Cape Hunting Dogs prey on an impala

Two of the dogs gripped the impala - Noldy Nolden

Two of the dogs gripped the impala - Noldy Nolden

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.

The rest of the pack was quick to arrive - Noldy Nolden

The rest of the pack was quick to arrive - Noldy Nolden

The dogs swamped the antelope - Noldy Nolden

The dogs swamped the antelope - Noldy Nolden

The impala struggled to stay on its feet - Noldy Nolden

The impala struggled to stay on its feet - Noldy Nolden

The impala had no chance of escape - Noldy Nolden

The impala had no chance of escape - Noldy Nolden

The ram was eventually taken down - Noldy Nolden

The ram was eventually taken down - Noldy Nolden

The dogs fed off the antelope at quick speed - Noldy Nolden

The dogs fed off the antelope at great speed - Noldy Nolden

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!

Meanwhile, two rhino bulls were engaged in a vicious fight as seen in the background - Noldy Nolden

Meanwhile, two rhino bulls were engaged in a vicious fight as seen in the distance - Noldy Nolden

The bulls chased each other in every direction - Noldy Nolden

The bulls charged after each other - Noldy Nolden

At one stage the bulls continued their battle in the dam - Noldy Nolden

At one stage the bulls continued their battle in the dam - Noldy Nolden

Rhinos engaged in battle - Noldy Nolden

Rhinos engaged in battle - Noldy Nolden

The less mature bull was clearly worse off - Noldy Nolden

The less mature bull was clearly the worse off of the two - Noldy Nolden

Noldy Nolden

Ranger – MalaMala Game Reserve

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