9 March to 15 March 2009

Leopard Diaries

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9 March to 15 March 2009

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9 March to 15 March 2009


The week has seen a definite change in the weather, with cooler morning and evening temperatures being experienced as we slowly head into autumn. The bush however is still very lush and all the pans are brimful of water which should hopefully keep the game happy well into the dry season.


Game viewing has once again not disappointed this week, with three of the Mapogo male lions being seen for a number of days in the beginning of the week. Leopard have been seen almost daily with two of the younger leopards providing some great photographic moments as they lazed away in the branches of large trees.


The Mapogo males were found near One-Eye Pan, a waterhole in the eastern part of the property after they had moved into the area the previous evening. They remained in the area for the next three days and provided some fantastic viewing as they lazed away the days, resting in the dry Manyeleti River bed.


A number of sightings of white rhinoceros have also been had with groups of up 5 of these big animals being seen. Elephant have been a little scarce but a herd was seen near the end of the week which had a very young calf which the guides estimated to be about 2 weeks old!


Leopard sightings this week were dominated by Nyeleti and her cub, they were seen in the Serengeti area and the tension between mother and daughter has grown and the young cub is now being forced by Nyeleti to become an independent young leopardess. The cub was seen on two consecutive mornings by herself and provided us with some wonderful moments as she watched us from her elevated position as she rested in a large Marula tree.


Shadow, another recently independent leopard cub was seen early one morning as she stalked a band of dwarf mongooses. Although she was unsuccessful at catching any of them watching her stalk them was a real treat. She then went and rested in the branches of a fallen False Marula contemplating her next move.


Some very good news is that Ntima, the leopardess we suspected of having had cubs about three weeks ago, has three new cubs which were seen for the first time on a neighboring property!! We will definitely keep you updated with their movements.




The Simbambili Team


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