Exeter River Lodge is situated within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, renowned for having the best Big Five game-viewing in South Africa, if not the world.The Reserve is famous for its incredible leopard sightings. The Sabi Sand leopards have grown accustomed to safari vehicles, thereby permitting close up sightings and extraordinary photographic opportunities.
Mating Wild Dogs
With all the excitement of the morning drive, it did not take much convincing to get my guests to go and follow up on the Wild Dogs again that afternoon. 35 degrees centigrade had ensured that the dogs had not left the shade of their Combretum from the morning. The afternoon sunlight provided us with some superb photo opportunities as the dogs began to get active. Then, too our amazement, the two adults began to mate. This was a first for me as well as my well traveled guests. Even my tracker Chris had not seen this in his 12 year career. The process resembles that of a domestic dog with a gestation of 69-70 days. If the pack sticks around and avoids attention from Lion and Hyena, it will provide guests with an amazing opportunity to view one of Africa’s most vulnerable predators.
Hi Brendan, Boy, you work fast - we will never forget that great day, we were so happy for you and Chris when we had this fantastic sighting. We are home now and I have just been downloading my photos onto the computer. The memories are awesome as they always are from Africa. I must say, the last sighting I had of Exeter and you and Chris standing on the landy waving goodbye made me cry - thank you for the last and most enduring memory of our wonderful stay. With luck we'll be back next year and in the mean time, I'll keep logging on to your web sight. Thanks again to you and Chris for everything Kind regards, SUE STEPHEN
By: SUE STEPHEN, Date: 21 March 2008
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