African Elephant (Loxodanta Africana)

We at Mkuze Falls are happy to announce the birth of four elephant babies. A single calf, weighing about 120kg, is born after a 22-month gestation period. Normally calves are dropped throughout the year and most of our mature cows are pregnant. Cows can give birth every 3 to 4 years.

The elephant calf in this picture is about 6 days old

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

A cheetah is normally seen in pairs or in small family parties consisting of a female and her dependent cubs. Males move singly or in small batchelor groups of related animals. Their litter size may vary between 1 and 5 cubs (usually 3-4). After a gestation period of 3,5 months, the cubs are normally hidden for 6 to 8 weeks. The cubs in this picture are probably 10 weeks old.




Southern Bald Ibis (Geronticus calvus)

This uncommon resident is endemic to South Africa and can be found in flocks of up to a hundred birds.It forages by probing and turning over dung and leaves and will eat anything from insects, snails, worms to small mammals and birds, as well as carrion. Here at Mkuze Falls we are proud of our breeding pair which nests at the waterfall just opposite our Lodge. This season they have been able to raise two chicks and they seem to be doing well as they spent most of their days feeding on and around the airstrip.


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