A great morning of game viewing!

Manyelethi Male in a familiar morning post - Matt Nolden

Manyelethi Male in a familiar morning pose - Matt Nolden

We set out early on this wintery morning. Our first sighting was of the Manyelethi Male with three canines crossing the Sand River near MalaMala Main Camp.

Crossing the Sand River towards the Old Airstrip - Matt Nolden

Crossing the Sand River towards the Old Airstrip - Matt Nolden

After a short continental breakfast in the bush, we headed off to watch the Dudley female and Bicycle Crossing male, who were both on bush buck kills within a hundred metres of each other.

Dudley female descending from the tree where the kill was located - Matt Nolden

Dudley female descending from the tree where the kill was located - Matt Nolden

Dudley female was very aware of the close presence of the Bicycle Crossing Male - Matt Nolden

Dudley female was very aware of the close presence of the Bicycle Crossing Male - Matt Nolden

Dudley femal feeding on the remains of the male bushbuck carcass - Matt Nolden

Dudley female feeding on the remains of the male bush buck carcass. (There was no sign of her cub) - Matt Nolden

Bicycle Crossing Male feeding off the remains of the female bushbuck carcass - Matt Nolden

Bicycle Crossing Male feeding off the remains of the female bush buck carcass - Matt Nolden

Bicycle Crossing male descending from the tree - Matt Nolden

Bicycle Crossing male descending from the tree - Matt Nolden

Later on, four young male lions were found chasing zebra around the Windmill. The four lions have been seen a few times this year – the last sighting being over a month ago. They were chased back into the south by the Manyelethi males. Other sightings included the presence of a lioness with the four young males. It will be interesting to follow the movements of this up and coming coalition.

Four young males seen at the Windmill - Matt Meyer

Four young males were seen at the Windmill - Matt Meyer

Young male at the Windmill - Matt Nolden

Young male at the Windmill - Matt Meyer

Young male lion seen at the Windmill - Matt Nolden

Young male lion seen at the Windmill - Matt Meyer

Two of the four young male lions seen at the Windmill - Matt Nolden

Two of the four young male lions seen at the Windmill - Matt Meyer

Diligent tracking led to an interesting morning. How lucky we are to be in the bush here at Malamala Game Reserve!

Matt Nolden

Ranger – MalaMala Game Reserve

3 thoughts on “A great morning of game viewing!

  1. Yes you certainly are lucky..I am just back from my third chemotherapy drip so really do envy you your mornings viewing. Thankfully I can follow you on the website and keep up to date with what I experienced this march with you all at Mala Mala.

  2. Sorry to hear, Margery. We hope that our game updates somehow bring a little light relief. Wishing you good health 🙂

  3. Any sign of the three young lion cubs who nearly got themselves killed by a leopard in march/april? I was with Jono.
    I have seen the video of their river escapade, but since then nothing.
    Let’s hope it’s no news good news!
    Thanks for the superb photos once again these cats are so inspiring for our attitude towards life.

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