Simbambili Game Lodge
A word from our rangers.
28 September to 4 October 2009
Game viewing has been good; however we have not seen any sign of lion this week. Although a prized sighting for many on safari, their absence has allowed other predators to move into the area and we have been lucky enough to have both cheetah and wild dog sightings this week!! The leopard have been fantastic and Salayexe has been seen on two different kills, providing meat for here growing cubs!!
Salayexe and her two cubs are still doing exceptionally well, the cubs seem to be growing bigger daily and the young male cub is almost twice as big as his sister already. This does create a bit of competition at kills as he tends to take a larger share and twice this week we watched as his mother had to aggressively chase him off the remainders of the carcass that she had yet to feed on.
Leopard sightings are always a wonderful experience, although often made better by the location of the sighting. This week both of Salayexe's kills, were in such picturesque surroundings that they have to rate as some of my favourite sightings of her. The first kill was an impala ewe that she had placed in the branches of a huge fallen Jackalberry tree. The sight of three leopards draped over the trunk of this large tree was one that will be remembered for a long time.
The second kill, a very young bushbuck lamb was hoisted into a very large and knurled Leadwood tree on the banks of the Manyeleti River. The kill was placed in the higher branches and was being fed on by the female cub when we arrived. The male cub inquisitively came over to investigate our vehicle before climbing the tree to join his mother and sister.
We have had a number of buffalo herds through the concession this week. With the absence of lion in the area the buffalo seem to favour the concession as it is relatively free of predators. The largest herd is estimated at being approximately one hundred and fifty animals. While the other two herd's number in the region of seventy animals.
We still have two herds present and they have been seen daily, there are a number of large bulls moving through the area and these big pachyderms are always a pleasure to watch.
Wild dogs have returned to Simbambili!! We were lucky enough to see three dogs early one morning before setting off for the morning game drive. The trio of dogs moved through the riverbed east of camp and then drank at the waterhole.
Once we had set out we followed the tracks of the dogs but received a radio call that the pack had been found on an impala kill. We moved into the area and found another pack of dogs finishing off the remains of a large impala ram. The pack consisted of four adult males, all of which we have not seen before. They moved off towards a seasonal pan were they drank and played in the early morning coolness.
The Simbambili Guiding Team.
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