Highlights of the week

June 20th. 2 lion sightings: the 2 Matshapiri males were found with a zebra kill on Emsagweni. The Eyrefield pride spent the day in the Sand River north of West Street Bridge. 7 leopards: the Kikilezi female and her 2 cubs along with the DOKF 3:3 were all together in the Manyelethi River. The Treehouse male treated us to some magical photo opportunities as he walked north in the Sand River from Rattray’s Camp. The ‘Teardrop’ female was viewed in the south. An unidentified female was seen south of Rattray’s. Sable antelope: a whopping 4 sightings were enjoyed today! 3 separate sightings of lone bulls as well as a herd of 6. 3 herds of buffalo were viewed as well as many elephant sightings.

June 19th. 3 lion sightings: 3 members of the Sand River pride were viewed in the south hunting warthog and toying with a buffalo bull. The Eyrefield pride were trailing a herd of buffalo but never made a move. 2 young males from the Marthly pride were south of the causeway. 3 leopards: the Tamboti female was being harassed by hyenas this evening. The Treehouse male is on patrol in Marthy. A No ID female (Teardrop) is on a bushbuck kill west of Rocky Crossing. Cheetah: the 2 brothers were seen in the north. 2 herds of buffalo as well as many elephants were viewed.

June 18th. 3 lion sightings: the Eyrefield pride spent the day on the banks of the Sand River north of its confluence with Matshapiri River- the 2 older lionesses seem to have been involved in a fight with other lions last night and although they have a few deep gashes they appear to be fine. The 2 Matshapiri males fed off the buffalo carcass that the Treehouse male leopard was on before they headed to the Sand River and jumped on the back of a hippo! – it managed to escape. A young male lion was viewed in north eastern Charleston. 4 leopards: the Treehouse male was in the Ngoboswaan Donga. The Tamboti female was north of our Airstrip. An unidentified female was viewed in the south with a bushbuck kill. The West Street male was found in north eastern Charleston. Many elephants and buffalo were sighted today.

June 17th. 3 lion sightings: 2 of the lionesses from the Marthly pride and 2 cubs were viewed in the Manyelethi River with a nyala kill. 2 of the sub-adult males from the Marthly pride were found in Matshapiri Open Area. The 2 Matshapiri males were in central Flockfield. 6 leopards: the Kikilezi female and her 2 cubs were in the Manyelethi River. The Treehouse male stumbled upon the carcass of a buffalo bull which he is now ‘sharing’ with a few hyenas. The Son of the Ostrich Koppies female was seen again after a long absence! The Island female was hunting impala in front of Main Camp. 2 serval sightings were enjoyed this evening. 3 herds of buffalo were viewed as well as many, many elephants.

June 16th. Lions: the 2 Matshapiri males spent the day along the Kapen River and are both well fed. 5 leopards: the Tamboti female was south of Main Camp. The Treehouse male was in Marthly. The DOKF 3:3 spent the evening in a leadwood tree on Valley Rd. An unidentified young female leopard was hunting impala north of Styx Waterhole and an unidentified male was viewed in the south. Sable antelope: an impressive bull was seen at Confluence Crossing. 2 herds of buffalo were viewed as well as countless elephant sightings.

June 15th. 2 lion sightings: the Eyrefield pride and 2 Matshapiri males spent the day along the southern reaches of the Matshapiri River. The Toulon male was viewed west of Sibuye Drive. 4 leopards: the Bicycle Crossing male has a bushbuck kill north of Charelston North. The Island female was viewed hunting in front of Main Camp’s swimming pool. The Treehouse male was seen near Rattray’s Camp. The DOKF 3:3 was viewed at Campbell Koppies. Sable antelope: 1 bull was found near Rattray’s camp. 3 herds of buffalo were seen as well as many elephant sightings.

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