The count is done using a helicopter with a pilot and data capturer in the front two seats and an observer on each side in the rear two seats.
by Hamish Rodgers - Clearwater Kudu Lodge
Upon investigation we found a very relaxed male Cheetah feeding on a male impala kill on the camp lawn. We all watched him for some time.
Another accidental fire started on the Reserve and burnt roughly 6,100ha in 3 days before it could be contained under very difficult and dangerous conditions i.e. strong winds, low humidity and high temperatures.
The fire was reported early morning but due to the winds was difficult to stop and jumped numerous roads.
A Southern African Python (Python natalensis), formerly known as the Rock Python, caught and ingested a mature female Klipspringer (Oreotragus oretragus).
This butterfly was only known from one locality opposite Welgevonden at the base of Perdekop, but it has not been seen there for fifteen years.
Welgevonden has been blessed with good rains during November, December and January. So far this season 448mm has fallen. A few heavy showers at the end of January caused some of the access roads to the reserve to be closed mainly due to damaged or flooded bridges and washed away roads.
A number of exciting events have happened with the buffalo on Welgevonden. Going back a few years, in 2004 the buffalo on Welgevonden were diagnosed to possibly be infected with Corridor disease. The animals were captured and moved into quarantine. After establishing that it was this disease and determining the status, these animals were donated to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and moved to Mkuze Game Reserve.
The lambing and calving of a number of animal species appears to be far better than in the past few years with impala, wildebeest and zebra doing especially well. As reported previously one of the cheetah females introduced a few years ago from Phinda has given birth to 3 cubs and are proving very accommodating game drive stars.