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October update: Time for rare animals

  • November 04, 2018 | Rhulani Safari Lodge

With the first hot days around 40 degrees and with a first big storm summer time has started. Like every month we tell you about the discoveries on our safaris, where we managed to see quite unusual animals this time. Our Field Guide Riaan had his camera ready and took amazing pictures. This is our report from October.

We found a very relaxed female Serval that we were following hunting insects and little rodents

October statistics: Frequency of animal encounters per game drive

A cheetah on the hunt

Above all, our "first time bush visitors" want to find the most important animals, especially the famous “Big 5”. Measured by the likelihood of seeing them on a 3 – 3.5 hours game drive, October was an excellent month. As always, the Elephant was in first place (97%), followed by - rather surprising - the White Rhino (84%), which reached a record score. Next follow Buffalo (63%), Lion (32%), and finally the Leopard, who achieved a very good result (26%).

After a few days in the bush you open your eyes for smaller, rarer, more unusual things, and there was a lot to see in October. Riaan tells us about a special cheetah sighting: "We found these two guys when they were on the hunt, However, there was only an adult zebra in the harem, so they scanned through them and carried on walking, later to go and lie down and rest for the day."

And then there were animals which we classify as an extraordinary discovery in Madikwe. Riaan tells: “One day, we found a very relaxed female Serval that we were following hunting insects and little rodents. Another day we were watching some lions at a watering hole when an Eland strolled in. However he saw the lions and just hanged around watching the lions with the wildebeest.”

Eland is the largest species of antelope, even bigger than Kudu. Hereby we have proved wrong that in Madikwe you can only see the Eland in Rhulani's company logo or as a specialty on the dinner plate. 

We were watching some lions at a watering hole when an Eland strolled in

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