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Tinga Game Lodge – Rare Pangolin and a juvenile Martial Eagle sighting

Tinga Game Lodge has had some great sightings recently with pics from their Facebook page to prove it !


WARNING : GRAPHIC FOOTAGE BELOW


Pangolin are so rare when you tell the guides back at the lodge “we saw a pangolin” you will always here there words ” I have been guiding 30 years and only ever seen a pangolin ( insert : once, twice, thrice )”

Having an idea of how rare it is to see one – to view a pangolin displaying its amazing defense features while warding off a pride of 8 young lion is very special !

A happy ending : The pangolin escaped in the end seemingly unharmed ! Check out these great pics from Tinga Lodge Ranger David

Tinga Game Lodge | Assistant Head Guide David Parker: Out on drive this weekend I had the most amazing sighting of a pride of 8 young lions playing with this Pangolin (Scaly Ant Eater). In my Six years of being in the bush, this is only the second Pangolin I have seen, both being here at Tinga. When threatened, the Pangolin will roll up into a small tight ball, protecting its self by ensuring all its soft under parts and legs are hidden, and the harder scales are facing out. These scales are very hardy and actually sharp. If you look closely at the Lions claw you will see a little blood. Luckily, the lions lost interest and left it alone. What a privilege it is to have seen this!


If you look up occasionally while on safari ( peeling your eyes away from predators in the bush can be hard for some – we know ) you may get a glimpse of a Martial Eagle. With a wing span of up to 2.6 meters this sub saharan eagle has the ability to roam up 1000 square km’s in search of prey. Here David captures shots of a handsome juvenile.

Considered one of the worlds most powerful predators, the Marital Eagle is known to eat many of Africas dangerous snakes including the black mamba, and African Rock Python. depending on the area Martial Eagle are known to eat small spotted cats like carcal and have been known to hunt duiker, up to 35 kg’s.

Tinga Game Lodge | Assistant Head Ranger David Parker: Amazing to note the sheer size of this Juvenile Martial Eagle. As it flew off the branch and almost entire tree was shacking. With the average wing span being just over 2 meters and with prey as large as small antelope often taken, it’s hard not to be impressed by this amazing bird!


 

Watch this video of a Martial Eagle feeding on a Serval | WARNING : GRAPHIC FOOTAGE

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Safari at Londolozi – Our guests view a rare leopard sighting

Long time clients of ours, Miles and Brian from NSW, were stunned by the unique experience they received from the team and game at Londolozi Game Reserve.

On a father and son trip to Africa for the first time, this pair of discerning travellers were really looking forward to their stay at Londolozi. They weren’t disappointed with lots of great big cat sightings including leopard and lion.

Friendly staff, first class safari guiding and excellent dining were the first things to be discussed on a trip follow up call to find out how their trip went. Read their comments below.

Miles, 25 Uni Student ” Founders Camp is great, the team and guides are amazing. I learnt so much in the 5 days i was there. The chalet’s are excellent with lots of space but it is the the location of the lodge that for me stood out – under the trees along the banks of the Sand River ! Their relationship with the leopards on and around the property is just incredible. “

Brian, Former Pilot 60 ” Londolozi is excellent. The concept, the team, the staff, the food – everything was top notch. The safari experience itself was something else. Through many many years of hard work by founders John Varty and the Londolozi team, the leopard remain wild but unperturbed by your presence allowing up close and personal viewing of these amazing animals”


We received this great Facebook message to our Above and Beyond Holidays Facebook page from Miles just after arriving back at the lodge after this rare sighting

” we saw the rarest leopard moment on camera any of the trackers have ever seen ! There was a big male leopard who climbed a 80ft tree along the river and ate all three of these gigantic Fish eagles babies. We watched it devour them for an hour and then watched him scale down jumping from tree to tree. The trackers were amazed – apparently the first documented viewing of this kind on the reserve ! I’m uploading the footage to youtube ! “

Leopard are pretty much the reason you need to visit the Sabi Sand. You will enjoy other great sightings of elephant, lion and rhino but it is the consistent long term approach of the private reserves towards conservation and sustainable tourism that has led to a haven for leopard who are well and truly habituated to the site of safari vehicle.

If you want an up close and personal leopard viewing experience Londolozi in the Sabi Sand is the place to go. Londolozi know their leopard’s – they know their life, their history and their stories.

Learn more about LondoloziWatch the interview with John Varty – Londolozi Founder

Other rare leopard sightings – Teenage leopard attacks python in the Kruger Park

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The Okavango Delta – an Extreme Aerial’s tour

This fantastic aerial tour of the Okavango Delta is from Vimeo user extremeaerial is shot using their ( Extreme Aerials ) patented Octocopter

This is certainly not Botswana’s green season – the waters are high and there is amazing wildlife to see thanks to the great flying skill and camera work.

Comments from Extreme Aerials Vimeo page : ” The whole delta was flooded so all the flights were over water, I launched and landed on the front of a aluminium boat. Needless to say that added a level of stress to the situation. However I flew 37 flights in 9 days without a single problem

Isn’t this a great video ? We think so and hope there is more of Botswana to come !

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