South African adventures - Part 1 Game viewing.
I have just returned from a trip to South Africa. Part of the holiday was spent in a private game reserve close to Kruger National Park. This blog contains photos of some of the animals that we saw during our stay.
Cape Buffalo - This is an old bull, known locally as 'dagga boys'. These animals can weigh up to 800kg.
This grumpy old bull is trying to keep cool in a muddy pool.
White Rhino - Gets it's name from the Afrikaans word 'weid', meaning wide , describing the Rhino's mouth.
Rhinos are endangered due to the mistaken belief that the horn has medicinal properties.
Waterbuck- This is a male, the horns can reach a length of over 90cm.
Female Waterbuck - as the name suggests they are found close to water.
Hippopotamus - a mature male can weigh over 2000kg.
Hippos spend daylight hours in water to protect their skin from sunburn.
Impala - males live in small batchelor groups, waiting for a chance to win a harem of females.
Impala females live in herds for protection, they are hunted by many predators.
Leopard - This is a male, the most numerous of the African big cats but very difficult to spot.
Burchell's or Plains Zebra - Identified by the shadow stripe between the main black stripes.
Blue Wildebeest - often graze alongside zebras as they eat different grasses.
Blue Wildebeest calves - the umbilical cord is still visible on on of the calves.
African Elephant - this is a breeding herd herd containing a few very young calves.
A very mischievous young Elephant.
The Elephants loved playing in water - they spent ages splashing around for fun.
A lone male Elephant feeding on the fruit of a Merula tree.
Kudu - a large antelope, lives in dense bush and relies on acute hearing for protection.
This is a female Kudu - the males have the longest horns of all the antelopes.
Lion - the largest of the African big cats.
This male Lion was followed around by his brother with a damaged rear leg. He has looked after his brother for over 3 years.
This group of Lionesses were alerted by Impala warning snorts.
This Lioness was part of a group living without a male Lion.
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