Young African buffalo born, video

This video from South Africa says about itself:

Buffalo Birth and Cute First Steps

20 November 2018

During this time of year begins the journey of many animals. Many animals in the African bush time their births in the rainy season, so as to maximize chances of survival.

37-year-old sales manager Brett Reisen was privileged enough to have witnessed a miracle birth of a baby buffalo in the Sabi Sands. He tells about this awesome moment: “We were watching a pride of 12 lions near Savanah and drove off heading back to the camp when we came across a herd of over 100 buffalo (less than a KM away from the lions).

We were watching them for a few minutes and one of the people that were with us noticed the one cow that was about to give birth. It seems like she held off pushing the calf out for a while until she was comfortable with us around. The whole birth took around 15-20 minutes, and she did it all alone.

Births are when animals are in a very vulnerable state from predators, so the act is built to be a very fast one. The strange thing is that the herd came to see the calf and headed off, offering her no protection.

What was also amazing was the number of oxpeckers that appeared to be lined up on the cow’s back. It was also amazing to see how attentive the cow was (it seemed like she was walking away to try to encourage the calf to get up) every time the calf tried to stand up how she almost ran to help every time the calf fell.

It was such an excitement to be able to see the calf being born, better than seeing any animal hunting. We had to try to keep our distance to ensure the cow was comfortable with us around. This was truly an amazing experience!


Leopard, hyena share meal, until …

This 7 November 2018 video says about itself:

Hyena and Leopard Share a Meal—Before a Surprise Upsets Truce | Nat Geo Wild

Thievery reigns supreme amongst the animals of the South African bush.

Lion rescues warthog from other lions

This 30 October 2018 video says about itself:

Male Lion Rescues Warthog From Other Lions

This male lion’s eagerness ruined the hunt for everyone!

Cobus Visser, 54-year-old engineer, captured this incredible “rescue” while driving on the river road in Marloth Park last week.

Cobus tells the story: “I was driving right next to the fence in Marloth Park, which was overlooking the Kruger National Park. I was looking out to see if I could spot any wildlife in the Crocodile River. We knew about the pride of lions that were staying and hunting in that area for a couple of days now, so when we saw a few cars stopped and people standing next to the fence looking towards the river, we were sure it was the pride of lions. We were right!

We first saw the male and after a while, we spotted the lionesses. They, at first, seemed calm and relaxed. But, suddenly, the females got up, lined themselves up, and the hunt started. Emotions were through the roof! Visiting the park for more than twenty years, I’ve seen the aftermath of kills a couple of times, but never a hunt and then timing it well enough to capture it on camera too! That was the best luck of all.

For me and my family, it was the best scene ever after all these years visiting the Kruger Park. The sighting ended with this WOW feeling. What we saw just now, we saw a hunt, a catch and this fun moment were the catch got away because of the dominance of the male reacting too early, trying to claim perhaps what was not his. To me, this was for sure one of, if not the, best sighting I have ever experienced after all the years visiting. When you drive in on Safari, drive slowly then you will see plenty.”

Lion tries to steal leopard’s food

This 23 October 2018 video says about itself:

Lion Tries Stealing Food from Leopard

Unbelievable sighting of a male lion trying his luck climbing up a tree to confront a leopard that’s busy eating his food

Earlier this month, Graeme Mitchley, 47-year-old Deputy Principle of Hurlyvale Primary School, was near Lower Sabie in the Kruger National Park, in South Africa, when he came across this action-packed sighting! Graeme tells the story:

“I had been watching a leopard across the other side of the river. He was stalking and definitely hunting. The bush was thick and I kept on losing visual. There was no point trying to photograph or video the sighting at this point. I thought I would just enjoy the scene. I noticed an impala herd nearby and I realised that they had grabbed his attention.

All of a sudden, there was dust everywhere and the impala herd scattered! There was a lot of alarm calling when I noticed the leopard hauling a bushbuck carcass into a nearby tree. I was in a bad position and realised I would have to move my car into a better position so I could start videoing the scene.

Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed movement in the river. Two male lions had also just seen the leopard haul the carcass into the tree and were dashing in that direction. Finally, I managed to start filming.

One of the lions decided he wanted the leopard’s kill and climbed the tree. It was amazing to witness, a first for me. He swung his left paw towards the leopard and kill, the leopard just managed to evade his clutches and went higher up. The branches were not that thick higher up, I was amazed at the leopard’s agility.

What also amazed me, was the fact that he was taking the kill with him, he wasn’t letting the lion have any! The lion soon realised he was in a no-win situation and decided to descend. He was in a very awkward position and it was quite funny to watch. The lion eventually got back on to the ground and both lions made their way down to the river. After realising all was clear the leopard moved further down the tree to continue his meal.

My heart was pumping and the adrenaline was flowing. Just to see a leopard or a lion is an amazing experience, but to witness the interaction between the two was mind-blowing. It was also the first time I had seen a lion climb into a tree to try and steal a leopard’s kill.

I drove away from the scene in second heaven, I was still pinching myself an hour later asking myself if I had actually watched that scene play out.

It is hard to predict what is going to happen in nature. All I can say is, be patient and see what unfolds. I patiently watched a leopard for half an hour stalking his prey, I didn’t know how the scene was going to play out. Other cars got bored and drove away. Little did anyone know there were also two lions hiding in the reeds! After seeing how the scene was going to unfold I got into position as quickly as possible and started filming. Always have your camera ready 🙂 Most people left the leopard sighting as he was far off and wasn’t always visible. When the lions made a dash for the tree, two other cars joined the scene. The people in the car next to me got very excited, you can hear them in the video. All the while I held my nerve and started filming. But my heart was going a hundred miles an hour. Even now I get so excited just thinking about the scene.”

Lion pride in South Africa, video

This video from South Africa says about itself:

Incredible Lion Sighting ! Lion Pride with 5 Males walking down the road in Kruger Park.

“I witnessed this incredible Lion Pride encounter when I was driving past Kumana dam on my way back to Satara camp site where I was spending 8 weeks alone camping in the park. As you can see in the clip I was completely alone and this was the first time I had witnessed anything like this and to see how big these beautiful big cats were up close was insane and a once in a lifetime moment! As you can tell by the commentary I didn’t know what to do? Start the engine and close the window or drive off? Im glad I froze and stayed and continued filming and my friends think my actions and commentary are hilarious!” – video owner, Steve Haley

This is just a short video to show how a pride of Lions strolled right past a tourist’s vehicle in South Africa’s Kruger Park. Amazing sighting and experience!

Elephants protect baby elephant while crossing road

This July 2018 video from South Africa says about itself:

This amazing footage shows how an elephant herd protects a baby elephant while crossing a road in Kruger Park.

“This happened on the Orpen Camp – Satara Camp road, the H7. I went camping by myself and on one hot afternoon i came across this family of elephants. I like watching elephants so I waited a round a bit watching them feed, until they finally crossed the road right in front of me.”

Video taker: Sian Green. Wonderful to witness the amazing bond elephants have for their young and other family members.

Saving an impala in South Africa

This 24 August 2018 video from South Africa says about itself:

After watching this stranded Impala struggle for 20 minutes to escape this man-made waterhole this kind and brave local man decided to intervene and save the life of this unfortunate buck in Kruger national park.