The Big and the Beautiful of the wild - 10 of SA's best bush sightings caught on camera


Cape Town - Latest Sightings, the smartphone app that helps travellers experience amazing wildlife sightings through real-time sighting alerts in game reserves around the world has released its top 10 wildlife video compilation of 2015.

Nadav Ossendryver, founder of Latest Sightings says, “These were selected from the videos submitted into our Film & Earn partnership program, and was based on the rarity of the sighting. The videos selected also evoke various types of emotions in the viewer.”

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Check out these astounding wildlife moments and breathtaking rare glimpses of animals in Africa below....

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10. Zebra Escapes the Jaws of 2 Crocodiles

Videographer Jethro Manuel captured this particular footage while celebrating his dad's 60th birthday in the Kruger National Park.The group were enjoying their safari drive when they stopped at Sunset Dam, approximately 09:00 am in the morning, 2 km from the Kruger's Lower Sabie rest camp.

What started off as peaceful morning suddenly turned into pandemonium as a herd of zebra scattered from their drinking spot at the water... 

Manuel spotted 1 zebra still in the depths of the water with it's left leg held by the jaws of a crocodile. Jethro continued to film. This particular zebra was however not giving up without a fight and manages to get away from the crunch... 

9. Buffaloes Stop 3 Male Lions From Killing Another Lion

This harrowing video shows the raw power of male lions and the guts and strength of an adult buffalo. Filmed by Mike at Mala Mala in the Greater Kruger National Park, three males lions from one coalition are seen attacking a single unrelated male lion.

This type of fighting is typical especially, in a place like the Kruger National Park where there is a high concentration of male lions competing for territory and females, explains Latest Sightings. However, it is not very common for one to see it happening in broad daylight.

The bellow the lion was making got the attention of the herd of buffalo as it sounded like another buffalo calling out for help. The 'helping' manouver is fairly common for buffalos but only on closer inspection did they realise it wasn’t another buffalo! 

Instinctively the buffaloes then tried to neutralise a now potential threat! In this case, the injured male.

8. Surprise Leopard Hunt in Front of Safari Vehicle Caught on Camera

This video shot by Su-Jin Wong as a safari guests in a vehicle experience a rare hunt, only metres away. After losing the leopard  they'd been following, the ranger slowed the vehicle down while a flock of guinea fowl began dispersing from the road.

Shortly after, the ranger slammed on the breaks and a leopard is seen flying through the air - trying to catch a guinea fowl. 

7. Hippo Kills an Impala That's Stuck in Mud After Lions Chased it

This video was shot at Nsemani Dam in the Kruger National Park by Marelise. It shows an impala being chased into the muddy water by lions.

You soon realise there is another contender in the game - and bigger and stronger hippopotamus that saves the day for the impala. 

“A yin-yang feeling”, is how Marc Lindsay Rae, head of the specialist safari division at Africa Direct describes this sighting. Adrenalin filled with a sad outcome. Hippo’s have been known to attack crocodiles, a wide variety of animals, and even boats.

This is because they view them as a threat to their environment. The animals have become known for their protective nature, especially the females with offspring - giving the animal a misunderstood reputation as being “the most aggressive animal”.

Baring in mind that they normally only do what they are instinctively programmed to do - the behaviour in the clip is not territorial behaviour, as  males are responsible for holding the territory, and the hippo involved is clearly a female and youngster, explains Latest Sightings.

6. Epic Fight: Lions Attack a Crocodile (2 sets of fighting)

The most intense lion and crocodile fight you will ever see were filmed in Kenya by Craig.

The crocodile is seen focussed on facing the lions - if he had to turn his back on them they would have been all over him, and it would have been game over, explains Latest Sightings.

Ultimately it becomes a numbers game and whichever predator has the most numbers, will be successful in their kill.

5. Herd of Elephants Help an Elephant Calf After Collapsing in the Road

This video was taken by Juanita Kruger while travelling on the H1-2, approximately 500 metres before the H12 turn-off in the Skukuza area of the Kruger National Park. The last thing Kruger was expecting was for an elephant calf to collapse before her vehicle.

Juanita says her first thought was that "it was too weak to continue or maybe dehydrated. But as it was an extremely cool, overcast and drizzly morning, I had to rule that out.”

It struck her that the elephant may be ill, and went on to chat to elephant fanatic and guide Conrad Cramer who explained that the fact that the calf was moving fine before it collapsed is a sign that is was fine.

Elephant calves, like all other toddlers, are known to throw tantrums when the herd is baby wants to suckle. Elephants are tactile creatures hence the display of stroking, prodding and pushing of the young elephant. 

Another fact that makes Conrad think the elephant was not ill is that he moves off okay into the thickets and is seen feeding.

4. Elephant Stabs and Kills Buffalo

This video by Ros Stansell was taken when she and her party arrived at the intersection of the H1-6 and S48 - simply because there was a large herd of elephants.

There was trumpeting and after 2 elephant cows with their calves charged a buffalo calf. Ros says, 'The one elephant cow knocked the buffalo to the ground.

The two cows then reversed away, all the time facing the buffalo. There was no sign of any other buffalo in the area. The buffalo remained crouched on the ground for a minute or two and then slowly got to its feet and took a few steps away from the elephants.

Then the elephant charged again!' The bizarre behaviour may be because there were predators around, which causes elephants to get very aggressive. 

3. Lioness Reunites With Her Pride After Being Separated For Days

This video by Edrich, is an extremely heart-warming scene of a lioness reuniting with her pride after being separated from them for a few days.

It was shot on the S114 near Skukuza in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Latest Sightings believe the Lioness probably got separated from her pride during a hunt or an encounter with another pride. At the beginning of the clip, the lioness is calling for her pride - a great example of instinctive behaviour. 

When the pride returns, she approaches them with caution, ensuring it is in fact her pride...

2. Wild Dogs Hunt & Kill Pregnant Impala

This fascinating video of wild dogs using tactics to hunt a pregnant impala is graphic and one can actually see the baby coming out of the mother's stomach as the wild dogs eat.

Wild dogs don’t lose interest easily and often use the tactic of tiring out their prey. In this case, they knew it was only a matter of time until the momma impala tried to get out of the water, rather than drown.

You see that one of the adult dogs leaves the scene to fetch the pups. Pups at this young age are not helpful in the hunt itself and is a case of providing food for them…

1. Baby Elephant Calf vs Birds

Video by Susan J Webb, of this little elephant who captured the hearts of many from around the globe!

By nature, calves are curious and take the time to go and investigate. Therefore, it is not surprising that the calf left the herd with the abundance of swifts flying around feeding on small insects.

Due to a calf's fairly underdeveloped brain, it is very much like a blank canvas which must be moulded over the upcoming years, explains Latest Sightings experts. This opens a world of possibilities for complex learning, social development, and the formation of culture.

The adorable, heart-warming, rare sighting is a unique interaction to witness in the wild. 

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