Simbambili Game Lodge
A word from our rangers.
25th - 31st October
Leopard Diaries 25th - 31st October 2010
The week has been one that has promised us our first rains, the skies have darkened and thunder and lightning have given us some fantastic shows but as yet we have not received the much anticipated first thundershower.
Unfortunately this week is saddened by the news that we have lost one of our popular leopards. Mbilo, the young leopard female from the Arathusa Big Dam area is thought to have been killed by lions. While out tracking, Mumps found the remains of a leopard which had been killed, the remains were in the area that we had last seen Mbilo and we have not seen the young female leopard ever since which we have taken as a sure sign that she has been killed.
On a more positive note we have a new set of leopard cubs, Shadow one of our territorial leopard females has given birth to two healthy cubs and has them hidden in a thick riverine area and as of now we have not been able to get any sighting of the newest additions.
One of the lionesses on hearing the leopard come out of the tree rushed up to investigate the commotion and even though she was very full jumped into the tree to investigate where the young leopard had gone to?
Lion viewing this week has been good with two of the Tsalala lionesses being present on the property for the majority of the week. They were found resting in the Manyeleti riverbed after some good tracking early one morning. They then were seen on an impala kill later that afternoon before they moved off to drink at a nearby waterhole and there they remained for a three day period.
A Large number of elephant have been moving through the area this week with a number of them stopping by to drink and bathe at the waterhole in front of the lodge. The elephants have provided some great entertainment for our guests, as they move through the lodge and allow some fantastic viewing from the comfort of the lounge or the room decks.
Rhinoceros & Buffalo
Buffalo numbers have once again swelled this week with two different herds moving through the property, both herds number in the region of approximately one hundred animals and have been seen utilising the last remaining water points.
These rare predators have provided two magic sightings this week, with the first sighting being of the pack of eight dogs which appear to have lost two pups from this years' litter. The remainder of the pack however are all healthy and we were enthralled as we watched them have a fantastic interaction with a number of spotted hyenas over the remains of an impala that they had killed.
The Simbambili Guiding and Tracking Team
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