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15 Dec

18-21 September 2016 – The Thanda impi consolidate their power, and we had our first decent rains.

Lion (5)   Mbiri pride (3)   Our resident pride were quite busy, and are definitely having a very successful period. They started off by killing a buffalo on Catwalk west, and by the next morning they had moved across the drainage line and killed another two buffalo on Windi Windi. The Thanda Impi males seemed in complete control of the pride and joined them for the feast. The Mbiri pride then moved south and killed another buffalo on Tamboti road. The Mbiri’s seem to be thriving under the protection of the Thanda Impi males, and hopefully we will see...
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14 Dec

13-16 September 2016 – A Time for the Leopards to Shine

Lions (6)   Mbiri pride (5) The Mbiri pride moved around a lot over these three days. They were initially found with a Buffalo kill on Nyathi drive, and moved to Lomfane by the afternoon. They were found again after some serious tracking, with another two Buffalo kills, just off Windi Windi. The females were not willing to share their hard-fought kill with the vultures, and went chasing after the big birds a few times during the sighting. From there they moved south, and were found the next morning at Manor House pan, where they spent the day resting. They...
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14 Dec

11-12 September 2016 – The Thanda Impi Male Lions Tighten Their Grip on the Mbiri Pride

Lion (4) Mbiri pride (2) We had two sightings of our resident pride over these two days. One of the young females was found on Rian’s folly on the morning of the 11th. She spent some time gazing at a few Impala, and lazing on a termite mound, before moving back into the drainage line, where she joined the rest of the pride and both Thanda Impi males. On the morning of the 12th, two of the young lionesses were found in the company of a Thanda Impi male each on Catwalk west. Mating was occurring with both pairs. One...
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13 Dec

1-2 September 2016 – The Xiluva Female Leopard stalks Two Cheetah

Lions (2) Mbiri pride (1) We had one sighting of the Mbiri’s over the two days. They killed a Buffalo on Rian’s folly, and were looking really good and well-fed. We do believe that the mystery of who assaulted the Nharhu Lioness in the previous blog was answered. One of the older Mbiri Lionesses had a damaged ear, and was favoring it throughout the sighting. It is very possible that these prides met, as their territories do overlap, and the other two Nharhu Lionesses took the cubs to safety, and she stood between the Mbiri’s and the cubs. I’ve seen...
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10 Dec

29-31 August 2016 – Battle Lines Are Drawn by Big Cats

Lion   Nharhu pride (3)   These were the only Lions we saw over the three days! The Nharhu pride spent the period to the north of Main Dam, around Malcolm’s Bridge and Leadwood Link. The big talking point, was on the morning of the 31st. The Nharhu pride was found on Leadwood Link, and one of the Lionesses was sporting some injuries. She was clearly in pain, and was acting quite aggressively towards the cubs, when they got too close. The injuries were clearly lion-made, and she had scars on her side and lower back, which are very typical of...
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10 Dec

26-28 August 2016 – Rhulani Leopard Kills a Warthog at Wild Dog dam.

Lion   Mbiri pride (2)   The Mbiri pride had a very busy time over this period! They managed to kill three Buffalo in the three days. The first killed two Buffalo at Old Pump, on the afternoon of the 26th. The next morning they were nowhere to be found, and a clan of hyena were helping themselves to the remnants of the feast. We don’t know if they were forced off the carcasses by the hyena, or if they just abandoned them. On the morning of the 28th, we found them with another buffalo kill on Catwalk west. Not...
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10 Dec

23-24 August 2016 – The first migrant bird returns, so summer must be around the corner

Lions   Miri pride (2)   The Mbiri pride have been maintaining their presence in the central and western parts of their territory. The Thanda Impi males have also been seen with the pride, and on both occasions they were seen, each of the males was trying to mate with one of the young Lionesses. The first sighting was on Vulture pan road, and the Skorro male was torn between mating and chasing the rest of the pride away from the oestrous female. The next morning, we found the Mbiri pride at Ingwe manzi, this time with the Sizanani male. He...
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9 Dec

18-20 August 2016 – A full house on Safari

Lions (5)   Mbiri pride (1)   We only had one sighting of the Mbiri Lions. They were seen with the Skorro Thanda impi male Lion on Reservoir road. There was really not much to report, it was one of those standard lazy lion safari sightings.   Nharhu pride (1)   We also had one sighting of the Nharhu pride over the last few days. They were seen while on safari on Leadwood link, close to the drainage line. The cubs are still the biggest source of entertainment, and their antics are good fun to watch, the constant playing, with...
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9 Dec

14-17 August 2016 – The Lions are on Fire

Lion (9)   Mbiri pride (4)   The Mbiri pride spent all their time with the Thanda impi male Lions, during this period. While on Safari, they were first found on the 15th, with both the Thanda Impi’s on Tamboti Road. The Skorro male was showing a lot of interest in one of the young females, and by the afternoon they’d moved to Windi windi and some mating was happening at metronomical consistency. They were found the next day, with the Sizanani male on catwalk west. On the morning on the 17th, they were found on Nyathi drive with two...
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6 Dec

23-24 July 2016 – Safari Love is in the Air

Lion   Thanda Impi males and Mbiri pride   We dont have much to report, due to the length of the blog, but we did find the Skorro Thanda impi male lion with one of the Mbiri Lionesses on the 23rd. They were mating close to Sable bridge. Both seemed really sleepy, and it took almost half an hour of waiting, before they did the deed. With all the possibilities with the lion dynamics at the moment, its going to be interesting to see if this pride has cubs, and whether or not the Thanda impi’s can hold on to...
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6 Dec

16-19 July 2016 – The Thanda impi males chase Mbiri male lions

Lion   Mbiri pride (2)   We had two sightings of the Mbiri’s in the four days of this blog. We didn’t see them for the first two days, but after some serious tracking, we eventually found them with two Buffalo kills, just off Rhino Run. They were also in the company of one of the Avoca male Lions. He was about 200 meters away from the pride, with one of the Buffalo carcasses. The next morning, they were found on Lomfane, and moved west from there. They continued west, and then the three young Lionesses took a sub-adult Buffalo...
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6 Dec

12-15 July 2016 – The Mbiri & the Nharhu lion pride clash!

Lion   Mbiri pride (3)   The last few days have been a bit topsy-turvy for the Mbiri pride. They were found on the 12th, just to the north of Reedbuck plains. We then found them at Mazambaan corner on the morning of the 14th. The young lionesses were playing around, and there wasn’t a care in the world. Later on in the morning, they had a huge fight with the Nharhu pride and were sent swiftly to the north, by the Nharhu’s and both Thanda Impi males. The next morning they were found with a nice big buffalo kill....
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