Elephant Plains Safari: Tiyane and Interfering Hyenas …

Elephant Plains Safari: Tiyane and Interfering Hyenas …

(Images photographed from Brendon’s or Niel’s computer or camera screen)

Brendon Cremer Reports:

Our final drive for the first safari group arrived all too soon. So much has been happening that everyone jumped onto the vehicles before dawn, eager to see what the final morning would produce.

We wanted to catch up with Salayexe and her cub, and when we arrived where we left them last evening (when we had the adventure of being stuck and where we had to wait for rescue!), we found both leopards up in the tree with their impala kill. Tiyane was feeding while Salayexe rested and looked on.

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After taking great photographs we left and went in search of whatever the area has to show us. We found a couple of White Rhinos, and numerous elephants again, as well as plenty of general game. Oh, we also saw buffalo lazing around peacefully. So, 4 of the Big 5 on one drive was really good!

Then we followed some Wild Dog tracks, but there was no luck there. But our sightings for the morning and our experiences during the past days on this safari were so fantastic that no-one was particularly disappointed – but saying goodbye after such a fantastic time meant that people were already asking when they could join another Tusk Safari …

The new group arrived in time for lunch, and after a briefing we were ready to start the first game drive – with everyone ultra keen after hearing about the previous days activities.

We headed straight to Salayexe and Tiyane, and found them still up in the tree. And again Salayexe watched lazily as her cub fed from the carcass. Everyone started a great collection of images of mother and daughter – and hopefully there will be more …

We visited the hyena den where we spent some time photographing some 4-5 month old pups as they played around and tussled over a piece of buffalo hide. Hilarious, boisterous games of Tug-of-War and Catch kept us amused and our cameras busy for a long time.

There were numerous large herds of Elephants everywhere – almost around every corner, giving us the opportunity for some super close-up shots. And as always there was plentiful general game, and 5 Buffalo Bulls that stared at us benignly.

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By now darkness was catching up with us so we headed back for some evening and spotlit shots of the two leopards. This time we found Tiyane relaxing on a termite mound. She rolled around on the mound and played with any fluttering leaf …

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Every now and again some young hyenas would arrive and chase her – and she leaped into the saftey of a tree from where she snarled menacingly, or as menacingly as a cute young cub can manage.

It was on this high note that we returned to the Lodge, everyone delighted with a fantastic drive, and looking forward to the morning …