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.

18 October – Thursday 

This morning we found 3 lionesses from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride sleeping under a Sausage Tree by Fish Eagle Lagoon.

We continued our search and later found another young male lion of the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride in the Kaingo Ebony Grove and not too far down the road at Kaingo Junction we saw another 6 lionesses from the same pride. The young male was sleeping on the river bank while the females were resting out in the open.

Further south we went, and we found another 4 lionesses for the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride who were also in the company of one small cub. 1 of the lionesses has had a bad injury and her back leg which seems to be healing up. What a  great morning full of lions.

Another 3 lionesses from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride were seen in Lion Plains. There were with the 4 Luwi Males and were feeding together on a Buffalo.

During the afternoon drive, we found the large male leopard, Golden Boy. He was crossing Guineafowl Plains heading in the direction of Longcut Crossing; he didn’t seem at all interested in hunting because he was extremely well fed.

19 October – Friday

In the afternoon the leopardess, Chiphadzuwa, was found on Andy Loop. She was sleeping in a Sausage tree and came down in an attempt to hunt. She tried for a small heard of impala but was quickly spotted in an open area and was unsuccessful.

The 4 Luwi males were seen sleeping on Crocodile Loop. They were not too far away from a herd of buffalo which we are sure they are trailing.

After sunset, we found 2 lionesses from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride in the Kaingo Ebony Grove. They were hunting a small herd of impala, but unfortunately for them, they were unsuccessful.

20 October – Saturday

This morning at Shortcut Crossing 3 lionesses from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride were found sleeping on the river bank.

Later on, 6 Hollywood lionesses were found sleeping under some bushes on Acacia Loop. From what we could see they all looked very well fed.

That afternoon we saw an unknown female leopard feeding on the remains of an impala nearby the Hippo Hide.

21 October – Sunday

This morning we found 3 lionesses from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride sleeping near shortcut Crossing. They were relaxing until a large bull elephant came along and chased them off. They then headed towards Longcut Crossing.

22 October – Monday

The leopardess, Lady Mwamba, was seen this morning close to the Crocodile Loop turn off. She was hunting and heading in the direction of Mwamba Camp.

23 October – Tuesday

This morning 3 Lionesses from the Mwamba-Kaingo pride were found sleeping soundly by Hippo Hospital.

During the afternoon safari, we found a young unknown leopard. We were on Mwamba Island and estimated the leopard at about 8 months of age. He was sleeping in a tee, but as we got closer, he jumped out the tree and fled. Hopefully, he will settle down next season, and we get to know him a bit better.

24 October – Wednesday

This morning we found the leopardess, Mayi. She was in the gully of Shortcut Crossing and was slowly making her way towards Hippo Hospital.

This morning 6 lionesses from the Kapanda Pride were found sleeping under a large Sausage Tree on Kahlamaso Island. The Kapanda Pride is pushing further and further into the Hollywood Prides territory, leaving the Hollywood missing lately.

In the afternoon the leopardess, Mayi, was found sleeping on Leopard Loop. After sunset, she got up and began stalking along, but we did not manage to see her find any prey.

Big Cat Roundup


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