We were blown away at the beginning of the week with no less than 40 lions on our reserve! We had three different prides on the reserve at once – the Mhangeni Pride, the Southern Pride and the Sparta Pride were all seen! They have all been moving around a lot, with the Majingilane males enjoying a meal which the Mhangeni Pride took down! We watched as the Sparta Pride stalked a herd of impala, which was all going well until some of the younger members failed to take their opportunity!
The Mhangeni Pride and Majingilane males have since moved off the property, but we are still having sightings of the Sparta Pride and Southern Pride. The Sparta Pride managed to take down an adult impala.
On the other hand, the Southern Pride are still on the lookout for their next meal.
News in on Tuesday is that the Charleston males have apparently been seen close to the southern section of our reserve. We hope they reunite with the Southern Pride shortly!
On the leopard front…
We have had regular sightings of Maxabeni to the East of Bush Lodge. He is still tirelessly marking his territory.
Little Bush female and her cub were found on a young duiker kill. Little Bush ascended a large rock and came down the face to enjoy the carcass right in front of our amazed guests.
The Kigelia female picked up on the scent of her mother, the Little Bush female, who was feasting on a duiker kill a few days earlier. She then proceeded to scent mark the area before moving off in search of a meal.
White Dam’s cub was seen well within his father’s territory, Maxabeni. He was quietly hiding away within the vegetation around the Msuthlu River just below Selati Camp and stayed put as he lounged around into the night…
General sightings have been off the charts again this week with some spectacular sightings and special moments out in the bush.
This elephant bull made his way towards us, and we obliged!
We watched as a European Roller broke an Elegant Grasshopper apart on a branch before devouring it.
A magnificent kudu bull stood as large as life beneath a looming Marula tree as he scanned the plains before him.
Two male Spotted Hyena were seen making their way along an open area, scent marking along the way.
On Sunday, all our lodges joined in on Earth Hour, and at Selati Camp, we took our guests back in time to when the camp didn’t have electricity. They spent the night dining in our Farmhouse Kitchen with candle light and kerosene lamps.
A Southern White-faced Owl that was not bothered by our presence at all as his attention was fixed in the undergrowth below looking for his next meal.
This relaxed Verreaux’s Eagle Owl posed just long enough for us to get some pictures of this nocturnal creature.
Until next time…
Blog by Wendy Claase
Images by Terry Ennever, Sheldon Hooper, Kevan Dobbie, Kyle Strautmann and Franscois Rosslee
Video by Jacques Smit
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