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 – 21 September
1 numbu boy (The Punk) and 1 lioness from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride) were found mating this morning no too far away from Debs Tree.
14 more lions were seen this afternoon. Another one of the Numbu Boys(The Punks) as well as 7 lioness and 6 sub-adults from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride) were all found resting in the shade of the enchanting Kaingo Ebony Grove.
Friday – 22 September
A pack of 5 wild dogs were seen running and playing on the beach close to Fish Eagle Lagoon on the banks of the Luangwa river. All the dogs seemed well fed with reasonably full bellies. We think this is a nomadic pack that has crossed over from the Nsefu Sector.
Later that afternoon we found the young leopardess Chiphadzuwa. She was resting on the banks of Fish Eagle Lagoon and not too far away from her was a small clan of hyena which could suggest there was a kill hidden close by.
Saturday – 23 September
More wild dogs this morning; 1 Adult and 5 puppies from the Kaingo Pack. The adult dog was looking out for the pups and we can assume that the other adults were out busy hunting. This was close to the Big Baobab Tree close to Mwamba.
Not too far away down the road the large male leopard Tyson was found. He was up a tree with the remains of a warthog he had killed but from his vantage point he was keeping a close eye on the wild dogs.
Sunday – 24 September
This morning we came across the young male leopard from Fish Eagle Area. He was in the the area of Acacia River Drive up a natal mahogany tree. He was feeding on an impala and shortly after we arrived he came down the tree and was off in search of water. As he left the leopardess Chiphadzuwa made her appearance from the bushes and quickly climbed the tree to begin feeding on the impala before the young leopard returned.
2 female sub-adult lionesses from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride) were found lazing about in Fish Eagle Lagoon. No sign of the rest of the pride or where they could be.
Monday – 25 September
This morning 10 lions from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride were seen close to Debs Tree. 6 lionesses and 4 sub-adults were all arguing over the remains of a warthog that had been killed.
1 Numbu Boy (the Punk) was found by the Main Shelf area. He spent a good 30 min grooming himself and he is looking in pristine condition.
By the end of the morning safari we caught up with the rest of the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride). They were by Acacia River Drive, all of them resting under a sausage tree; 1 Numbu Boy (The Punks), 2 Lionesses and 2 sub-adults. I am sure the will meet up with the rest of the pride soon.
Tuesday – 26 September
An unknown leopardess was found this morning close to Acacia Loop. She was up a ebony tree with a impala carcass. It was clear that she was very shy so we let her be and gave her some space.
We also had a brief sighting of the older leopardess Malaika. She was walking along the banks of the river without a care in the world. Acacia Riverside Drive.
Chiphadzuwa was also seen this morning. She was at Fish Eagle Lagoon resting in one of her favourite sausage trees. She had a full belly but still kept a close eye on some impala hoping they would walk underneath the branch she was resting on.
This afternoon our guests were treated to an incredible sighting. 18 lions from the Numbu Boy(The Punks) and the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride(Prince & Ziggys Pride) were found. The were all on Acacia Riverside Drive resting under a large winter thorn tree. A large herd of buffalo approached them looking for a drink from the river. A massive game of cat and mouse began between the predator and prey , for nearly two hours the stand off lasted, until eventually the lions tired and the buffalo made their way to the river to drink.
Wednesday – 27 September
Chiphadzuwa was seen this morning. Lying on the beach as if she was on holiday close to Fish Eagle Lagoon.
Th 18 Lions from yesterdays amazing sighting were also on the beach close to Acacia Loop area. They were waiting for their next potential meal. We also noticed the tiny cub with them, just a few months old.