Beautiful Flowers in the Iconic Bush

The iconic bush is very dry at the moment. Yet despite that, are beautiful and resilient flowers that still manage to thrive in the harsh environment. These are the beautiful flowers captured at Timbavati Eco School  during September 2016

“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower” by  Hans Christian Andersen

Climate change in the Iconic bush: Butternut and wild creatures

It is September, 2016 and normally rains would come in July so that farmers can plant butternut in the first week of September. So… the rains are late. Planting in a dry season  is tough! The farmers have to rely on water tanks and pumps to irrigate their fields from a nearby river stream.

During my last visit to the iconic bush, the images below were a true testament of how the earth and the trees were truly dry. On arrival, we were greeted by this Zebra, from a nearby, man made water hole for the animals.

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Zebra in the dry bushveld

We were stationed at  Timbavati Eco School where all manner of creatures show themselves: The giraffe prance around looking to pick the juicy leaves on tree tops. An occasional kudu visits when they can.

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Hungry giraffe chewing on the juicy leaves on the tree top

Baby and rhino mum protected by herd of buffalo.

We had an eventful afternoon at Manyeleti National Park today. We spotted, Impala, Inyala, Wildebeest, lion, and buffalo.


Meanwhile, ahead, a most rare experience was witnessed by us! A most spectacular sightinimageg was unfolding. To my right , I spotted a herd of buffalo and lo! and behold! the herd was closely protecting a Rhino mom and child! The buffalo herd was bout 40 Buffaloes. It was truly awesome.

Please spot the baby rhino and mum. Nature protecting its own!

 

Tired,humiliated lion

We spent the night at Jacana Camp, a privately owned, syndicated establishment (i.e not for hire but for exclusive use by syndicate members). An early morning game drive  in the http://Sabi Sand Game Reserve  exposed us to various wild life creatures. We came across this lonely lion, looking tired and gaunt. Our Game Ranger, Abel, explained that this lion had been involved in a fight the previous night with members of its pride. The lion was paying us a “no never mind”, which is why we were able to get close to him. He was tired and had not eaten (so we would have been easy prey if he had the energy).

IMG_2955The buffalo and elephants, on the other hand, welcomed the morning with much aplomb!

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