Highlights of the week
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Lions: the Fourways pride provided us with an action packed sighting as we watched them bring down a kudu bull. 5 leopards: the Bicycle Crossing male was viewed on the eastern bank of the Sand River opposite Rattray’s Camp. The Kikilzei female and her 2 cubs were near Bicycle Crossing. The Island female was also close to Main Camp. A herd of buffalo as well as many elephant sightings were recorded.
August 2nd. Lions: 2 of the Gowrie males were found in the north looking keen on a herd of buffalo. The 2 Matshapiri males were viewed near Matshapiri Open Area. 6 leopards: the Bicycle Crossing male and the Treehouse male exchanged pleasantries just south of Rattray’s Camp. The Kikilezi female was viewed with her 2 cubs close to Main Camp. The DOKF 3:3 was found with a bushbuck kill. Cheetah: the 2 brothers were viewed in the northeast. A honey badger was also seen today.Many herds of elephants and buffalo sightings were recorded on both days.
August 1st. Lions: the Eyrefield pride were in the central parts of Flockfield. 4 leopards: the Island female stumbled upon a buffalo bull carcass in the Sand River south of Sand Pit Crossing but her time there was short-lived as 5 hyenas descended on the free meal. The Bicycle Crossing male was at Lion Waterhole. Both cubs of the Kikilezi female were viewed northwest of Main Camp. The hyena den site has also been providing us with regular sightings and today 4 adults and 4 youngsters were viewed there.
July 31st. 2 lion sightings: the 3 Styx lionesses and their 8 cubs are still feeding off their buffalo kill from yesterday. 1 of the Clarendon males was viewed in Marthly. 5 leopards: we watched the Kikilezi female kill a young nyala in the Sand River near Elephant Rock- she then dragged it some distance and joined up with her 2 cubs. The DOKF 3:3 was hunting impala near Main Camp. The Matshapiri female was seen again after a long absence! Cape hunting dogs: the pack of 3 were found at our airstrip. Countless elephants were viewed today as well as a few buffalo bull sightings.
July 30th. Lions: the Eyrefield pride and their 4 cubs were north of Styx Rocks. The Styx pride and their 8 cubs were feeding off a new buffalo kill in the northeast. 3 leopards: the unidentified male with the 3:3 spot pattern was viewed near Mlowathi Dam again. Both cubs of the Kikilezi female were seen near Bicycle Crossing. A very relaxed serval was also viewed this evening. Many buffalo and elephants were seen on both days.
July 29th. Lions: the 3 Styx lionesses and their 8 cubs were still feeding off their 2 buffalo kills in the northeast. 7 leopards: the Treehouse male was with the Kikilezi female and her 2 cubs northwest of Main Camp. An unidentified young male with a 3:3 spot pattern was viewed near Mlowathi Dam. The Emsagweni female and her cub were at Buffalo Pans.
July 28th. Lions: the 3 Styx lionesses and their 8 cubs are feeding off a 2 sub adult buffalo kills in the northeast. 5 leopards: the Kikilezi female and her 2 cubs are still feeding off their impala kill but today they weren’t alone- the DOKF 3:3 as well as a hyena have joined the sighting. Interestingly, the cubs were viewed laying next their older sister. The Bicycle Crossing male was seen in central Flockfield. 2 herds of buffalo and many elephants were also viewed today.
July 27th. Lions: the 2 Matshapiri males were on the eastern bank of the Sand River just north of Rattray’s Camp. 7 leopards: the Island female had a bushbuck kill south of Main Camp. The Kikilezi female and her two were found with an impala kill in Marthly. The Bicycle Crossing male was still feeding on his warthog kill at Charleston North from the day before and the 2 unidentified male leopards were still nearby- 2 hippos were also viewed fighting in that area. A few buffalo bulls as well as some elephant herds were viewed.