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The following contribution is from the Fuller family in Bungalow # 42, who describe these fascinating encounters with lions during their recent visit to Ingwelala.
I hope you may find the following thread of pictures interesting, these are personal observations of processes I have not yet observed in the field before.
We were driving down the eastern side of the river heading towards Timbavati Crossing when we saw a Brown Snake Eagle fly across our path. We were amazed that it was able to manage and carry such a large snake in flight.
A hippo that finds the swimming pool an attractive place to be has continued to visit these chlorine waters on an ad hoc basis.
The night of 2 June 2016 was one of those bush nights that just couldn't have been scripted. It was a night that epitomised the magic of the African bushveld and in particular, Ingwelala.
There has been widespread coverage of the current drought in the media: this leads one to speculate just how severe this drought is at Ingwelala, compared with previous droughts. Rainfall records have been kept at Ingwelala since the early 1980s and, during this period, there have been three severe droughts including the current one.
The picture above of an injured elephant is courtesy of Colin Rowles (Warden of Klaserie Private Nature Reserve) taken several years ago in the Klaserie.
The exact cause of the injury remains unknown, but the fantastic news is that this elephant has survived and appears to be doing well, despite the gaping forehead wound.
The following paragraphs are extracts from the latest South African Weather Service, published late March, for the Seasonal Climate Watch, for the period April – August 2016:
March 2016 was an eventful month on the Reserve, a busy time with school holidays and the Easter period.
Of special interest was a hippo who took a liking to the swimming pool. On his first visit, he surprisingly splashed into the pool one evening when already occupied by human swimmers! Fortunately there was no user conflict as the members opted for discretion over valour. These circumstances provided a huge talking point, especially between Moses and Timothy who had the unenvious task of removing tons of digested and processed grass from the pool. You cannot believe how much dung was produced during the dark hours.