stomach which was removed before feasting…

On another day, the wild dogs killed an impala who was chased into the water, nibbled on by a small crocodile who couldn’t overpower the impala… In a desperate attempt for its life, it swam away & tried to make a run for it… It didn’t even get out of the water or the dogs got hold of it… Hippo in the foreground watched the entire spectacle unravel… As did the Machaba guests…

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Elephants have been around in large numbers & have held several of our guests hostage in their tents… J … The lure of the river water attracts them in large numbers…

Our hyenas are a pup richer: a cute little black bundle has started emerging from the den…

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We have had some more unusual sightings as well this month featuring African Wild Cat, Honey Badgers, Serval & probably Africa’s most scarce & rare of them all: the pangolin!

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