This last week has produced some incredible sightings. Join us weekly as we look back on all the big cat sightings our guests got to enjoy at Shenton Safaris. We will also include any sightings of the African wild dogs from the area.
28 June – Thursday
This afternoon we found the leopardess Mayi. She was in the area of Hippo Hide with two other unknown leopards, one male and one female. The young unknown female leopard killed a puku. Mayi swooped in and stole the kill; she immediately began feeding. The unknown female leopardess watched on as Mayi fed on the puku, but it was not too much longer before the unknown male leopard chased off Mayi. He hoisted the kill very high into a tree close by where and began feeding in peace.
Later on, at Debs Tree, we found one lioness from the Hollywood Pride. She was resting by herself and gave a contact call now and then in hopes that the rest of the pride would respond.
14 members of the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride were found resting close to Long-Cut Crossing keeping their eyes on some zebra on the other side of the dried out river stream
29 June – Friday
This morning the young unknown male leopard was still atop his tree with the puku carcass close to Hippo Hide. Down below the tree was the young leopardess, Chiphadzuwa, waiting for a chance to get some of the meal perhaps.
Close to Fish Eagle Lagoon sleeping right in the middle of the road were two lionesses from the Hollywood Pride. They were looking very fat, no doubt after a successful hunt from the night before. These lionesses remained in the same spot the entire day and only starting to stir a few hours after sunset.
Once it was dark one of the Numbu Boys was seen sleeping next to the remains of a kudu carcass close to Debs Tree. We assume the kudu was caught and fed on by the two Hollywood females before the Numbu Boy claimed the kill for himself.
30 June – Saturday
South of Kaingo Corner the male leopard, Ebony Male, was seen. Sleeping alongside the road, he eventually awoke and headed down towards the river.
Another unknown male leopard was found in the Kaingo Ebony Grove that morning. Looking extremely relaxed and calm watching some impala and puku grazing less than a 100m away. We hope to see more of this leopard in the future.
That afternoon an unknown male leopard was found walking along the river bank close to Hippo Hospital. We were not able to make an ID, but we assume it was the male from the Hippo Hide who stole the puku carcass and had now finished his kill.
01 July – Sunday
The Mwamba-Kaingo Pride were seen this morning on the outskirts of their territory far south of Kaingo Corner. They had managed to kill a medium-sized buffalo during the night but with 14 lions to feed the kill was finished by the end of that morning.
02 July – Monday
This afternoon 8 members of the Hollywood Pride were found on Crocodile Loop. They were sleeping next to the side of the road looking somewhat relaxed.
03 July – Tuesday
15 lions of the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride were passing through Mwamba this morning. They settled close to the Mwamba Hide and after nightfall began to follow a herd of buffalo that had moved through the area earlier that day.
This afternoon the Kaingo Pack of wild dogs were found in the area of Small Baobab. Resting in the shade of some trees with full bellies, they did not look like they would be moving anytime soon.
04 July – Wednesday
This morning we found the beautiful leopardess, Chiphadzuwa, resting near Short-Cut Crossing. After a while, a small herd of puku moved into the area, and Chiphadzuwa began hunting. With lightning quick reflexes she pounced and managed to catch a baby puku. She began feeding for a while before dragging her kill into some thick bushes.
Again this afternoon we caught up with the Kaingo Pack of wild dogs. 9 Dogs together looking a little hungry. They were resting in the are of the Small Baobab
We found the leopardess with her 2 cubs at Numbu Lagoon again. Her cubs were very playful and enjoying moms company although the young male is still a bit shy only being a few months old. There was an impala carcass hanging in a tree nearby which looked to be from this morning.