Impala lambs are generally born around the same time, in the rainy season when everything is green and grazing is abundant. Rather than staying exclusively with their mother, the lambs stay together in creches overseen by a few females who keep an eye out for their well-being.
One of the great things of visiting Pilanesberg at this time of the year is that there is an abundance of baby animals, like this young impala lying in the grass. I’m sure the big cats are enjoying it too, though…
A male impala looking up from his grazing. They may be common animals to find on a gamedrive, but yet there is beauty in them too!
The Kori Bustard is a huge, almost prehistoric-looking bird. It’s the heaviest bird in Africa and possibly the world that still is able to fly. However, it spends most of its time on the ground, searching for lizards, insects, or even berries. The impala in the photo has nothing to fear from the kori bustard, although it did feel the need to watch it pass.
A group of impalas all looking in the same direction. We do too. Every now and then one snorts. We try to see what they are seeing, hearing or smelling. Then they all turn and run away. Something must have been there … but unfortunately in the thick bush we were unable to find out what. Another “invisible leopard” sighting…
A male impala clearing a stream with a majestic jump!
Photo taken in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
The humble impala is one of the most common animals one might encounter on a safari game drive. While first-time visitors may be reasonable impressed by the impalas’ soft eyes and the males’ horns, those who have been on safari more often generally just pass them by. Impalas are ubiquitous, they are everywhere – and like everything that is considered ‘normal’, they lose some of their allure.
I often pass the impalas by too. But I’m happy that on this occasion I didn’t. Because this is a majestic impala, with impressive horns, completely at ease while eating his grass. He looks at us but knows that here, today, he is the king of this grassy field.
Photo taken in Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa