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Last month I had the privilege of taking out a few drives with students from the local communities. We picked the students up at Dumphries gate and took them on a game drive of the Ulusaba property.
There were nice sightings of the lion pride, breeding herds of elephants and many different antelope species. Even though the kids were all from the communities that boarder the Sabi Sands for most of them this was their first safari experience. They enjoyed seeing the wildlife that resides in their backyard and kept me on my toes with lots of questions.
As we drove through the bush looking for the different animals we also observed birds, flowers and insects. We were even lucky enough to see a kill, a Southern Black Flycatcher taking out a grasshopper! We spent some time with a raft of hippo in one of the dams and stopped for a snack along the Sand River. It was great to see how interested the students were in the wildlife and I will be looking forward to the next drive.
Since coming back from a two week leave I've noticed a few changes around Ulusaba. When I left it was still very hot and now it is clear that the winter dry season is well on its way. This has actually been quite nice on game drives, although it is a little chilly in the mornings, the bush is starting to thin out. I
've had a few nice sightings of grey duikers, steenbok, nyala and more kudu than I'd seen in my first 3 months here. There have also been more sightings of some of the rare nocturnal creatures lately including genets and pangolin. I was fortunate to spend ten minutes watching a honey badger hunting a troop of banded mongoose, with no success that we saw. It was a great sighting but my camerawork failed me and I didn't get a picture. I was much quicker on the trigger when we bumped into a white-tailed mongoose not five minutes later.
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