Dazzling in the Dust

With the Kruger National Park in the drought’s firm grip, we weren’t surprised that the majority of our sightings of Plains Zebra during our recent winter visit to the Satara and Mopani areas were near or at some of the artificial water holes maintained by the Park’s staff. The most spectacular congregations were at the Mooiplaas waterhole, where hundreds of zebras (if not more) milled around the water during the midday hours, kicking up dust (often further exacerbated by strong winds) and getting on each other’s nerves.

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19 thoughts on “Dazzling in the Dust

  1. Pingback: Herbivore Haven | de Wets Wild

    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thanks Sylvia! These artificial waterholes will be the salvation of many of the animals, especially where they ‘ve been drilled in areas that still offers sufficient grazing.

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  2. perdebytjie

    Pragtige foto’s,veral die zebras in die stof…lyk soos in die Kgalagadi!Ek dink ons gaan binnekort weer ‘n goeie reënseisoen binne.Die Bybel praat nie verniet van sewe maer en sewe vet jare nie…daardie mense het dit al opgemerk dat daar siklusse is.

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  3. scrapydo2.wordpress.com

    Sjoe maar dis droog. Gelukkig help die boorgate en waterbakke darem vir die dors maar nie vir die honger nie. Wys ook hoe goed die natuur saamwerk om die swakkes uit te haal en net die sterkes oorleef(dis nou die roofdiere wat maai onder die oorbevolking van bokke)

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  4. huminnature

    This is so saddening but your photography is beautiful. Thank you for writing about the beautiful sights, regardless how much they’re struggling. I think some people only like hearing about animals and nature when it’s a positive, uplifting story, and I appreciate your directive to talk about the struggles too! Thank you 🙂

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      There’s always two sides to the coin, isn’t there? While drought is a time of extreme struggle for the herbivores, the predators are now having a royal time of it and finding it easy to raise their young. We’ll be posting about our predator encounters during this Kruger winter visit soon.

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment, and welcome here at de Wets Wild!

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      I’m afraid the hippos would still be having a very hard time of it, Lois, as the early rains – if they even do arrive – are still 2 to 3 months away, and then it will take a while more for the grazing to recover.

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