Thanda Impi male Lions
We found both males having a very dozy nap on Catwalk west, so they moved back into Mbiri pride territory. There really isn’t much to be said about the sighting, because the highlight was the Sizanani male rolling over once. That however is Lions!
We also one sighting of 7 of the Talamati pride, one of the adult females and 6 sub-adults. They were found on S8 link, and we found them just as they got going. Initially the sighting was very sluggish, with some of the sub-adults posing beautifully, but besides that not much. After about 15 minutes, the adult female started stalking some Impala, but they soon moved out of range of the inexperienced Lions.
This male is still flirting with the north of the reserve, but seems to be hanging around in the area, rather than moving on and off the reserve. He is an incredibly confident male and a real threat to the Rhulani male in this area. We found him on Civet road, lying next to a large Sodic site. He stayed in the shade and then after about an hour moved deeper into the drainage area. He is easily recognized by having 1 spot about the whisker lines, on either side of his face. I think this is a male we are going to be seeing a lot of.
Ntsuntsu male Leopard
We found the Ntsuntsu male twice over the 2 days. He was first found at Khoka Moya Dam, where he moved into the drainage line to sleep through the heat of the day. That same afternoon, we found him courting with an unknown female on Ngala loop. She took off, and we followed him as he followed her scent. He also started showing some confidence, when he started rasping. We eventually left him, moving west across Ngala loop.
Other views of the bush
Until the next blog
Darren and the Tintswalo Safari Team