The Mlowathi River system has traditionally been a hotspot for major action. It falls within the core territory of the Styx Pride of lions, and it is here that safari-goers are likely to see at lease one of the six leopards whose territories overlap in the area! The open plains abound with game, which explains why predators are frequently seen here. On one particular evening evening the Airstrip male leopard was on patrol nearby, while the Styx Pride rested within close range.
A few days ago this region once again produced the goods. As we arrived at the dam we could see huge numbers of impala scattering across the plains. There could only be one species of predator responsible for causing such mayhem. Wild dogs! It was not long after our arrival that the dogs managed to bring down an adult impala ram. Two of the canines had a firm grip on the impala, while the rest of the pack ran in to further limit the impala’s chances of escape. From what we could tell, there were five adults in the pack and three youngsters. They made short work of finishing off their meal.
While the pack was feeding on their prey, we were alerted to frantic howls coming from the west. Two large rhino bulls were quarreling, and aggressively attacking one another. No doubt this was a territorial dispute! The two bulls stormed wildly through the bush, and at one stage even took their battle into the dam!
Ranger – MalaMala Game Reserve