Highlights of the week

June 27th. 2 lion sightings: The Eyrefield pride and both Matshapiri males were still feeding off their buffalo kill east of Rattray’s Camp. A young male lion was viewed on the outskirts of a crazy sighting of 7 hyena devouring a sub adult buffalo. Leopards: we finally got our first glimpse of the Tamboti female’s new cub- thanks to ranger Jacques Proust’s persistence- their den is just east of our Airstrip. Sable antelope: a lone bull was seen in Flockfield. 2 herds of buffalo and many elephants were viewed across the property. 4 civets and a honey badger were also seen.

June 26th. 2 lion sightings: We watched the Eyrefield pride and both Matshapiri males bring down a buffalo cow right in front of Rattray’s Camp! The Fourways pride also provided us with much excitement as they ran in several times on a herd of buffalo in eastern Flockfield. 6 leopards: the Treehouse male, Kikilezi female and 2 cubs were in the Sand River west of Main Camp. The Tamboti female and the Island female were seen separately but both around our airstrip. Sable antelope: a lone bull was viewed in Flockfield. 3 herds of buffalo and many elephants were also viewed.

June 25th. 2 lion sightings: the Eyrefield pride and 1 Matshapiri male went after a herd of buffalo that came down to drink in the Sand River in front of Rattray’s Camp. That same Matshapiri male and the youngest Eyrefield lioness were initially found separately as they were mating just south of Rattray’s Camp and then joined up with others when the buffalo arrived. Leopards: the Kililezi female and her 2 cubs were in the Sand River just west of Main Camp. Cheetah: the 2 brothers were viewed in the north. 3 herds of buffalo were seen as well as many elephants. A rare sighting of a caracal was also enjoyed close to Rattray’s Camp!

June 24th. 2 lion sightings: the Eyrefield pride and 2 Matshapiri males provided us with a unique sighting when they ran in on a sable bull! That same sable also walked passed the Fourways pride who are feeding off a buffalo kill in eastern Flockfield. Leopards: the Kikilezi female and her 2 cubs are on a bushbuck kill close to Main Camp. 2 herds of buffalo and many elephant sightings were also enjoyed.

June 23rd. 5 lion sightings: the Eyrefield pride spent the day in the Sand River in front of Rattray’s Camp. The 2 Matshapiri males were at West Street. The Fourways pride killed a buffalo in eastern Flockfield. 1 Gowrie male was with 2 Styx lionesses and 4 cubs in the north. 2 sub adult male lions from the Marthly pride were seen near Main Camp. 5 leopards: the Kikilezi female and her 2 cubs were at Bicycle Crossing. The Treehouse male was also in Marthly. The Bicycle Crossing male was near Charleston North. Sable antelope: a herd of 6 and 1 lone bull were viewed. Many elephant sightings and 2 herds of buffalo were also viewed.

June 22nd. 3 lion sightings: the Eyrefield pride and 2 Matshapiri males were still feeding of their buffalo kill in the Sand River near West Street Bridge. 2 Gowrie males, 2 Styx lionesses and 4 cubs were viewed in the north. 2 lionesses from the Marthly pride were followed as they walked across Marthly. 5 leopards: the Kikilezi female and her 2 cubs were viewed near Main Camp. The Island female was hunting impala just south of Main Camp. An unidentified young male leopard was viewed along the Mlowathi River. Sable antelope: a herd of 6 as well as a lone bull were seen in Flockfield. 2 herds of buffalo and many elephant sightings were also enjoyed.

June 21st. 2 lion sightings: we watched the Eyrefield pride bring down a buffalo in the Sand River north of West Street Bridge- the 2 Matshapiri males were also present. The 2 Charleston males were viewed in the south. 5 leopards: the Treehouse male stole the Kikilezi female’s bushbuck kill in the Manyelethi River- her 2 cubs were also present. The Bicycle Crossing male was at Charleston North. An unidentified female was seen south of Rattray’s again. Sable antelope: the herd of 6 as well as a lone bull were viewed. 2 herds of buffalo and many elephants sightings were also recorded.

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