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.
05 July – Thursday
Two young female leopards were seen in the area of Mwamba this morning. The staff of the camp have had regular sightings of these two ladies, and it seems they have established their territories close to the Last Watering Hole in the hopes that later in the season this will be a prime hunting area.
06 July – Friday
This morning at Fish Eagle Lagoon we found 6 lionesses from the Hollywood Pride. They were resting in the shade of a tree with the remains of an impala not too far away. Up in the tree, we saw the dominant male leopard Luambe. It seems it was his impala that fell from the tree down to the lions. He was trapped in the tree until the lions eventually moved off.
Later that afternoon we found the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride further inland at Kapanda Lagoon. They were resting in some thick marshlands when a herd of buffalo began to approach. Once darkness fell the lions pulled down a buffalo and even managed to pull down a second smaller buffalo at the same time. What an incredible sighting!
07 July – Saturday
We found 1 lioness from the Hollywood Pride this morning on Lion Shelf area. She seems to be lactating heavily, so we assume this is the female with the two cubs. Her gaze was fixed on the opposite bank of the Luangwa River. Through binoculars, we could see a small pride looking back at us. Could this be the rest of the Hollywood Pride?
08 July – Sunday
The 4 new young male lions were found this morning in Fish Eagle Lagoon. They were feeding on a buffalo which had gotten stuck in the mud. One of the Numbu Boys arrived and watched the four young males from a distance. One of the young males ran straight towards the Numbu Boy and to our surprise chased him out of the are. It will be interesting to see what happens from this point forward.
That afternoon over by Charles Lagoon we found 2 lionesses from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride resting on a dead tree next to the water. After sunset, they climbed down the tree and began drinking before slipping away into the darkness.
The rest of the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride were found less than a kilometre away resting in some tall grass. The other two lionesses from Charles Lagoon joined up with their sister, and it seemed they were off to begin hunting.
We also managed to see the leopardess at Numbu Lagoon. It was a brief sighting, but we did catch a glimpse of the two cubs which means they are doing well and in good health.
09 July – Monday
Luambe, the dominant male leopard, was seen this morning by Acacia Loop. He was resting under the shade of a Sausage tree watching the Luangwa River
The male leopard, Golden Boy, was seen this morning moving along Mwamba extension. This is the first confirmed sighting of this leopard during 2018, and we are so glad that he is still in the area.
10 July – Tuesday
Things are heating up between the female leopards of the area. Mayi and Chiphadzuwa were found together this morning. They were at Short-Cut Crossing lying just a few meters apart from each other snarling and growling for almost an hour. It seemed they were both not going to back down over who was the rightful owner of the area. Eventually, it was Mayi who conceded and walked away. We have a feeling this is not the end of this dispute, and we will keep you posted of what develops in the future
11 July – Wednesday
The large male leopard, Luambe, was seen this afternoon by Fish Eagle Lagoon. He was moving along the river bank scent marking his territory. Possibly hoping to come across another leopard who had already made a kill so he could scavenge