The park has put in many waterholes with water from boreholes so even if the rivers dry up completely, there are still places to have a drink and slack that thirst.
At this time of year, all there is to eat are innutritious leaves and many of the buck species get mange. As soon as it rains and the new leaves and grass starts coming out, their coats will slowly recover. This is a female Bushbuck and one of the lovely species of buck we have. We have no deer species in SA.
When looking for the big cats, the Impala will give you a good indication if there are any around. They will be feeding and all of a sudden run in a group to one place and stand staring. You can be sure they are looking at a lion, leopard or cheetah even if your eye cannot see it.
This is the once might Olifants (Elephants) River. You can see how broad it used to be. Now with factories and farm pumping water out of it along its course, there is very little left except for this small stream. How sad!!
In winter, although this looks like a very dry riverbed, there is still a certain amount of underground water. Elephants are very good at digging for it and will use their trunks and feet to do this. Once the hole is dug it fills with water and when they have finished drinking, other animals make good use of them too.
Kudu are one of our larger species of buck, the males having horns which reach to 180cm (70 inches). As soon as new shoots appear, they are enjoyed by them and all the other animals.