This week Mzansi Life profiles the nDzuti Safari Camp bustling waterhole situated in the Private Nature Reserve of Klaserie. The bustling waterhole attracts a collection of species.
Predators appear like apparitions out of the thicket and plains game gingerly approach the crocodile infested waters of the main dam. Contented birds and cliques of antelope make up a myriad of colour and contribute to the hub of wildlife excitement that surrounds the waterhole.
The past few months at nDzuti Safari Camp have proved to be interesting in terms of lion sightings. From the beginning of the year, there have been sporadic sightings of the River pride female lioness and a rogue lion who we believe killed the dominant leader of the River pride.
Recently, the lioness has been spotted with another female. The lion sightings within the immediate area have become more regular. Judy, the camp owner, reports that the small waterhole in front of the camp has become a thriving hub for jackals, civet cats and hyena.
The wooden deck at nDzuti is the ideal spot to watch the smaller carnivore species and nocturnal scavengers replenish their thirst at the waterhole. The main dam/waterhole is a drawcard for larger predators and the big five.
Game drives, which happen twice a day, always happen in the area around the dam and follow the course of the Klaserie River. This is the perfect location to observe breeding herds of elephant and buffalo, which need to drink on a daily basis.
There are over 264 bird species in the area and the dam is frequented by an array of wading birds. Spoonbills seem to dominate the dam and often scare off the more timid giraffe herds which amble down to shore to drink.
Hippos and crocodiles are always a delight to see and there are often turf wars going on between those that threaten the territorial hippos domain. Impala are very weary of going to close to shore – the mighty jaws of the crocodile are an ever present fear among plains game.