Nature's Way  - blog post image
Wildlife  |  28 January 2019
By Ryan Hillier
 

Nature's Way

Nature has many faces, moments of exquisite beauty or tenderness that make your heart melt, but also moments of harsh reality. It has the ability of completely blowing us away like nothing else on earth, taking us on an emotional rollercoaster that leaves us drained by its intensity. Yesterday was one such occasion for us. We found a leopardess, the Fort Dam female, in the western most reaches of the reserve. She was on the move and actively hunting a warthog. We could see as she stalked that she was very skinny and needed a meal, but the wily warthog knew something dangerous was afoot and made its getaway. She began to move on, moving within a few feet of our vehicle giving us the most amazing view of her rosetted coat. Already we were all smiling! Getting such a fantastic look at one of these beautiful and secretive cats is always a truly wonderful experience, especially watching her attempt to hunt and get a feed she clearly needed. She moved through the golden early morning sunlight and we could not have asked for a better photographic opportunity, but then she suddenly stopped dead in her tracks. Completely still, her attention was focused on a thicket a few hundred yards away. Whatever she had spotted, we couldn’t see. As we scoured the area with our binoculars trying to figure out what she had seen, we realized what had got her attention. The soft call of a young antelope came from within the thicket, a call usually heard when calling its mother. Young antelope are often left hidden by their mothers lying motionless and silent in dense vegetation while the adults move off to feed, returning later to suckle their young and move off with the herd. But there were no adults in sight, in fact after the warthog had run off, we had believed the leopard to be alone in this area.   Read More


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Location

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Big Five Game Viewing

Kwandwe is one of the largest private Big Five game viewing areas in South Africa

Exclusivity

With 54 000 acres of private wilderness, accommodating a maximum of 52 guests, making Kwandwe one of the highest land:guest ratios in South Africa

Easy Access

Located perfectly for a self-drive or fly-in safari