MalaMala highlights of the week

MalaMala highlights of the week
7 February: Lions: the 2 Matshapiri males were with all 3 Eyrefield lionesses and the 2 oldest cubs at Confluence Crossing and we watched them kill a bushbuck. Leopards: the Treehouse male is still feeding off the remains of an impala kill and although many hyena were present the Tamboti was not. The DOKF 3:3 was also seen. A couple herds of elephants were seen as well as some buffalo bulls. 6 February:¬†Lions: the Eyrefield lionesses and their cubs were seen in front of Rattray’s Camp yet again. Leopards: the Treehouse male and the Tamboti female are still mating- there was extra excitement at...
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Weekly sightings: 18 – 24 Jan

Weekly sightings: 18 – 24 Jan
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MalaMala highlights of the week

MalaMala highlights of the week
January 31st. Lions: the 5 members of the Marthly pride were found close to Main Camp again this morning- they killed an impala in the Sand River around noon. The other 2 lionesses from the Marthly pride were seen about 700m away. 2 Matshapiri males, 3 Eyrefield lionesses and 4 cubs were in front of Rattray’s Camp. 1 Gowrie male was seen in the north east. Leopards: the Treehouse male had an impala kill up a tree directly above the Ngoboswaan Breakfast Spot. The Kikilezi female was north of West Street Bridge. The Tamboti female walked in front of Main Camp. The Son of the Ostrich Koppies female...
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Leopard warfare

Leopard warfare
Text, photographs, and video: James Moodie   It is without a doubt that one of the major attractions that MalaMala Game Reserve has to offer are the big cat sightings we have on a daily basis, in particular the leopards. Seeing these elusive predators doing as they please in their natural surroundings is in itself one of the greatest privileges anyone can ask for, yet the ability to get intimate with these cats and study their habits without much attention being paid to us, makes the experience that much more amazing. Particularly when they are performing their instinctual tasks that make them so...
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The Sand River flows once again

The Sand River flows once again
Text: David Landey | Photographs: Jonathan Short | Video: Tim Jansen van Vuuren Saying the last few months have been dry at MalaMala, almost feels like an understatement. Over the last year, we have received 224 mm (8.8 inches) of rain Рless than half of the average annual rainfall usually experienced in the area. As a result, the resources which are essential to life Рnamely food and water, are becoming less and less common. Fortunately, the mighty Sand River flows through MalaMala, providing a fairly consistent source of water for the animals. However, as the drought continued, the...
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Gruelling 90 minute battle

Gruelling 90 minute battle
Text and photographs: James Moodie After yesterday and last night’s rain, the animals seemed to be rather scarce during the morning drive on 17th January. For the first few hours of the drive, apart from the odd sleeping lions or the scattered herds of elephant calling around the corners of the Northern territories, very little was called in on the radio. Just as it was about time to start returning back to camp for some much needed coffee and breakfast, some rangers called in what heard like a buffalo in distress just south of the Main Camp. Quickly the rangers responded and shot out to...
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