Shenton Safaris Big Cat Round Up
What an amazing week of sightings we have had out here. We are including alternative names in brackets for our Lions, the alternative names come from the newly aired Documentary-Drama on ITV “Lion Country – Night and Day” which was filmed here at Shenton Safaris during the 2016 season. Numbu Boys (The Punks), Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggy’s Pride) and Hollywood Pride (Rosa’s Pride)
Thursday – 5 October
We found the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride) this morning by the Acacia Ebony Grove. 15 lions ,9 Lionesses with 6 sub-adults. They were relaxing and looking rather hungry. I am sure it won’t be long before they start hunting again.
The young leopardess Chiphadzuwa was found atop a sausage tree by Fish Eagle Lagoon. She was keeping a close eye on a herd of impala that were slowly making their way in her direction.
Later that afternoon Chiphadzuwa was seen again. This time hunting some guinea fowl but unfortunately was unsuccessful.
Luambe, the large dominant male leopard, was found tonight. He was drinking water down by the river close to Andy Loop. A young unknown male leopard emerged from the bushes and walked right past him however Luambe was clearly not in the mood to fight the young male as he merely glanced at him and then continued drinking.
Friday – 6 October
This morning we found the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride) trailing closely behind a large herd of buffalo. They looked so motivated and we were sure they were ready to hunt. However, as the sun got higher in the sky and the temperature started to rise, all 15 lions decided it was time for a nap along the banks of Fish Eagle Lagoon.
This afternoon the beautiful leopardess Chiphadzuwa was seen close to Hippo Hospital. Andrew and his guests followed her as she was moving along slowly. A squirrel crossed her path and she immediately gave chase and managed to catch her prey. Such a surprise special sighting
Saturday – 7 October
The Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride) gave us a real show today. We found 17 pride members sleeping on the island shelf close to Debs Tree. They kept watching some waterbuck but decided it was not worth the effort to move. Later that evening the pride began moving and soon came across some puku. The females quickly worked together to hunt and kill a large female puku. However, before they got to enjoy their prize, one of the Numbu Boys (The Punks) quickly dominated the kill and chased the lionesses away. Instead of the lionesses going hungry, they regrouped and within 20 minutes they killed another puku. This one they managed to enjoy in peace away from the males. 2 kills in one hour, what a sighting!
The young leopardess, Chiphadzuwa, and another young unknown male leopard were found relaxing on the same log close to the top end of Fish Eagle Lagoon. No mating took place however it looks like the leopards were content with relaxing together.
We were lucky this afternoon when we managed to get a glimpse of the Nsefu pride, 8 lionesses, relaxing on the other side of the river close to Hippo Hospital. They looked as if they might try crossing over, we will have to see what happens.
Just before sunset we found the Kaingo Pack of wild dogs. 5 adults and 6 puppies very close to Kaingo Corner. They seemed to be very well fed and were looking for a place to rest for the night.
Sunday – 8 October
This morning by Guinea Fowl Plains we came across a new leopard to our area called Prince. He was resting in a tree near the road but as the sun started rising higher so he moved down the tree and found some shade in a thick bush.
Between Pelican Lagoon and Debs Tree we found the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride) and one of the Numbu Boys (The Punks) feeding on a large male buffalo they had killed during the night. 16 lions together and looking content after a night of hard work which paid off.
Sylvester went exploring the area of Elephant Bend this morning and it paid off. He found 2 male leopards. The first an older male nicknamed Stumpy, as he is missing the tip of his tail. He had killed a baby puku and hoisted it up a tree before he began feeding. After leaving that sighting the headed down to the river where they enjoyed a sundowner. They were also joined by another male leopard who came down to the waters edge for a drink.
Later that night we saw the young leopardess Chiphadzuwa walking across Fish Eagle Lagoon with a baby puku in her mouth. She dragged the carcass over the lagoon before climbing up a sausage tree to enjoy her meal.
Monday – 9 October
Chiphadzuwa was seen again this morning in the same sausage tree enjoying the remains of her meal from last night by Fish Eagle Lagoon.
Patrick found the large dominant male leopard Luambe this morning while out on a walk. Luambe was in some tall grass hunting some impala underneath a sausage tree but he was unsuccessful.
The Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride) were in the same spot between Pelican Lagoon and Debs Tree, resting after finishing off their buffalo.
The mature leopardess Malaika was seen by Patrick close to Elephant Bend hunting some impala. Unfortunately, the wind changed direction and gave away her location.
Tuesday – 10 October
Early this morning at Elephant Bend the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince Ziggys Pride) were found. 9 adult females, 6 sub adults and the 3 Numbu Boys (The Punks). They were all relaxing on the beach together enjoying the scene of hippos in the water. By the afternoon all the lions had covered some distance and arrived by Pelican Lagoon where they watched some buffalo drinking but were all too tired to hunt.
The dominant male leopard Luambe was seen tonight around Leopard Loop. He was headed towards Guineafowl Plains and looked to be in the mood to do some hunting.
Wednesday – 11 October
The young leopardess Chiphadzuwa was seen this morning by her usual hangout of Fish Eagle Lagoon. She was atop a sausage tree watching some impala and puku as they passed by.
10 members of the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride) were found on Crocodile Loop. They were trailing a herd of buffalo hoping for one to lag behind.
This afternoon our guides and guests were treated to a special sighting. They were close to the Lower Shelf where they found the shy male leopard, Golden Boy. He ran away a short distance but after some time to relax he returned close to the vehicle. The reason became clear as he dragged out a massive half eaten African rock python from a nearby bush before taking it up a tree.
Thursday – 12 October
The dominant male leopard Luambe was found this morning on Acacia Loop. He was atop a sausage tree feeding on an impala which looks to have been killed last night. When we returned later that afternoon Luambe had almost finished the carcass.
That same afternoon we found an unknown male leopard with a notch missing from his right ear. He was close to the Kaingo Ebony Grove where he too was in a sausage tree feeding on the remains of a puku.
Friday – 13 October
This morning Luambe was seen again very close to the tree where the unknown male leopard was feeding on the puku from the day before. Possibly the two leopards had an interaction in the night as the unknown male was nowhere to be seen.
At Fish Eagle Lagoon we found our young leopardess Chiphadzuwa stalking a bushbuck, she got extremely close however at the last moment the bushbuck became aware of her presence and ran off.
In the afternoon 1 Numbu Boy (The Punks) and a lioness from the Hollywood Pride (Rosa Pride) were found mating in the area of Elephant Bend. The Numbu Boys seem to be slowly becoming the dominant males of the Hollywood Pride.
Saturday – 14 October
Luambe was seen this morning resting on the beach near acacia loop. On closer inspection we saw he had many fresh cuts on his face and injury to his hind leg, suggesting he was in a recent fight. We would love to find out what his opponent looks like. Later that afternoon Luambe was found in the same location still licking his wounds
South of Kaingo Corner we found an unknown male leopard sleeping in the top of a tamarind tree very relaxed.
Sunday – 15 October
2 adult lionesses and 5 sub adults from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride) were found close to the Mwamba Last Watering Hole Hide feeding on a buffalo. They killed the buffalo in the water and later dragged the carcass up the river bank under a tree.
In the afternoon we found Chiphadzuwa the young leopardess at the top end of Fish Eagle Lagoon. She was sleeping under a mahogany tree, but up in the branches we saw the remains of an impala.
Monday – 16 October
This afternoon we found Chiphadzuwa mating with an unknown male leopard at the bottom end of Fish Eagle Lagoon. Lets hope she might have some cubs in the future.
Tuesday – 17 October
7 members of the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride) were at the Last Watering Hole this morning. They relaxed in the shade most of the day however had a hard time being chased around by the elephants. Towards the afternoon one of the Numbu Boys (The Punks) arrived and managed to kill an impala just before sunset. He enjoyed his meal without sharing with the rest of the pride.
Wednesday – 18 October
The Nsefu Pride was found this morning by the Kaingo Ebony Grove. 4 adult Lionesses and 1 sub adult male lion. They all had blood on their faces, suggesting they had recently finished a fresh kill nearby.
The young leopardess Chiphadzuwa was found sleeping atop a tamarind tree by Fish Eagle Lagoon. She was no longer with her mate from the day before.
12 lions from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride were seen sleeping on Crocodile Loop. They were watching a nearby herd of impala but were too lazy to move.
2 other pride members were found at the Last Watering Hole. They attempted to hunt impala most of the morning but were unsuccessful. By mid-day they managed to kill an impala and later that afternoon they also killed a male puku.