June Sightings At A Glance
We bring you a quick overview of sightings enjoyed at Arathusa over the month of June. As winter sets in, the bush opens up a bit more and the sightings get better. The smaller creatures are seen more easily, and the dry conditions make for clearer animal tracks. Bush walks at this time are exceptional – lest we forget the spectacular sunrises and sunsets! Nothing beats a winter’s evening – wrapping warmly in a blanket, enjoying hearty comfort food paired with red wine around a blazing fire under the stars.
There were 80 separate sightings of leopards in June!
We’ve broken them down for you below.
Xidulu – 16 sightings
Cara – 1 sighting
Tiyani – 4 sightings individually, and 5 sightings with her cub
Ndzutini – 5 sightings
Sibuye – 3 sightings
Shasha – 4 sightings
Langa – 6 sightings
Makhomsava – 3 sightings
Kuchava – 2 sightings individually, and 4 sightings with her cub
Tlalamba – 1 sighting individually, and 5 sightings with her cub
Maribye – 3 sightings
Tavangumi – 4 sightings
Tortoise pan – 10 sightings
Unknown Male – 2 sightings
Unknown Female – 2 sightings
Timbaviti Male – 2 sightings
Seen a total of 63 times. Sightings per pride included:
Torchwood Pride – 1 sighting
Nkuhuma Pride – 23 sightings
Talamati Pride – 20 sightings
S8 Male – 5 sightings
Avoca Males – 12 sightings
Tsalala Pride – 1 sighting
Talamba Pride – 1 sighting
Unknown Male – 0 sightings
1 sighting of the ‘painted wolves’ was enjoyed in June.
24 individual sightings were enjoyed. Massive herds of buffalo (some around 1000 strong) have come in from the Kruger and the Manyeleti areas onto Arathusa – drawn by the water. Buffalo at this time of year naturally draw an abundance of opportunistic lions.
Were seen 48 times over the course of the month.
THE RARE AND UNEXPECTED
The true magic on safari is when we find something that is seen very rarely…
Over June, we were very fortunate to enjoy 3 sightings of the very rare PANGOLIN and 1 sighting of the AARDVARK – also known as one of the ‘holy grails’ when it comes to wildlife sightings in Africa – the first one of the year!
Let’s see how July can possibly top this…
Until next time,
The Arathusa Guiding Team