8 February to 15 February 2009

Leopard Diaries

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8 February to 15 February 2009

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8 February to 15 February 2009



Simbambili once again proved itself this week with some fine game viewing, even though the weather continued to be wet and windy, the game viewing showed up, especially our lions, they were definitely the super cats of the week. They were seen every day this week!


The highlight of the week has been the continued presence of the 3 members of the Mapogo coalition. Last week we were fortunate enough to have them kill, and this week we have been lucky enough to have these 3 sleepy beasts sleeping around on our traversing, we can't complain lions are lions sleeping or not!


Another interesting lion sighting was the Robson's/Ottawa pride which has not been seen for ages by our rangers and trackers. On finding tracks moving down Robson's boundary we followed up and to our surprise we found two large females with 5 cubs and of course the oldest of the Mapogo coalition. This male seems to be spending a large amount of time with this pride, as we saw him with the pride for most of the week, and he never seemed to be worried  about communicating with the other 3 from the coalition.


One of the rangers even saw the Mapogo and the pride bring down a young wildebeest on the airstrip; this allowed our guests to watch this sighting from beginning to the end. Wow what a sight! 


On the leopard front, these spotted cats seem to have taken a back seat with all the lion activity around the area. Mafufunyane has still been moving in and out the area on a daily basis.

Kurhula the female leopard was sighted at Simbambili Dam. Ntima was also seen this week and she seems to be heavily pregnant. Hopefully within a few weeks Simbambili will be blessed with new baby leapards.Make sure you keep reading the diaries to get follow up news. Shadow also gave us a guest appearance.


The elephant herds have been gorging themselves on all the abundance of green vegetation about. Herds of between 20-40 have been moving around our traversing area, as well as 5 or 6 males in must trying to follow these herds. The buffalo and rhino have been plentiful and so to have been the general game.




The Simbambili Team


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