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November update: a lion couple on honeymoon

  • December 03, 2017 | Rhulani Safari Lodge

The monthly statistics about animal sightings remained very stable last November. Many beautiful encounters offered our guests a memorable safari. An absolute highlight was the lion couple on honeymoon, right next to our vehicles. Here is our November update from the bush.

An absolute highlight: a lion couple on honeymoon

November statistics: Frequency of animal encounters per game drive

A big herd of buffalo, very close to Rhulani

The rainy season has now started, with a big storm at end of November

We often receive inquiries as to when is the best travel time in Madikwe, in order to make as many beautiful wildlife observations as possible. With regard to the statistics, it is confirmed also last month that there are no fluctuations in this regard. The "general game" (including impala, wildebeest, kudu or zebra) is very common, so we do not even put it in a register. We also see the dangerous Big 5 very often; four of them with a probability of over 60% on each single game drive, which lasts 3 to 3.5 hours each. So also in November: Elephant 98%, buffalo 78%, lion and white rhino 65%.

If you stay in Rhulani for three to four nights, you also have a good chance to discover more fascinating animals. Last month game drive statistics reveal the following values: Giraffe 83%, black-backed jackal 57%, brown hyena 29%, cheetah 26%, wild dog 23%, spotted hyena 6%, leopard 5%, black rhino 5%.

Which highlights do we remember specifically? There are countless, for example: small jackal puppies, a very large buffalo herd, ostrich mating, cheetah, lion and wild dog on a kill, lion roaring or mating, and we discovered smaller animals like a caracal or a chameleon.

Lastly, we keep in good memory the day, where the rainy season started at the end of the month, with a storm and incredible rainfall. Our December photos will show nature in green color again.

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