After the driest February for a long time – the desperately needed summer rains finally came to Zimanga Private Game Reserve in South Africa at the beginning of March – with over 100mm falling in two days. Now two weeks later the reserve has never looked better! After bursting its banks the Mkuze river has now subsided – to full to nearly bursting – and the grasses, which had turned yellow and dull are the brightest shade of green and full of life! This is definitely the best time of year I have experienced on Zimanga so far!
Life on Zimanga Private Game Reserve is good! The iconic African giants (elephant, giraffe and rhino) have been taking full advantage of the fresh new vegetation. While the three male wild dog pups are still in the boma waiting to be joined by their elusive brother – before being relocation to a different reserve.
Past conservation volunteers (Siobhan Farr, Hayley Rowson, Alicia Nyman, Jasmin Hersberger and Jeanette Jevne) were lucky enough to join the game capture team in action last week – who have been removing general game before winter. While present conservation volunteers (Melissa Aldenhoven, Yvonne Good, Dorien Bennink and Moira Hart) have been busy taking down camera traps for the Panthera camera trap survey. The camera trap study period has now finished on Zimanga and is moving to Mkhuze Game Reserve later this week.
Photos: Moira Hart