Buffalo: The movement of buffalo has remained in an east-west pattern along the central area of the concession, and a large herd of around five hundred buffalo regularly cross south over our northern boundary. We often see other plains game like wildebeest and zebra trailing behind the herds as they make their daily trip towards the water.
Leopards: The Mahlangulene female was found in the northern parts of the concession resting in a tree. She had killed a female impala and unfortunately lost her kill to hyenas as she had left the carcass at the base of a tree. The Xhikelengane female was seen on a few occasions on our western boundary patrolling her territory. We also had great views of the Ndlovu male and a few unknown leopards.
Cheetahs: The female cheetah and her four cubs have been the highlight for many of our guests. The cubs are becoming more adventurous. We spent many hours watching them chasing each other in and around trees. The cubs still have long fur on their backs that help to camouflage them. The mother had to move her cubs away from the central depression area where they were spending most of their time, as the Shishangaan male lions dominated the area for a few days.
Elephants: After a few millimetres of rain we watched as a breeding herd of twenty-five elephant carefully walked across the Dumbana rocks. They skilfully sucked up the fresh rainwater that was trapped in the rocky hollows. After quenching their thirst, the herd moved off into the grassland. On our trips to and from the airstrip we have seen big bull elephants feeding in the plains.
Lions: The Shishangaan males have been roaming in the central and northern parts of the concession. They were seen feeding on a giraffe carcass for a few days and we had great views of them chasing vultures away from the kill. The Shishangaan females and cubs are spending a lot of time near the diminishing waterholes. The females and cubs have full bellies and seem to be preying mostly on kudu and waterbuck. They were also seen trying to steal an impala kill from two leopards. The leopards were trapped in the upper branches of the tree until the lions lost interest and moved off. Both the Xhirombe pride and the Collared pride were also seen this month along the northern and eastern boundaries of the concession.
Hyenas: Both the H6 clan and the Nyokene clan were viewed this month.The cubs at the Nyokene den-site are usually seen looking out from the entrance to their cave. The H6 clan has been very active and we have been privileged to watch the mother hyena suckle her cubs. The older cubs enjoy playing and chasing each other around the entrance to the den-site in the late afternoons.