MalaMala highlights of the week

Photo by ranger Pieter van Wyk ‪#‎itsallaboutthewildlife‬

Photo by ranger Pieter van Wyk ‪#‎itsallaboutthewildlife‬

 

10  January: Only 3 vehicles were out on our 30,000 acre property but the lads did well… 4 lion sightings: the 2 Gowrie males are still feeding off their buffalo kill in front of Main Camp. 3 Eyrefield lionesses and the 2 older cubs were in front of Rattray’s Camp. 3 sub adults from the Marthly pride were seen on the western bank. The tailless lioness was seen about 1km away from them. 2 leopards: the Airstrip male and the Island female were viewed. A large herd of buffalo drank at West Street Bridge and there were multiple elephant sightings. We finally got a little bit of rain too!

 

9 January: 5 lion sightings: 2 Gowrie males are still feeding off their buffalo kill in front of Main Camp. 2 Clarendon males and 2 Marthly lionesses are not too far away from them. 2 Matshapiri males, 3 Eyrefield lionesses and the 2 older cubs were seen- the younger litter was heard nearby. 1 Fourways lioness and 1 cub were on the remains of a buffalo kill. The Matshapiri lionesses was also seen. 3 leopards: The Kikilezi female is still recovering from her fight with the Tamboti female. The Airstrip male and the DOKF 3:3 were also seen. Cape hunting dogs: a pack of 13 was viewed just west of our Airstrip. 2 herds of buffalo as well as many elephant sightings.

 

8 January: Lions vs buffalo interactions continue to intensify with yet another kill being witnessed this morning. 3 lion sightings: 2 Gowrie males brought down a buffalo in front of Main Camp. The Marthly pride were seen not far away but made a speedy getaway when they noticed the 2 male imposters. The 2 Matshapiri males, 3 Eyrefield lionesses and 2 cubs were at Dudley Crossing. 3 leopards: the Airstrip male, Treehouse male and DOKF 3:3 were seen. Cheetah: the brothers were at Clarendon with a buffalo calf kill! 3 herds of buffalo were viewed as well as many elephant sightings.

 

7 January: Today was a scorching 42 degrees and the game viewing started off hot too with yet another sighting of lion bringing down buffalo. 4 lion sightings: one of the Eyrefield lionesses brought down a young buffalo early this morning- the 2 Matshapiri males were in the general area as well. The Charleston lioness and her 2 cubs were seen in the south. 3 Styx lionesses were in the lower reaches of the Mlowthi River and all 5 Gowrie males were at Mlowathi Dam. They met up with the Styx pride this evening and chased them around for a bit. 3 leopards: DOKF 3:3 is on an impala lamb kill. 2 unidentified young females were seen separately in the north. A pack of cape hunting dogs were seen in the south west. 3 herds of buffalo and many elephant sightings.

 

6 January: Lions: We witnessed another kill as the Eyrefield pride and Matshapiri males caught a young buffalo- the mother of the older cubs also moved her youngsters to a new den in that area. The 6 members of the Fourways pride are still feeding off their buffalo kill. The 3 Styx lionesses were seen along the Mlowathi River. The unidentified young male lion is still feeding off his buffalo kill at Charleston North. Leopards: the Airstrip male, Tamboti female and Island female had somewhat of a hostile reunion north of Main Camp. A herd of 13 Sable antelope came to drink in front of Rattray’s Camp and a lone bull was seen close to the Causeway. 3 herds of buffalo were viewed as well as many elephants.

 

5 January: Another magical MalaMala 7 day! 5 lion sightings: We were treated to another action packed lion sighting today that involved the 3 members of the Matshapiri pride, 2 of the Eyrefield pride and a herd of buffalo in the Sand River. The 2 Fourways lionesses were found with there 4 new cubs and a buffalo carcass. A young male lion killed a buffalo calf at Charleston North and another young male was seen in the south. Leopards: the Airstrip male was the only leopard seen today. Cheetah: the 2 brothers were at Clarendon. Cape hunting dogs: a pack was seen in the south western parts of our property. 4 buffalo herds and many elephant sightings.

 

4 January: 5 lion sightings: We got our first good look at the newest cubs of the Eyrefield pride as their mother moved them to a new den with the 2 Matshapiri males standing guard. The Matshapiri lioness was about 1km from them. The other lactating Eyrefield lioness was seen away from her 2 cubs. 2 Clarendon males and 3 Marthly lionesses were feeding off the remains of their buffalo kill. 3 Styx lionesses were also viewed in the north. 2 leopards sightings: the Treehouse male killed a young impala. The Tamboti female was close to Main Camp. 2 herds of buffalo were viewed as well as many elephants.

 

3 January: 7 lion sightings: 2 Marthly lionesses ran in several times on a herd of 1000+ buffalo in front of Main Camp. The other 5 members of the Marthly pride are at Maxim’s lookout. We got our first glimpse at the newest additions to the Eyrefield pride- at least 2 tiny 4-5 day old cubs. The other Eyrefield lioness and her cubs were at their den. 4 Gowrie males are on a young buffalo kill. 1 Styx lioness was at Campbell Koppies. 2 Clarendon males and 1 Styx lioness are feeding off the remains of yesterday’s buffalo kill. 5 leopards: the Tamboti female fought with the Kikilezi female and came off tops. The Emsagweni female is still feeding off her duiker kill. The DOKF 3:3 has a young nyala kill and the Island female was also seen. 3 herds of buffalo were viewed and many elephants.

 

2 January: Another amazing day with spectacular sightings! 10 lion sightings!: We watched 12 members of the Marthly breakaway pride bring down a buffalo only to have the 2 Clarendon males and 2 Marthly lionesses chase them off and then finish the job. The other 5 members of the Marthly pride were at the causeway. The Matshapiri males were with the youngest Eyrefield lioness- the Matshapiri lioness was about 300m away from them. The other 2 Eyrefield lioness were at their respective dens. 3 young males were seen in the south as well as a lioness. 1 Gowrie male is mating with a Styx lioness at Campbell Koppies. Another Gowrie male was at Mlowathi Dam. 5 leopards: the Airstrip male was close to Main Camp. The Emsagweni female is still feeding off her duiker kill. The Treehouse male was south of the Airstrip. The Tamboti female is still calling for her cubs. A lactating female was seen at Charlseton North. 14 cape hunting dogs killed a steenbok and a nyala and taunted elephants and a herd of buffalo. 2 other buffalo herds were seen. Hundreds of elephants were viewed. It was MalaMala Magic out there!

 

1 January: Lions: The Eyrefield lioness and her 2 cubs were viewed at their den. The other of the 2 older lionesses gave birth yesterday on the banks of the Sand River. The 3rd lioness was nearby along with the 2 Matshapiri males. The Marthly pride are close to Main Camp. 2 Gowrie males are with the youngest Styx lioness in the north (mating). The 2 other Styx lionesses were along the Mlowathi River. Leopards: the West Street male was seen in the south. The Emsagweni female has a duiker kill near Donald’s crossing. A young No ID male was seen around Emsagwen waterhole. The Tamboti female returned to the area were we last saw her with her 2 cubs during the confrontation with the Airstrip male. She was frequently contact calling for them. Cheetah: the 2 brothers were at Clarendon Dam. 2 large herds of buffalo were viewed as well as many elephants.

 

30 December: 5 lion sightings: We watched the youngest Eyrefield lioness kill a young buffalo. The lactating Eyrefield lioness was with her 2 cubs at their den. The 2 Matshapiri males were still feeding off their buffalo kill this morning and they had been joined by the Matshapiri lioness. 1 of the Gowrie males is mating with the youngest Styx lioness. A young and unidentified male lion was close to Main Camp. 3 leopards: the Treehouse male was feeding off a young buffalo carcass that he had hoisted into a tree. The DOKF 3:3 was hunting impala around Campbell Koppies and the Airstrip male was also viewed. A pack of Cape hunting dogs was seen in the south. 2 large herds of buffalo. 2 sable antelope sightings. Many elephants including 5 huge bulls at Clarendon.

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