Shenton Safaris Big Cat Round-Up
What a fantastic start we have had to our 2018 season so far. Our guides have been busy finding some incredible sightings for our guests and judging by what has already been seen we are set for some extraordinary sightings over the next few months. we have recorded some of the sightings seen so far for the month of June just to give you an idea of how busy things have been.
14 June – Thursday
This morning we found 4 lionesses from the Hollywood Pride feeding on a puku carcass at the Bottom End of Fish Eagle Lagoon, we are not too sure where the rest of the pride is at the moment.
On the afternoon drive, we found a young unknown male leopard in the area of Long Cut Crossing. He was very relaxed and moving along sniffing different trees and bushes indicating he was most probably on the scent trail of another leopard in the area. This is our second sighting so far of this particular male, we hope that he hangs around.
Further down the road, we found a second young unknown male leopard by Acacia Fridge area. He seemed to be on the prowl for some hunting and he too was rather relaxed. The dominant male leopard, Luambe, seems to have some new competition in the area this season.
15 June – Friday
A new pack of wild dogs was seen this morning! The new pack of 8 adults was found at the Top End of Fish Eagle Lagoon. They all had fresh blood on their faces and full bellies indicating that they had just recently made and kill and were now resting in the shade of a nearby tree.
Also, this morning the young leopardess, Chiphadzuwa, was also spotted at the Acacia Ebony Grove. she was extremely relaxed as always making her way towards the edge of the river looking for a meal.
That afternoon we saw 5 lionesses for the Hollywood Pride resting on Lion Shelf. Some passing impala caught their attention so they attempted a hunt but were unfortunately unsuccessful.
16 June – Saturday
This morning just outside Mwamba we saw an unknown leopardess. she was very shy and slipped into the bushes upon seeing us. We hope that she will start to relax as the season progresses.
The leopardess, Chiphadzuwa, was found right next to the Hippo Hide at first light this morning. she was sleeping and didn’t move for the remainder of the morning.
That afternoon in the same location close to the Hippo Hide we found the large male leopard Luambe, sleeping close to where Chiphadzuwa was seen that morning.
There is a new large unknown male lion in the area. He was found this afternoon on Chimbwi Loop looking hungry. It will be interesting to see how he will get along with the other lions in the area.
17 June – Sunday
9 lions from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride were found this morning on the 040 close to Kapanda Lagoon turnoff. The group consisted of 6 adult females, 2 sub-adult and one 5-month-old cub.
That afternoon close to Numbu Lagoon we found more members of the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride. 5 Lionesses with 1 sub-adult male. They looked extremely well fed and were resting in some shade under a tree.
18 June – Monday
4 Lionesses from the Mwamba-Kanigo Pride were seen this morning on Gideon Loop. They were watching a large herd of buffalo but in the end, decided not to hunt. However, later that afternoon they tried their luck at hunting a herd of wildebeest. it was an extremely close call but unfortunately, they just missed the herd. Incredibly they had another chance later that night. A small clan of hyena managed to kill an adult kudu inside Mwamba. The lions heard the commotion and attempted to steal the kill away from the hyena. One lioness managed to feed for a minute or so before more hyenas arrived to help chase the lions. A huge fight broke out but the lions were no match for the 15 or so hyenas and they decided it was safer to retreat and leave the kill.
An unknown male leopard was spotted along the Mwamba River on Mwamba Extension, he was having a snooze waiting for some prey to get his attention. When we returned that afternoon he was still lying in the same place.
19 June – Tuesday
The original Kaingo Pack of wild dogs were spotted this morning on Gideon. 9 dogs altogether and they are all looking very healthy as they were just setting off to hunt.
During the morning drive, Sandy and his guests stopped for a tea and coffee break by Fish Eagle Lagoon. While enjoying their drinks made an appearance and killed an impala all while they were watching! What an incredible experience.
15 lions from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride were seen this morning close to Acacia Loop. They were relaxing on the beach until a herd of puku caught their attention. They attempted the hunt but were unsuccessful, luckily most of them already seemed to have full bellies.
The Kaingo Pack of wild dogs was seen again this morning on Gideon as they seem to be enjoying this are. they looked exhausted and were resting in the shade of a nearby tree.
This evening we located 5 lionesses of the Hollywood Pride at Pelican Lagoon. They were looking very fat and tired sleeping close to the edge of the water.
20 June – Wednesday
This morning on Lion plains we found the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride. 15 lions altogether, they were heading towards Fish Eagle Lagoon in the hopes to do some hunting no doubt.
Our large dominant male leopard of the area, Luambe, was found early this morning strolling along the river bank at Hippo Hospital. He is still looking in prime condition and we are certain he is still the main guy in charge.
Later that night the Kaingo Pack of wild dogs chased and caught an impala in the middle of Mwamba. Within minutes the carcass was finished and the dogs had dispersed.
What an incredible start to the season we have had already. We will send out another update next week on the Big Cat Round-Up