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December update: Baby jackals and a Rock Python

  • January 05, 2019 | Rhulani Safari Lodge

What a year-end! Our consistently good animal sighting statistics have been enriched by numerous special highlights. Welcome to our monthly report of our rangers from December.

December statistics: Frequency of animal encounters per game drive

Martin capturing a Rock Python

Many of our guests have sent us a feedback, telling us of how happy they are to get such a rich bush experience in a relatively short time, and often see all the "Big 5". This is an indication that Madikwe Game Reserve is an ideal place for a diverting safari, and that our rangers have a good sense of where the wild animals are.

The numbers of the largest and most dangerous animals first. As always, Elephant was the most frequent animal to observe. We saw him in 89% of all our game drives. This is followed by Lion (78%), Buffalo and White Rhino (69%) and finally Leopard (16%).

While some of our guests were fortunate enough to witness a predator kill, there were more unusual events we can talk about. So we saw very little baby Jackals, which have a completely different skin than the big animals.

Very special was the discovery of a great Rock Python that could be captured by our brave ranger Martin and shown to our guests (we reported on that, see here).

We have already started the new year and hope to be able to report on many other unique animal observations.

A little baby jackal discovered in December