Thursday 26th September
When we think of a leopard laying in a sausage tree, we think of that iconic position- a position exuding a state of complete calmness and composure. Patrick and his guest spot a small leopard in a sausage tree. However, this leopard does not lay on his belly allowing his legs to dangle either side of a horizontal branch. Rather, this leopard crouches to attention as he examines the impala that feed in the distance. The herd of impala edge ever closer to the small male cat, as every inch closes in, the leopard tightens his body to shield his presence from the potential prey. Closer and closer the herd come until the piercing bark of a baboon disturbs the peace, the impalas lift their heads to attention before springing off to safety. The leopard relaxes his body knowing his opportunity has gone.
Friday 27th September
What’s left of a large buffalo lays in amongst 18 full lions. The M-K’s do not go hungry, three males, two cubs and 13 female lions govern the main shelf. Although well-fed, absolutely nothing will dare to come within close quarters of this fierce pride tonight.
Saturday 28th September
Mama Kaingo is spotted in a tree and beside her is her evening’s winnings. This pretty leopard has successfully stalked, killed and brought a puku into the safe haven of a tamarind tree. Out of scavengers way, Mama Kaingo quietly bites away fur from the puku kill in preparation to feed into the night.
Sunday 29th September
The dappled shade of a tamarind tree shades the four M-K’s that are currently on the correct side of the Luangwa River. Two adult females and two cubs snooze into the mid-day showing little concern for the rest of the pride that continues to check the water’s edge for the opportunity to cross back into their territory.
Monday 30th September
The M-K’s have been surveying the banks of the Luangwa River for some time now. The pride is split up, five lions are within The South Luangwa National Park and the rest remain on the side of the natural boundary of the park. Within the Nsefu sector, The M-K’s appear to be dipping in and out of states of considering their crossing home and moments of rest on the sandy banks. Shayne assesses the situation from Kaingo’s elephant hide, legs raised in the air, tails flicking only to ward off flies, these lions are not crossing today.
Tuesday 1st October
Copious pairs of binoculars’ have been fixed on the camel-coloured bank that sits opposite Kaingo’s elephant hide. In true lion fashion, the big cats lay lazily only occasionally getting up to drink. Warily, the lions sip from the water, assessing what swims within it, too many crocodiles occupy the waters for them to cross.
Wednesday 2nd October
Patrick and his guest watch two lethargic male lions consider hunting a warthog. As one of the brothers forces himself out of his lazy state to attempt the hunt, the other does not bother. Patrick and his guest are fascinated by the pair’s dynamics and decide to watch them through the afternoon. As the duo laugh at the laziness of one brother, but their mockery is quickly silenced! The lazy brother begins a stalk that succeeds.