Buffalo: A breeding herd of around fifty buffalo have been seen regularly in the central region of the concession, moving to and from the eastern and western boundaries in search of water. A few bachelor herds have also been seen trailing behind the breeding herd or at rest near the last remaining water points.
Leopards: The N’wanetsi male has been seen on ten occasions this month. He spends most of his time along the riverine vegetation of the N’wanetsi River, waiting for animals to come down and drink at one of the last remaining pools just north of the lodges. The Xhikelengane female was seen regularly this month and spent most of her time on the western half of the concession. We had great views of her feeding on an impala carcass. The Mahlangulene female has been keeping a leopard-low profile, but guests enjoyed one sighting of her male cub mid-month.
Cheetahs: Cheetah sightings have been on the increase this month. Two sub-adult male cheetahs were seen on eight different occasions, using the central area as their new hunting ground. We were also thrilled and privileged to see a mother and four newborn cubs in the north-western part of our concession.
Elephants: The elephants have been concentrated along the N’wanetsi River feeding on the green riverine vegetation. This photo was taken of a young bull elephant scratching off dried mud from his rear end, to remove ticks and other ecto-parasites. The elephants can regularly be seen taking mud baths during the heat of the day to try and relieve them from the hot and dry conditions we’re experiencing.
Lions: The lion viewing has been spectacular! The Shishangaan females and youngsters have regularly been seen near the lodges. Their hunting efforts have been very successful and we often came across them feeding on animals that they managed to ambush near the water’s edge. The Shishangaan males have remained further north in the concession mating with the Mountain pride females. The Xhirombe pride was only seen on one occasion, in the east towards our boundary with Mozambique.
Hyenas: There’s a new spotted hyena den near camp. The (H6) clan members, including their cubs are extremely relaxed with vehicles and we are able to get great views of the young ones suckling and playing. The youngest cubs are still dark brown in colour and should start developing a spotted coat around four months of age. The Nyokene clan were seen regularly towards the beginning of the month. The Nyokene cubs are growing up quickly and becoming more inquisitive.