Friday, 19 May 2017

Cat Report 12 - 19 May 2017

Friday 12 May

Friday’s sunset safari and another cat week began with the leopardess Salayexe, who was reclining in the tree as she fed off her impala kill. At one point she climbed down, calling out (possibly her two year old cub Tiyani, who remained unseen but nearby) and sniffing constantly at the ground, before jogging quickly back to the carcass.

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(Salayexe, Screenshot Credit: Chantelle De Villiers, safariLIVE, Arathusa - South of airstrip)

Xongile, all graceful lines and gorgeous spots, was sitting on the dam wall at Vuyatela after attempting a hunt she settled for the evening.

Saturday 13 May

The now not so little prince Hosana was doing some aquatic hunting on Djuma (something him and his sister have become very good at) - leaping from puddle to puddle in search for unsuspecting terrapin. Active and on the move, WE lost him along the Milwati.

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(Hosana, Screenshot Credit: Denise Diorio, safariLIVE, Djuma Milwati)

Monday 15 May

Vutomi, Inkanyeni’s young, male cub decided to briefly grace the grasslands with his presence as he was attempting to elude anything or anyone’s gaze. After a long tracking session, WE managed to catch a glimpse of his slender figure through the long grass, as he was making his way toward Nkhoro melting into his surroundings once more he ventured on to the Nkhoro grasslands.

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(Vutomi, Screenshot Credit: Chantelle De Villiers, safariLIVE, Cheetah Plains - Boundering Nkhoro)

Tuesday 16 May

As the afternoon sun glowed orb-like creating a glow across the Cheetah plains landscape, the stage was perfectly set for the honeymoon couple to engage in their amorous endeavours amongst the tall grass. WE caught up to the lovers in their grassy honeymoon suite where they were lying. Young Quarantine was completely oblivious to the onlookers as he was captivated by Inkanyeni’s grace and prowess. She would dance about him upon occasion, as leopards do, to entice him into mating with her. Quarantine was so enamoured with her that she barely had to touch him and he would be more than happy to oblige her request. They continued engaging one another in this leopard lovers dance, only resting occasionally when WE moved on to Further explore the African plains.

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(Inkanyeni and Quarentine, Screenshot Credit: Sierra, safariLIVE, Cheetah plains boundering Nkorho)

Wednesday 17 May

Wednesday morning, one of our favourite Birmingham boys,Tinyo, was found basking in morning glow. His mane was shining with the morning dew drops embellishing his golden mess of a mane. Nothing seemed to bother or stir this Birmingham boy from his slumber. He was fast asleep dozing as only the king of the grasslands could. WE left Tinyo in the hopes of revisiting him in the evening and finding a more activity on his part.

Upon returning to Tinyo with the late afternoon fading into early evening, Tinyo was still stationary in his aforementioned position. The large feline had failed to move even an inch during the day and did not move a muscle. He was insisting on lulling his audience into the same slumber he so enjoyed.

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(Tinyo, Screenshot Credit: Payton Pay, safariLIVE, Chitwa - Near Airstrip)

Saturday, 13 May 2017

safariLIVE time change 16 May 2017



Well safarians winter is finally upon us and that means one final time change as we delve into the cooler months of the year. Dawn breaks over the African wilderness ever later, the dawn chorus is lulling as migrants and fledglings spread their wings to soar to faraway places, and the safariLIVE crew’s alarm clocks will resound through camp 30 minutes later than they are at the moment. On May 16 we will be heading out on fresh, misty mornings 30 minutes later for the sunrise safari.

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(Image Credit: Louise Pavid, Djuma, Sabi Sand)

WE do this to ensure you have the best seat in Africa at the best times of day when the animals are up to the best wilderness antics. To make sure you never miss a moment of safari please see the table below for the sunrise safari schedule changes in your time zone.

safariLIVE
CAT
BST
EDT
PDT
Sunrise Safari
Start: 06:30am
End: 09:30am
Start: 05:30am
End: 08:30am
Start: 00:30am
End: 03:30am
Start: 21:30pm
End: 00:30am
Sunset Safari
Start: 15:00pm
End: 18:00pm
Start: 14:00pm
End: 17:00pm
Start: 09:00am
End:12:00pm
Start: 06:00am
End: 09:00am

Friday, 12 May 2017

The Cat Report: 5 May - 12 May

Friday 05 May

The week kicked off with the young prince Hosana and his prized impala kill. WE caught up with him at the end of Sunset Safari as he secured his carcass in the boughs of a tall tree.

[Screenshot: Lily Brown‎]


Saturday 06 May

Hosana was a flat cat for most of the day, panting heavily as he digested his impala kill in lush green thickets beneath a tree. As dusk approached he rose and moved towards the dam, possibly wanting for a drink of water.

[Screenshot: Di Priem]


Wednesday 10 May

Reports had flooded in after an aggressive encounter between the young prince and the dominant male in the early hours of Sunday morning. Loud growls were accompanied by dashing steps as the cats confronted each other. WE searched for both cats following the drama (some of which had been captured on the dam cam) but it was only on Wednesday afternoon during the sunset safari that Hosana was finally found lying in tip-top shape on the wall along Treehouse dam- unscarred from his tussle with Tingana but weary with the knowledge that he’s treading on another cat’s territory (walked past a herd of impala and did not react).

[Screenshot: Lily Brown‎]


Thursday 11 May

Hosana was found, still resting up at Treehouse dam. He then took us through some dense vegetation on the sunset safari, performing the same evasive skills his mother Karula was so adept at. Once again, WE were astounded at just how well he has coped with premature independence and developed the skills necessary of a solitary cat. Already a master of the sleek leopard walk, he faded away into long grass to hunt, beautifully suiting the autumn colour scheme of the Sabi Sands.

[Screenshot: Karen Gilliam]

Tristan had raced off to Cheetah Plains to see what surprises the far east had to offer and there, also moving through the yellowing grasses of autumn, was another spotted cat - the Cheetah Brothers. They appeared to be on the lookout for food, heading north along the Mala Mala boundary towards another open clearing, but they must have already walked quite a bit today, for they stopped to catch their breath and sat low on the plains while they waited for the twilight hours of the dusk.

[Screenshot: Karen Gilliam]


Friday 12 May

This report’s Cat week ended with the striking Salayexe, a female leopard WE have not seen in a long time. With an impala kill hoisted in the tree above her, she settled quite close to us, relaxed but also alert to the fact the there might be other leopards on Arathusa.

[Screenshot: James Richard]

Monday, 8 May 2017

safariLIVE May rehearsal schedule 2017



With another appearance on television screens across the US hurtling towards us, WE need to polish up and practice until our performance is perfect. That means WE will be having just a few private rehearsals in the week to come. While this does mean that you will miss a safari or two it also ensures that WE are able to give you only the best live safari experience!

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(Little lion cub gives mom a big hug, Image Credit: Brent Leo-Smith, Djuma, Sabi Sand)

WE will be having private rehearsals on the 11th, 12th and 13th of May. Trust us it will all be worth the wait! In a thank you to the crew for all the hard work that goes into these live productions, WE will also be cancelling the sunrise safari on May 15 to allow for some well deserved rest.

WE have got some truly exciting surprises in store for our marvelous Mother’s Day weekend safari extravaganza! WE will be going LIVE across the United States TV screens on Nat Geo WILD as well as all usual internet platforms on the 13th and 14th of May, celebrating mothers of all shapes and sizes!

Please see the table below for changes to the live safari schedule in your time zone:

Date
safariLIVE
CAT
BST
EDT
Date
PDT
11 May 2017
Sunrise Safari
Start: 06:00am
End: 09:00am
Start: 05:00am
End: 08:00am
Start: 00:00am
End: 03:00am
10 May 2017
Start: 21:00pm
End: 00:00am
Sunset Safari
PRIVATE REHEARSAL



11 May 2017

12 May 2017
Sunrise Safari
Start: 06:00am
End: 09:00am
Start: 05:00am
End: 08:00am
Start: 00:00am
End: 03:00am
11 May 2017
Start: 21:00pm
End: 00:00am
Sunset Safari
PRIVATE REHEARSAL



12 May 2017

13 May 2017
Sunrise Safari
PRIVATE REHEARSAL



12 May 2017

Sunset Safari
LIVE TO NG WILD
Start: 15:00pm
End: 17:00pm
Start: 14:00pm
End: 16:00pm
Start: 09:00am
End: 11:00am
13 May 2017
Start: 06:00am
End: 08:00am
14 May 2017
Sunrise Safari
Start: 06:00am
End: 09:00am
Start: 05:00am
End: 08:00am
Start: 00:00am
End: 03:00am
13 May 2017
Start: 21:00pm
End: 00:00am
Sunset Safari LIVE TO NG WILD
Start: 15:00pm
End: 17:00pm
Start: 14:00pm
End: 16:00pm
Start: 09:00am
End: 11:00am
14 May 2017
Start: 06:00am
End: 08:00am
15 May 2017
Sunrise Safari CANCELLED



14 May 2017

Sunset Safari
Start: 15:00pm
End: 18:00pm
Start: 14:00pm
End: 17:00pm
Start: 09:00am
End: 12:00pm
15 May 2017
Start: 06:00am
End: 09:00am

Friday, 5 May 2017

The Cat Report: 28 April - 5 May

Friday 28 April

The elusive Cheetah Brothers were staking out their claim on Cheetah Plains, tails held high as they scent-marked their way through the open grasslands before vanishing from sight.

[Screenshot: Agnes Zsiga‎]

Nearby lay Inkanyeni, her rosetted flaxen fur set off by the green of the grass, as she made contact calls to her new cubs after taking a snooze. 

[Screenshot: Agnes Zsiga‎]

Also on Cheetah Plains was the larger-spotted Tingana, on his own patrol of safeguarding territory, marching North of Central Rd with confidence and at haste.

[Screenshot: Lily Brown‎]


Saturday 29 April

Despite the positive beginning of a rainbow stretched across the sunset safari sky, Go Birding day ended unfortunately for the twitchers with Thamba enjoying a guinea fowl dinner before joining his mother at a more satisfying waterbuck kill.

[Screenshot: Tommy Buch‎]


Sunday 30 April

Just north of Cheetah Plains, three members of the Lower Sabi Breakaway Pack were on the run, having stolen the waterbuck carcass from Thamba and Thandi. They coursed through the bush with eyes sharp and focused, looking for their next meal.

[Screenshot: Lily Brown‎]

Thandi and Thamba, bellyful and beautiful, sheltered from the rain beneath a tree on Chitwa Chitwa. When Thandi left him to relax on top of a termite mound, Thamba called out to his mother in a high pitched voice, risking attention from a nearby elephant bull cracking branches.

[Screenshot: Lily Brown‎]

After sleeping off a full belly on Arathusa, Birmingham Boy Mfumo made contact calls that cut through the night - prompting Jamie to declare poetically, "The greatest composer cannot match the crescendo of a lion's roar."  He looked unconcerned by the injury near his eye which was fresh and weeping.

[Screenshot: Di Priem‎]


Wednesday 03 May

Sunrise safari started with the gentle lope of the Birmingham Boy Mfumo, who had woken up most of the safariLIVE team members with his roars only to give us the ghost minutes into the drive.

[Screenshot: Lily Brown‎]

Tingana was also on the move on Arathusa, proving there is never any rest for a king as he diligently scent- marked his way down MMM road.

[Screenshot: Lily Brown‎]


Thursday 04 May

An exciting start to the day with Jamie and Senzo on a ferrari safari, doing their best to keep with the Lower Sabi Breakaway Pack who were looking ready to ambush an impala. WE managed to stay hot on their heels but unfortunately the dogs missed their chance and left us in search of something else for breakfast.

[Screenshot: Lily Brown‎]

WE all cheered for Hosana when he was found with an impressive subadult impala kill on Vuyatela. With the kill hoisted up a tree, he lay flat in the shade to escape the heat, rising only to resume his meal amongst the branches once the day had cooled and the sun sank lower.

[Screenshot: Lily Brown‎]

Tingana too had recently made a kill, and WE found him triumphant and content in a tree on Cheetah Plains, exhibiting his massive belly before climbing down for some sawing and patrolling.

[Screenshot: Lily Brown‎]


Friday 05 May

Hosana was still with his impala kill on Quarantine, sleeping in tall grass beside a termite mound with his carcass hoisted up a tree. Another member of its species spotted the royal prince and alarm called - causing Hosana to give a warning snarl and move the kill - snatching mouthfuls of meat whilst standing guard.

[Screenshot: PatriciaScott]

On the corner of Hippo Pools Road and Drakensburg Road the other cat with a full belly, Tingana, rolled himself out of slumber before slinking out of sight.

[Screenshot: James Richard‎]