About little things too like dung beetles. This obviously made quite an impression on Hannah because after this – every time she saw a VW Beetle she would say “look – there’s a dung beetle”.
Brendon wanted to see if he could get some footage of them at work. It’s amazing how many different types of dung beetles there are.
We spotted a herd of gemsbok. They are a beautiful antelope.
We were asked if we knew which was the biggest of the antelope. I had thought it was the kudu as I know the males get really big. He told us that it was the Eland.
These zebra were standing so beautifully. They had been looking in opposite directions and just as Brendon took the photo the one turned around. Still a lovely shot though.
Blue Wildebeest nice and close. We learnt about the “stripes” and how the darker and lighter hair forms a bit of a current which helps cool the animals down.
Then we seemed to ride through the nursery area as we spotted many mothers with their babies. Here is a blesbok with her very young calf. I am also managing to remember more of the names which is nice.
A video of the mother walking off and the little one eventually following. The ranger explained that as there were not many predators in the reserve the animal behaviours has changed. In the “wild” the baby would stay very close to the mother at all times. Here they know there is not as much danger.
Then we got to see two more rhino.
And a nice artistic shot of a blue wildebeest. This was also specifically taken to show the tail – with black hair. The black wildebeest have white tails.
And we got to see some lovely birds too. I remember seeing a lilac-breasted roller at one of our previous visits to Mabula. Such a beautiful bird and an excellent photo of it too.
We had a quick glimpse of a kudu when we started the drive and the ranger had told us a tongue twister about the kudu. It was lovely to see this big male kudu and both Brendon and Rachel managed to get the tongue twister right.
And a female too. A good shot of an ox pecker looking for fleas too. And for those who want to give it a try...."If you could do what a kudu do, then you could be a kudu too. But you can’t do what a kudo do, so you can’t be a kudu too.” We again thank the Lord for a wonderful game drive and all that we got to see.