01 FEBRUARY 2006
Good day to everyone on our website. Like the previous two months February was a very wet month in Madikwe.
Since the beginning of the rainy season up to now we had close to 800mm of rain, which is more than double our annual rainfall. This of course does not help anything with the road situation when looking for game.
The month started of on a high when we heard reports from the ecologist of wild dogs at Tsukudu dam. I had to pick up guests from the airstrip, but went there straight after they arrived. By the time we got there the whole pack of dogs were in the dam swimming after a kudu bull. Soon afterwards they got hold of it and the kudu went down. The dogs swam to the side and waited patiently. About 30 minutes later we saw something floating on top of the water, it was another kudu. They caught two, one bull and a cow. After a huge struggle the kudu eventually were out and the dogs had their meal.
Another excellent sighting was when KK and I were following lion tracks when suddenly we heard the roar of the king of the bush. Soon we got one of the Batia brothers walking down the road in front of us. Every now and then he would stop, roar, listen, and then carry on walking. Just before dusk we heard another roar close by and the Batia we were following picked up his pace. Not to far from us the brother was busy mating with one of the local females in the area. They greeted each other with a growl and moved of into the thickets, with the sun setting behind them.
And then there were tracks of two hippos on our private road one morning. We followed the tracks of course and could see where they were heading, Tlou dam. We contacted people from the western side of the reserve to tell them about our found. Later that same day reports came in of two hippos in the dam just like we suspected. What is amazing about this is that the animals walked approximately 20 kilometers in one night. Hopefully they will stay there for a while, as it is much easier to view them at the dam than to look for them in the river.
All this excitement through the month just made me appreciate life in the bush all over again.