Malawi’s wildlife is emerging to embrace the milder temperatures.
Guests were enjoying another beautiful sunset and a 360-degree view of the picturesque Majete Wildlife Reserve from the aptly named View Spot, when lodge guide, Mali, spotted a pangolin next to the rocks. The pangolin is a heavily hunted and consequently endangered animal, so the guests were excited to see it lingering around. Needless to say, both the view and the sighting thrilled the guests!
On another occasion, while cruising along the river during a boat safari, guests heard an unusual bird call in the distance. Arriving at a sandy island, Dave and the guests disembarked from the boat and took a short walk to find a rare bird that Dave was sure he recognized by the call. Sure enough, there was a Pel’s Fishing Owl, perched on a branch in a sausage tree.
Not long after sighting the Pel’s, guests on a game drive around Nyala Loop caught two leopards in plain sight with their kill, an unfortunate waterbuck. The two were returning from a drink of water at the river’s edge, when they spotted the safari vehicle and quickly hid behind a rocky outcrop. As the vehicle approached, the two sprung off in a flash but not before the lodge’s intern, Felix, had taken a few snaps.
And just when they thought the sightings couldn’t get any better, guests were treated to an excellent rhino sighting. One guest, Erik Ju, took some fantastic images of a very grand-looking rhino. Rhino sightings always remind staff and guests of the importance of protecting these magnificent animals.