What a week it’s been – from beautiful winter skies to new fluff balls… Herewith the latest edition of “A week in the bush”.
After finding tracks of a leopard, we came across the Kigelia female leopard who was walking in the riverbed very close to Little Bush Camp. After a short period, she contact called and we couldn’t believe our eyes – two tiny cubs came out of the bush and joined her! What an incredible moment!! Images by Peter Day and Brent Lefaive.
The following day, a couple of guides decided to make their way back to the area to get a better look at the little ones. To our excitement, mom was there with her two feisty fur balls. We estimate the cubs to be around 5-6 weeks old and because of this, we will be giving mom and cubs space and time needed. We wish her all the luck in raising her cubs!
Staying with the leopards…
We came across a female leopard this morning and to our excitement, it was a young leopard we are not all too familiar with – Xivati. She was searching for a meal and managed to catch a bird as an appetizer before coming to rest in some shade.
A large male leopard, Xovonekela, was found in the southern part of our reserve as he was starting to stalk a herd of impala. He did not manage to secure a meal and carried on walking along a drainage line before we lost sight of him amongst the rocks.
After picking up on some fresh male leopard tracks, we quickly moved into the area to see if we would be lucky, and just then, Maxabeni appeared, making his way through the open area to a nearby water source to quench his thirst.
The White Dam male was seen resting in a drainage line near Selati Camp. After a while he got up and walked along the dry riverbed before coming to rest and gave himself a bit of a clean.
The Southern Pride and Talamati young males are still together as a unit and between sleeping, as cats do, they were on the lookout for something to eat. They stalked some kudu but never got close enough to give chase, so they headed off to the waterhole in front of Selati Camp and tried their luck on a kudu drinking water but again, no luck as the Talamati young males blew their cover.
General sightings have been spectacular again this week with a huge variety of animals and birds being seen across the reserve.
Until next time…