The Moremi Game Reserve is a massive expanse of land with so many different habitats to explore, making a day trip the perfect way to experience and maximise on a stay in this world-renowned wilderness area. For guests at Okuti, pre-day trip preparation means an early wake-up call, a scrumptious breakfast, remembering camera’s, binoculars, hats, sunscreen, followed by a short walk to the game vehicle. Behind the scenes, a gourmet picnic lunch is prepared accompanied by lots of refreshments to keep the energy levels surging through-out the day!
This week Solly, professional guide, and Maths, Assistant camp manager at Okuti, both did day trips up to and beyond the third bridge area of Moremi Game Reserve. On return, they both reported a very successful day, highlighting two special predator sightings – see below for their accounts:
The Moremi Game Reserve is world famous for many reasons, one of them being the abundance of predators that call the reserve home. Near Okuti, in the region of Xakanaxa, there is a lioness who is seen regularly, mostly by herself. Last year April she had a litter of cubs which were unfortunately killed by a coalition of three male lions who were enforcing their dominance in the area.
One of these males was seen in the vicinity of the lone female recently and we had high hopes of them mating. I was on a day trip with my guests near Dombo pools, on the western Side of Moremi, when we came across the pair mating! We really hope that something will materialise and this female will be able to raise more cubs in the next few months to come.
A lioness has a gestation period of three months so we hope that the summer season and the start of the rains brings new life to the Xakanaxa region of the Moremi game reserve.
We set out on our day trip and I decided, without telling my guests, that we were going to try and find Cheetah on this particular day! This meant driving to Third Bridge where the open grassland areas present the perfect habitat to spot Cheetah. We ambled slowly along taking in the surrounded, my guests were all very focused and keen to spot animals! In the distance, out the corner of my eye I saw what looked like the majestic cat but I had to drive closer to be sure.
As we approached, there he was standing still in the long grass looking ahead at a herd of impala. There were lots of ‘wows’ and excitement coming from the back of the game vehicle as this was my guests first time seeing Cheetah.
A cheetah is a carnivorous animal preying upon smaller antelope such as impala and reed Buck. At full chase, a cheetah can reach speeds of up to 110/120 km per an hour – also part of the reason why we find them in these wide-open grassland areas where they can gain speed easily!
Blog stories and Images by: Solly and Maths