Big Cat Roundup

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.

13 September – Thursday 

This morning we found 4 sub adult male lions from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride at the Hippo Hide.  2 of the males were trying to hunt some warthog that wanted to come and have a drink by the water. However, they were unsuccessful. The other two males slept on the river bank and watched on with curiosity. Later, they were joined by one lioness from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride, who climbed up a tree to have a nap.

The leopardess, Chiphadzuwa, was seen on Lion Shelf this afternoon. She was sleeping close to the water’s edge and looked as if she had fed recently.

This afternoon we found the unnamed male leopard of the Kaingo Ebony Grove. He was making his way to the grove, looking for a potential meal. After having no success, he wandered down to the water’s edge for a drink. We have decided to now refer to this leopard as the Kaingo Male as we are having regular sightings of him in this area.

14 September – Friday

We started off with finding the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride. 14 Lions were feeding on a female buffalo that they had recently killed. Later they were joined by the 2 Numbu Boys. The kill was located on the edge of the Kaingo Ebony Grove close to the river. When we returned that afternoon, the carcass was almost finished, and all the lions were sleeping with full bellies.

Later that same morning we found the lovely leopardess Chiphadzuwa. She was at the top end of Fish Eagle Lagoon sleeping in a Sausage Tree. She looked remarkably well fed and had no doubt recently finished off a kill.

15 September – Saturday

Early this morning on Acacia River Drive we found a few hyenas having a go at a lone hippo stuck in a small pool of water. The noise attracted 2 lionesses from the Hollywood Pride who quickly chased the hyenas away. Shortly after the hyena returned, now with 13 members of the clan and a fight broke out. The lions were no match for the hyenas and needed to retreat.

14 lions of the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride were sleeping in the same location where they finished off the buffalo from yesterday, the river side of the Kaingo Ebony Grove.

Chiphadzuwa was found again by the top end of Fish Eagle Lagoon. She was resting atop a Tamarind Tree and below was an almost fully intact impala carcass. Later on, the leopardess came down the tree and began feeding.

Later that afternoon we found the Kaingo male leopard sleeping in a dried out river bed close to our mobile hide which is currently on Leopard Loop.

16 September – Sunday

During the morning safari, we managed to find Chiphadzuwa the leopardess. She was sleeping atop a tree on Acacia River Drive.

Later on, we found 11 lions of the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride with the 2 Numbu Boys. They were attempting to hunt buffalo, not too far away from the Elephant Hide. They made contact with the buffalo and one female managed to make it onto the back of an individual, but in the end, they were unsuccessful.

This afternoon we saw the Kaingo male leopard, close to our mobile hide on Leopard Loop. Today he was sleeping at the base of a tree. We could see the remains of an impala carcass right on the topmost branches, but there was not much left.

17 September – Monday

14 lions from the Mwamba-Kaingo pride were spotted this morning. They were walking along the Luangwa River bank close to the Kaingo Ebony Grove. After watching them for some time they had a drink of water from the river before making their way into some thick bush for a nap.

An unknown male leopard was seen tonight making his way through the Acacia Ebony Grove. He was scent marking as he went along and looked as if he was trying to reinforce a new territory.

18 September – Tuesday

Again this morning at the Kaingo Ebony Grove we found 14 members of the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride. They were attempting to hunt some impala with little success and later decided it was better to sleep.

19 September – Wednesday

2 Numbu Boys and 2 lionesses of the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride were seen this morning. They were at the riverside of the Kaingo Ebony Grove. The 2 females were playing around in the shade of the tree while the 2 Numbu Boys roared away while resting on the river bank.

That afternoon we saw the 4 Luwi Male lions on Gideon Loop. They were resting on the roadside and were in the company of a lioness who we think is from the Kapanda Pride. We suspect these males have moved further inland during this last week

Big Cat Roundup


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