22 to 28 July 2008

Leopard Diaries

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22 to 28 July 2008

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The mornings have started to heat up over the past week. As a result of the increase in temperatures the hot water bottles haven't been such a necessity on the early morning safaris! The game viewing has been superb as usual although the lions have continued to be somewhat elusive. They have been moving through our traversing area briefly before moving off on to other properties. However, we had a great sighting of lions this week. Both the lions and the herd of buffalo were testing each other by using a road as a boundary. They would each come closer and closer and then retreat. It was fascinating to see them interact like this.

We have been seeing a lot of leopards lately. We started off with an amazing sighting of the territorial male leopard Mafufunyane up a Knobthorn with a young Impala. We believe the kill was more than likely made by the one-eyed female Leopard, Safari and then stolen by Mafufunyane. It wasn't long before the hyenas made an appearance. He managed a balancing act and managed to only lose the half eaten leg of the Impala to the greedy hyenas. After the incident, Mafufunyane moved off and was seen a few days later with Ntima, a young female leopard. They have regularly been seen mating over the past few days.

Matimba, Safari's sub-adult male cub managed to catch himself a duiker. It is more than likely one of his first kills that he has made on his own. The fairly inexperienced young male learnt the hard way and dragged the Duiker up a Tamboti tree which wasn't the best choice of tree. It is covered with strong, sharp twigs and he injured his front left paw in the process. The injury was not too serious but still seemed to bother him quite a bit.

This week we have also been blessed with sightings of large herds of buffalo and elephant that have been moving through the area.

Simbambili Team




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