|Selemo, a young female leopard we came across on the beautiful Swartsloot|
This is a report on the few days spent at Limpopo-Lipadi.
|Black Mamba (Mogorosi River)|
The first snake sighting was as we parked our vehicles at unit 6. We spotted a Western Yellow-bellied Sand Snake. Luckily they are harmless, and a very beautiful snake indeed.
|Mozambique Spitting Cobra (Northern Plains)|
The following day saw us photographing birds at Kloppers waterhole, when Francois (one of the guests) spotted a young African Rock Python in the tree above the waterhole! It was an excruciatingly hot day, so maybe the python went for a swim to cool down a bit. As we were spending time with the python, another Western Yellow-bellied Sand Snake made it's appearance as well.
|African Rock Python (Kloppers waterhole)|
|Western Yellow-bellied Sand Snake (Kloppers waterhole)|
A quick visit to Lipadi Hill produced a very curious Common Flat Lizard.
|Common Flat Lizard (Lipadi Hill)|
The definite birding highlight was catching up with 2 Three-banded Coursers! This was my 2nd sighting of Three-banded Courser on the Southern Plains. I would like to think that this could be a reliable spot to see these elusive birds!
We had 2 sightings of Grey-headed Kingfisher, my favourite kingfisher. The cobalt blue feathers are such a pretty sight.
|Spotted Eagle Owl|
Limpopo-Lipadi have become synonymous with African Wild Dog and Leopard, and didn't disappoint.
|African Wild Dog (North of Cabbage dam)|
After enjoying the African sunset at Cabbage dam, we returned back to camp via the southern plains, where we added Bat-eared Foxes, Porcupine (4 individuals together!), and a single Brown Hyena to our list for the day.
|Odirile, a young male seen at Tholo dam|
Our best leopard sighting however was on our last game drive, in the golden light of early morning, on the magical Swartsloot, where we spotted a known female (Selemo, +-2 years old), sitting quietly on a termite mound. She then stood up and decided to walk in the road in front of us. She was extremely relaxed, and what a blessing spending some quality time with such an amazing animal. Unfortunately she moved into the bushes soon thereafter, but the 5 minutes spent with her in the golden light of morning is something to remember for sure.
|Selemo, the young female we came across on Swartsloot|
The next morning we had a quick stop at Mbuzi, where we caught up with a single spotted hyena again.
|Aardwolf (Middle Plains)|
Mogorosi waterhole also delivered a first for me on the reserve in the form of 2 bush pigs!
General game included the usuals such as impala, kudu, giraffe, zebra, warthog, eland, Small spotted Genet, etc. We unfortunately didn't see any elephants - although we saw their evidence all over.
|Swallow-tailed bee-eater (juv)|
All photos Copyright Anton Kruger