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.
27 September – Thursday
We found 4 new male lions this morning. We are not sure who they are, but they seem to be rather young and not from this area. They were at the bottom end of Fish Eagle Lagoon.
Chiphadzuwa the leopardess was found this morning close to Fish Eagle Lagoon. We saw Her sleeping in a Natal Mahogany tree. We left her there, and on our return that night she was still sleeping in the same tree.
28 September – Friday
This morning we found the male leopard, Golden Boy. He was asleep in a Natal Mahogany tree very close to the Elephant Hide.
Later on, we found 2 lionesses from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride. They had 3 cubs with them, possibly sired by the new Luwi Males. The cubs were suckling from there mother. This was just south of Kaingo Junction.
This afternoon on Lion Shelf we found the 4 Luwi male lions. They were tailing a herd of buffalo and continued following them into the night without attempting to hunt.
During the night safari, we found Mayi, the leopardess. She was drinking from the river close to the Hippo Hide and once she had enough to drink she made her way up the bank and towards Leopard Loop. We followed her a while until she led us to a tree with an impala carcass that she had killed.
29 September – Saturday
This morning on Lion Shelf again we found the 4 Luwi males. They were resting under a Natal Mahogany tree and seemed that they had failed to hunt the buffalo from the night before.
Later we found 2 lionesses by the Kaingo Ebony Grove. They appeared to be from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride, while we were watching them we heard the sound of a dying buffalo coming from across the river. We watched the lionesses swim across the river where we saw them get reunited with the rest f the pride who had just killed a buffalo.
That afternoon we found the leopardess, Chiphadzuwa, walking along the river bank close to Hippo Hospital. She did attempt to hunt a flock of guineafowl and failed after which she slipped away through some thick bush.
Later during the night, we ran in the Luwi Males again making their way down the main road by Fish Eagle Lagoon. They were heading back in the direction of a large herd of buffalo, to attempt a hunt possibly.
30 September – Sunday
This morning the Luwi Males were found sleeping along the road close to Fish Eagle Lagoon. It seems to attempt to hunt the buffalo was too much of a task for them.
This morning we had a great sighting. We were passing by Saddle-billed Stork Lagoon where we spotted two leopards atop a Sausage tree. The leopards were Tyson the male and an unknown female. They were mating up in the tree. When we returned that night, they were still in the same tree.
That evening Chiphadzuwa was seen moving across Fish Eagle Lagoon. She was continually calling while moving; it is possible she could be looking for a potential mate. We will need to wait and see if any males answer her call.
01 October – Monday
This afternoon as the vehicle set out from Mwamba they found the Mwamba leopardess sleeping on a dead tree just outside of camp. She has now become extremely relaxed and its fantastic that we get regular sightings of her. She lay there content until a breeding herd of elephants came along and chased her away.
In the afternoon we found the leopard Golden Boy. Still resting around in the area of the Elephant Hide. He had a very full belly.
02 October – Tuesday
This morning we heard some baboons barking in the area of debs tree. Once we arrived we saw an unknown female leopard being chased being a huge troop of baboons; she was lucky to get away.
Later that morning don by the Luangwa River we found 6 lionesses from the Hollywood Pride. They were sleeping on the river bank with full bellies as it seems the recently finished a kill.
That night we saw the 4 young male lions in the area of Hippo Hospital. Information from the carnivore research program suggests these young males are around 3-3.5 years of aged and are breakaways from the Nsefu Pride
03 October – Wednesday
This morning at the Acacia Ebony Grove we found Chiphandzuwa. She had just killed a puku. We watched her drag her kill under a nearby bush and noticed she had some fresh cuts on her back legs. Possibly she has had a run-in with another leopard.
When we return to the area that afternoon, we found Chiphadzuwa with a baby baboon. The baboon was dead, and she had not yet begun eating. She became surrounded by the entire troop of around 30 baboons but she stood her ground and refused to give up this tiny meal even though she had an entire puku stashed nearby.
We found two adolescent male lions from the Mwamba-Kaingo stream. They were resting in the Kaingo Ebony Grove with full bellies. This was on the night game drive.