Nkurru Cam – Weekly Update #7

Hi everybody!

Winter has arrived in full force and it is cold in Madikwe.  Really cold!!

That also means that the Nkurru waterhole is getting busier and busier and we are getting a lot of action at the lodge!  The female lioness with her two youngsters are still hanging around. the two Kgala males pop in every now and then and the amount of of elephants would have you thinking you are in the Chobe!

The cats have somehow been avoiding our camera traps but we see them, and their tracks, at the water every couple of days.  We have also had quite a few rhino sightings, including both black and white rhino, so all in all the game viewing is amazing!

Here are a few of the images from the last week.

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A Spotted Hyena peaking in.  These guys have been incredibly vocal around the lodge during the last few weeks but they still stay pretty much out of sight.

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Civet?  Genet?  Either way, he is hanging around and making more and more appearances.

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Guinea Fowl?  All day, the whole day! 🙂

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Since opening up Nkurru Plains (on the side of the water hole) we have been getting a lot more Kudu at the water.

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Not too often, but these guys do pop in every know and then.

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Ellies.  Lots and lots of ellies!  Yesterday we counted just over 50 at one time.  I reckon Nkurru plains has also made a difference.

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Cute little guy smiling for the camera. 🙂

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Then, there are two more images that I did not really want to have to show…

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This is an elephant trunk trying to pull the camera from it’s hiding place in the thickets.

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This is the camera being unceremoniously ripped from the thickets.

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Yeah, the ellies have claimed another camera trap scalp! 🙁

We did not see it happen but found the camera the next morning, not completely smashed to bits, but just enough to classify it as ‘broken’.  Man, I cannot even post an image of it as it is, apart from being hellishly expensive, very frustrating.  If you feel the need to see the camera we have it at the lodge!

So, with one camera left we are doing whatever we can do hide the camera enough to be out-of-elephant-sight but still in a position to give us some nice images!

Will be back with more next week.

As always, we look forward to hearing from you.

Gerry van der Walt

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