This last week has produced some incredible sightings. Join us weekly as we look back on all the big cat sightings our guests got to enjoy at Shenton Safaris. We will also include any sightings of the African wild dogs from the area.
19 July – Thursday
On Lion Plains this morning we found the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride. 15 lions together just resting in the shade of a tree watching for any prey to pass by.
We caught up with the same pride later that night to find them trailing 200m behind a large herd of buffalo. The buffalo settled down and started to sleep. We were sure we would see the lions hunt but after 30minutes we saw the pride had decided to rest nearby instead.
That afternoon we found the leopardess, Chiphadzuwa. She was at the top end of Fish Eagle Lagoon. Upon closer inspection we found a male lion, one of the Numbu Boys, feeding on a baboon only 10 meters away. We can only assume this was Chiphadzuwa’s kill which was stolen by the Numbu Boy male lion.
20 July – Friday
This morning by the Mwamba Big Baobab we found the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride. 15 lions looking very hungry. We are not sure why but they did not attempt to hunt the buffalo herd they were close to last night.
The 4 young Luwi Males managed to kill a buffalo very close to the Last Watering Hole Hide. They were enjoying their kill when a lioness also arrived trying to get some of the buffalo as well. The male lions were aggressive towards her and forced her away. After we followed for a short while she led us to the rest of her pride. 9 members of the Kapanda Pride! What a fantastic sighting to have them back in the area. We hope to see more of them in the coming months.
21 July – Saturday
The dominant male leopard Luambe was seen this morning walking along the river bank close to Hippo Hide. He was bleeding very badly from his neck, and it seems he was in a big fight with another leopard. He slipped away into some bushes, and we left him to have some privacy.
That afternoon we spotted the young leopardess, Chiphadzuwa, sleeping in the gully in front of the Hippo Hide looking full and relaxed.
We also caught up with the 4 young Luwi male lions. They were resting on Crocodile Loop, as fat as ever after finishing off their buffalo from the day before. Less than 100m away were the 9 lionesses from the Kapanda Pride. We wonder if these males will be showing some interest in this pride.
22 July – Sunday
Luambe was seen again this afternoon, this time up a tree by Shortcut-Crossing. His injury to his neck is severe and very severely swollen. He did, however, have a full belly which will count in his favour. Could this be the end of Luambe? He has a 50/50 chance at the moment. We will keep you all posted if we see him and how he is doing.
23 July – Monday
Today started off with a special sighting of the leopardess Shy Girl. She was close to Kaingo Junction dragging an impala over the road. Out of the bushes came 4 hyena and chased her away. We hope to see her again soon.
This afternoon just behind Chalet 5 at Kaingo we saw Mayi the leopardess. She was stalking a bushbuck. She managed to stalk within just a few meters before she was spotted and the bushbuck fled for safety.
24 July – Tuesday
The pack of 9 wild dogs was seen this morning resting right in the middle of Lion Plains. Instead of resting they decided to play with each other running around a bit before the heat of the day set in. Later that afternoon we found them resting in the same area.
The Mwamba leopardess was seen this morning on Crocodile Loop. Our first sighting of her was 6 weeks ago, and she was extremely shy. Now we are seeing her on a regular basis, and she is extremely relaxed, and we are so happy to have a new leopard in the area.
The Hollywood Pride was found tonight by the top end of Fish Eagle Lagoon. 5 Lionesses trying to hunt anything they could find but had no luck.
25 July – Wednesday
This morning we saw one of the lionesses from the Hollywood Pride. She was atop a tree close to Elephant Bend. She heard the roaring from a male lion not too far away. She climbed down the tree and headed towards the roaring where she found one of the young Luwi males calling for his brothers. There was some interaction between briefly before they went their separate ways.
Later that morning we found an unknown leopardess on Khalamaso Island. She was being chased by a massive troop of baboons, and she managed to escape into a nearby thicket.
That night we had an incredible sighting. We found 5 lionesses from the Hollywood Pride attempt to hunt a medium sized hippo. They cornered the hippo and jumped on his back. The hippo took off running all the way down to the river with the lioness riding on his back. The lion jumped off just before they entered the water and the hippo escaped safely. This all took place on Lion Shelf.
We had a glimpse of an unknown leopard cub around 9 months of age running across the road at the Big Baobab. We wonder who the mother could be?
That night we caught up with the single Luwi male lion in the area of Elephant Bend. He managed to find a small dead hippo at a pool of water and was feeding by himself; we are not sure where his brothers are at the moment.