A day in Pilanesberg: Hour 9

It’s 2pm when we see our first warthogs for the day at the junction of Tau Link with Tshwene Drive. These plucky pigs are usually a common sight in the Pilanesberg National Park but as they do not like cold or wet weather they probably stayed in their burrows for as long as they could before being forced to venture out in search of food. A kori bustard striding the plains near Mankwe Dam is another unexpected and very welcome sight. At the dam itself, seen from the aptly named Hippo Loop, the chubby denizens of the water have taken advantage of the overcast conditions to start grazing early, while an elephant munches leisurely on a tree at the side of the road.

Heading onwards again we opt to go see what’s happening at Mavuso’s carcass, and find that the black-backed jackals and brown hyena are still in attendance at the feast.

If you’d like to follow along as we explore the Pilanesberg, a map may come in handy (for a large format version click here)

Tau Link to Mankwe Way

If you need to catch up on our drive through the Pilanesberg National Park, you can read all the previous posts here.

To be continued tomorrow.

12 thoughts on “A day in Pilanesberg: Hour 9

  1. H.J. for avian101

    It’s amazing how fast the scavenges have devoured the Mavuso’s carcass! Nothing goes to waste in the African jungle. Good post, D. 🙂

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  2. anne leueen

    Warthogs! When we were in Kenya with both our children our son ,who was only 12 at the time, was fascinated with the warthogs. He said they were his favorite animals in Kenya. I am enjoying your photos of this trip.

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