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Tuningi Lodge, Madikwe - the safari for softies

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The hunt

 

Suddenly from an apparent aimless stroll the female took off.  The male broke into a gentle trot.

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We heard a loud squeal and drove forward to find the lioness with a warthog piglet.

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The male arrived and stared intently at the lioness

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She continued to choke the life from the warthog and eyed up the male. I think we all knew what was about to happen.

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As soon as the piglet was killed the male moved in.

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He pinned the female down and took the kill from her

 

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He proceeded in to a nearby clearing and made short work of his snack.

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Summing Up

 

The main reason for going on this trip was achieved - my friend had an easy and very comfortable safari. We saw lots and the sightings at the waterhole as well as the experiences with lions were memorable.  Overall however I was a little disappointed by the unremitting density of the bush in the area we explored and found myself longing for both the open spaces of the Mara and the riverine areas of the Timbavati and Sabi Sands. I have previously discussed my views on the guiding.

Overall an enjoyable time but I will probably not return to the Madikwe.

 

As always thanks to those who took the time to read, comment or like.

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Excellent final batches of images!

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Posted (edited)

greedy male! but wow you almost saw a hunt but definitely saw the kill and was pretty cool. i'm not sure I would be so cool watching the kill and warthogs make the most awful screams. 

 

thanks for sharing and I'm glad your friend had a great safari. 

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@Marks Thank-you. @Kitsafari The lioness was efficient and there was a single scream only. What was fascinating was that the male waited but moved inas soon as the piglet stopped breathing. 

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I must say that I'm slightly awed by the idea of going on safari for, essentially, a long weekend. I suppose it's slightly easier to do from the U.K. than from the US, but not by all that much. I also think it's very kind of you to arrange this trip for your friend, and with so many of her needs and interests in mind.

 

The incidents with the rhino and the brown hyena would have driven me quite mad -- you sound much more patient that I would have felt. No doubt because of this, you were rewarded with some really lovely cheetah pictures and a very exciting lion sighting. I am so glad you and your friend ended up with some very good sightings, and thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

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@hannahcat  It is very easy to manage a long weekend from the UK :) From both London and Birmingham (my local airport) it is possible to leave my desk at 5pm and be on the afternoon drive in South Africa the following afternoon. Coming home I can leave after the mornig drive and be back at my desk by 8.30 the following morning.  There are a large number of airlines and routes into JNB which keeps costs down.

 

....And I don't work on Monfdays in any event!

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@pomkiwi As if I wasn't jealous enough already of my friends in the UK! Good strong tea, great accents, and the ability to go on safari for a long weekend ... sounds like paradise to me. :D

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@pomkiwi

 

Thanks for sharing your report with us, and sorry to be such a late arrival. I've long wanted to visit Madikwe. We were in South Africa for a short time in July, but I just couldn't make the logistics work out. 

 

One of of the reasons I'd like to go is because of the regular sightings of brown hyena, and it looks like you got a dose. I am surprised by the guiding issues you report. Sorry if I missed it, but how many people did they put in your vehicle?  I don't think I could have restrained myself from saying something -- very politely, of course.   

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@Alexander33 Welcome along and thanks for your kind comments. There were 6 of us in the vehicle and all of us fairly relaxed I think. I have commented earlier on about the guiding and probably best just to say that my impression is that he was very, very keen to get a leopard sighting. 

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