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
21 June – Thursday
We found the leopardess, Chiphadzuwa, this morning at Hippo Hide. She started stalking some puku close by, but they spotted her as some baboon raised the alarm and started barking.
Later on at Fish Eagle Lagoon, we found 7 lionesses of the Hollywood Pride joined by the 2 Numbu Boys. The lionesses spotted an unknown leopard up a tree with a kill. One lioness managed to climb the tree and retrieve the carcass, forcing the leopard to hide in the topmost branches. That afternoon on our return the lions were still hanging around and the leopard had since disappeared.
That evening the leopardess, Mayi, was seen for the first time this season sleeping in a sausage tree on Leopard Loop.
Not too far away we found the large male leopard, Luambe, also atop a sausage tree feeding on a baby bushbuck. We seem to think he had stolen this kill away from Mayi.
22 June – Friday
We found Chiphadzuwa this more at a waterhole close to Two Tree Crossing this morning. The leopardess was stalking a kudu but unfortunately missed.
Later on, we saw an unknown female leopard at Numbu Lagoon, after some time we discovered she had a 3month old cub with her. Not too far away there was an impala carcass in a tree. When we returned that afternoon, she was feeding on the carcass with her cub, and we discovered a second cub hiding in the tall grass below the tree.
That same afternoon, on the opposite side of the lagoon we found unknown lioness watching a hyena. The hyena was feeding on a buffalo who had got stuck in the thick mud in the lagoon.
That night close to the Small Baobab, we found 15 members of the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride sleeping and looking well fed.
Later on, 3 lionesses from the Hollywood Pride were seen around Pelican Lagoon trying to hunt any prey they could find but were unsuccessful.
23 June – Saturday
One lioness from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride was found this morning in the Kaingo Ebony Grove. She was busy feeding on a baboon until a small clan of hyenas arrived and stole it from her.
6 lionesses from the Hollywood Pride were found on Acacia Riverside. They were all resting on the beach, looking fat and covered in blood from a successful hunt no doubt.
At Hippo Lagoon we found the new pack of 4 wild dogs. Some vultures were close by feeding on some impala remains, while the dogs were sleeping looking very well fed.
The 6 females were at it again that night hunting on Lion Plains but were unsuccessful.
Chiphadzuwa was seen tonight sleeping on the banks of Fish Eagle looking very well fed.
When we returned to Kaingo an unknown leopard was spotted resting behind chalet 5.
24 June – Sunday
This morning at Kaingo junction the new pack of 8 wild dogs was found resting and looking very well fed.
By Fish Eagle Lagoon Top End we found an unknown male lion. We saw this male twice last year close to Elephant Bend, and he seems to be a nomadic male covered in scars and has a torn nose.
That afternoon we found the Kaingo Pack of 9 wild dogs sleeping under the small baobab looking very fat and content.
Just down the road, we found the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride. 14 lionesses with one cub sleeping on the 040 close to Charles Lagoon.
25 June – Monday
We started the day with 9 wild dogs from the Kaingo Pack joining us for morning tea and breakfast at Mwamba. We heard them take down a bushbuck during the night and we were lucky to see them that morning.
After some tracking from our guides, an unknown female leopard was found at Fish Eagle Lagoon this morning. She had killed a baboon and ended up dragging her kill into some thick bushes before she started feeding.
This afternoon on the Geosource Road we found the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride. 14 lionesses with 1 cub, one lioness climbed up a tree where she was stuck for 45min before she finally resorted to jumping back to solid ground.
26 June – Tuesday
This morning at the Hippo Hide we found Mayi the leopardess. After a short while sleeping, she awoke and moved off towards Leopard Loop. There is still no sign of her two cubs from last season.
4 young male lions (3years) who have broken away from the Luwi Pride were seen this afternoon on Guineafowl Plains. For now, they are relaxed but we wonder what will happen should they run into the Numbu Boys.
27 June – Wednesday
Chiphadzuwa was seen sleeping in the gully next to Hippo Hide this morning. Later she moved to Acacia Loop looking very well fed.
14 members of the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride were found hunting in the Acacia Ebony Grove. They had no luck however and eventually settled down.
The 4 breakaway young Luwi Males were seen at Hippo Lagoon this morning. They were feeding on a buffalo and judging by the numerous lion tracks in the area we assume they stole the kill away from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride.
An unknown leopardess was found outside Mwamba feeding on a baboon. We think it is the same leopardess seen last week and we hope to see more of her in the future.
1 male lion of the Numbu Boys was found at the Top End of Fish Eagle Lagoon. He was crossing over the lagoon been followed and harassed by a herd of alarm calling puku.
That night while some of our guests were enjoying sundowners they saw Chiphadzuwa walking along the beach in front of Acacia Loop and moments later heard the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride roaring from the area just north of Acacia Loop.