There’s no doubt about it; winter… has arrived!
And while the bitterly cold mornings are somewhat of a struggle, it’s a great excuse to venture off on a late morning guided walk through the reserve. We love it, the guests love it, and there’s always so much to see.
Recently, I had the absolute fortune of spotting the only Cheetah in the reserve, right in front of the lodge. I was on the viewing deck and couldn’t believe my luck as we were scheduled to head off on a guided walk minutes later.
I told the guests about the Cheetah, and in excited silence we observed from up high as he enjoyed a recent kill. When he left the site we took the opportunity to do a little bit of what we like to call Bush CSI. The rangers like to piece together all the evidence; the skuff marks, broken shrubs, tracks in the sand… and try to figure out what actually happened moments before the kill took place. In this instance, we concluded that a young kudu cow had not been fast or smart enough to out run her predator.
With our hearts now set on seeing the Cheetah again, we kept an eye on the kill spot, and to our delight, later that afternoon, he returned for more.
A few days later, while out on a walk, the guests and I were taking in the quiet tranquillity of the beautiful landscape. As far as the eyes could see, and as far as the ears could hear… this was Africa at her finest. And then, in the sandy clearing of the path we were travelling, we were treated to another exciting find; fresh male lion spoor.
Very cautiously, and very safely, we continued along the path until we spotted him through a gap in the thicket. Unaware of our presence, he strutted on in search of his brother, following his previously marked scent. We know this, because later we found the two of them reunited and relaxing in the open plains.
Whether it’s big game viewing, intimate insect finds or binocular-aided bird viewing, there’s never a dull moment on a guided walk through Nambiti Hills.
I hope to take you out there soon.