Kings Pool Camp - September 2013

Sep 30, 2013 Kings Pool Camp
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I cannot imagine anything better than waking up on these clear, beautiful mornings at Kings Pool Camp, with the magnificent calls and sounds from hippo, lion, hyaena and even the frog choirs. Kings Pool has been a very active action field - mainly for predators, with leopard and wild dogs dominating the scene.

Two leopards have lately been seen on a regular basis in and around Kings Pool, both with the most beautiful little cubs. Although the cubs look fluffy, cute and cuddly now, they will surely grow to learn all the tactics of being successful hunters and killers in their own right…The two mothers, Mma Dithora (Ms. Squirrels) and Slender had a bouncing baby boy and an energetic little girl. Mma Dithora used to chase and stalk squirrels when she was young and she won herself this name and as the name suggests, Slender is quite petite and slender in build, compared to Mma Dithora who has a more bulky frame.

Wild dogs are definitely a firm favourite to see, especially when they’re active and hunting. Their puppies are extraordinarily cute and the way they bond with the pack and learn the hunting tactics is mind blowing! The LTC Pack is successfully raising their litter of nine puppies, between DumaTau and Savuti Camp. Subsequently, the wild dog numbers have gone up by nine with the newborn puppies even though the predator rivalry in the Linyanti is on the rise. In the adjoining photo, the puppies were being taught hunting skills, and they made a successful kill of a young impala - born only last season. The mother decided to jump into the water for safety, and the dogs went for the kill and took the yearling down.

Rarely seen in the Linyanti, Kings Pool guests were recently treated to a special sighting of a cheetah by the sunken hide. A very relaxed male, although clearly on a mission. This lone male cheetah covers a big territory, but has been seen along the banks of the Savute Channel fairly often of late.

We are privileged to annually welcome the breath taking migratory avian species – the southern-carmine bee-eaters. Back to their usual nesting ground, west of Kings Pool, flocks of brilliant plumage have been sighted soaring in incredible patterns and magnificent colours.

This month has definitely delivered phenomenal sightings, with many guests confessing they’ve experienced their best ever game drives at Kings Pool! Definitely a month to remember… Staff in Camp Managers: Frank Maule, Rikki Lotter, Kemmonye Wright and Michelle Koen. Guides: Lemme Dintwa, OD Modikwa, Khan Gouwe and Ndebo Tongwane Newsletter by Frank Maule Photographs by Khan Gouwe and Frank Maule


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