WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS #65
Last week the lions had the spotlight in the weekly highlights but this week our leopards were running the show.
Although most of the sightings were only from a few individuals, watching a leopard move through the bush with stealth and each step taken with precision is an amazing sight no matter if it’s the same individual from the morning or day before. The young male cub and his sister were regulars this week and made up majority of our leopard sightings. We are very happy with the progress the young female is making in getting her relaxed with the presence of a safari vehicle, good things take time.
Faka Nchovela was seen multiple times with and without her 2 little cubs. She is still hiding them very well and have mostly chosen almost inaccessible areas, which for the survival of the cubs is great. I have not managed to get any photos of the two cubs yet but hopefully in the near future. She is actively hunting and we were able to follow her on a few occasions as she set out looking for another meal.
Chavaluthu had a bit of a scare during the week as he got chased around and up a tree by a pack of about 10 wild dogs. Luckily he managed to get to safety quick enough and the dogs soon lost interest and moved on. He spent about a day and a half at an impala kill that he stashed in a marula tree.
The Kudyela pride with their cubs and only two of the Machaton males were seen during the week. One particular morning we found the pride resting and sleeping off their full bellies, but not all of the females and cubs had eaten as it was clear they had no blood and no full bellies.
A herd of buffalo have been happily enjoying the grazing opportunities and have been focusing around a particular water point for the most part of the week.