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Although the weather has cooled down over the last few days we were only rewarded with about 10mm of rain. Unfortunately this was not enough to break the extremely dry conditions and we can only hope for more rain in the near future.


We received a lovely surprise this week when we found cheetah on several occasions. A male Cheetah was spotted hunting impala but we only saw him on the kill later that evening. We were led to him by a Tawny eagle and some vultures lurking around and the presence of these two raptors often indicates that a fresh kill might be nearby. We had to track on foot before we found the cheetah feeding and we hurried back to the Landrover to put our new guests in the best position to view this endangered cat.


Another lucky sighting was experienced the next morning when we, unexpectedly came across 8 Wild dogs crossing over into one of our neighboring properties Mala Mala. This was only the fourth time this year that a pack of Wild dogs has been spotted and it is always an amazing sighting.


Salaxe, the resident 3 year old female leopard gave birth to two beautiful cubs two weeks ago. She has been seen close to Rhino Pan showing her cubs off to the world. This sighting has however been closed to all vehicles until the cubs are at least 4 weeks old.


Many of the young leopards in the area were seen this week including Mpfula, a young male & Shadow, a young female. Shadow was seen on many occasions over the last week and was spotted sharing an impala with her grandfather, Mafufunyane.



Regards The Simbambili Team




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