Highlights of the week

July 12th. 2 lion sightings: the Eyrefield pride are done with their buffalo kill and were viewed at Styx Rocks. 2 young male lions were viewed in the south – we believe they are 2 of the young ‘Talamati’ lions. 8 leopards: the Kikilezi female and her 2 cubs are still feeding off their impala kill and they were joined by DOKF 3:3… The Tamboti female and her cub were near our Airstrip. The Bicycle Crossing male inspected the remains of the Eyrefield pride’s buffalo kill. An unidentified and skittish female was viewed on Northern Side Kapen. Sable antelope: 1 bull was seen quenching his thirst in the Sand River. 3 herds of buffalo and many elephant sightings were recorded.

July 11th. Lions: the Eyrefield pride and one of the Matshapiri males are still feeding off their buffalo cow kill near Styx Waterhole- another herd of buffalo did approach the area and despite having full stomachs the lions ran in on the herd but missed. 9 leopards: the Treehouse male is mating with the Island female. The Kikilezi female and her 2 cubs are still feeding off their impala kill from yesterday and so is the DOKF 3:3. The Tamboti female and her cub were near our Airstrip. The Bicycle Crossing male was also viewed. 1 herd of buffalo and many elephant sightings were recorded.

July 10th. 2 lion sightings: the Eyrefield pride and one of the Matshapiri males were found with a buffalo cow kill near Styx Waterhole. The other Matshapiri male wasn’t too far away and had a buffalo kill of his own. 6 leopards: the Kikilezi female and her 2 cubs were viewed in the Manyelethi River with an impala kill. The Tamboti female and her cub were found near Maxim’s Lookout also with an impala. The DOKF 3:3 was in Piccadilly Triangle with guess what…. an impala kill! A herd of buffalo and many elephants were seen today as well as a serval with a genet kill AND a very relaxed pangolin- we watched in awe as it foraged out in the open for a lengthy period of time before it retreated into some thicker vegetation.

July 9th. 2 lion sightings: the Eyrefield pride were found along Piccadilly Road feeding off a buffalo carcass- this evening we watched them run in several times on a herd of buffalo but with no luck . Both Matshapiri males were viewed not too far away from the Eyrefield Pride. 4 leopards: the son of the Ostrich Koppies female was also viewed in the same area as the lions- this is the furthest south we’ve seen this young male. The Kikilezi female and her 2 cubs were viewed in the Manyelethi River. 3 herds of buffalo were seen as well as many elephant sightings.

July 8th. 3 lion sightings: 2 sub adult males from the Marthly pride were viewed close to Main Camp again. The Eyrefield pride and the 1 of the Matshapiri males were seen separately in Flockfield. 4 leopards: the Kikilezi female and her 2 cubs were at their den in the Manyelethi River. The Bicycle Crossing male was viewed near Styx Waterhole. Cape hunting dogs: the pack of 3 was seen at Tslebe Rocks. 2 herds of buffalo and many elephant sightings were also recorded.

July 7th. 3 lion sightings: 2 sub adult males from the Marthly pride were viewed close to Main Camp. The Eyrefield pride and the 2 Matshapiri males were seen separately in Flockfield- the latter were feeding off a buffalo calf kill. 4 leopards: the Kikilezi female and her 2 cubs were at their den in the Manyelethi River. The Island female was also viewed today in the Ngoboswaan Donga. Sable antelope: A herd of 9 was found at Styx Waterhole. 2 herds of buffalo were viewed as well as many elephant sightings.

July 6th. 6 leopards: the Tamboti female killed an adult male impala. The Bicycle Crossing male is still feeding on his bushbuck kill. The Kikilezi female and her 2 cubs were at their den in the Manyelethi River. The Island female was also found with a kill of her own. 2 herds of buffalo were viewed as well as many elephants. A serval was seen at Confluence Crossing. We’re loving the amount of relaxed servals and civets that we’ve been seeing lately!

July 5th. 2 lion sightings: the Eyrefield pride and both Matshapiri males spent the day in the central parts of our property. 1 Gowrie male was seen in the north. 3 leopards: the Bicycle Crossing male is on a bushbuck kill in the south. The Tamboti female and her cub were also viewed. 8 ostriches were seen in the north as well as a serval. 3 herds of buffalo and many elephants were also viewed.

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