Mwamba-Kaingos Claim the Last Waterhole for Themselves
It certainly has been one interesting week down here at Mwamba Bushcamp. We have had the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride around the Last Waterhole, taking full advantage of any animal craving a drink.
It all started early Sunday morning with us discovering a dead buffalo at the waters edge of the hide and two lionesses feeding. They spent most of the morning on the buffalo and also taking time out to drink. Once the sun started to warm up they moved further up the bank in the shade, where 6 other members of the pride were resting.
The lions remained at the hide all day, taking turns coming down to drink. The younger members of the pride also made many failed attempts at the impalas taking a risk for a quick drink. The only mammals not weary of the resting lions were the elephants. Many elephants who came to quench their thirst that day all did their best in trying to chase the lions away!
We even had a lone hippo join in on the fun, also doing his best in chasing the lions. It sometimes made us wonder if they were trying to help out all the other mammals waiting in the wings, desperately needing a drink.
Over the course of the next three days the lions made three more kills at the hide; 2 impala and 1 puku. What was also interesting is that even though the numbers of around 8 or 9 lions stayed the same, it seemed that the other half of the pride (which actually consist of around 18 members) switched out as even the male (one of the Numbu Boys) joined us for a while. It seems the other half were in the area resting in different places.
The nights have been a hive of activity with all the lions nearby and guests have been listing to the roars of lions walking around camp while we are all trying to sleep. We even managed to catch a few of them on the camera trap, drinking from the bird bath.
Thursday morning brought us a massive herd of buffalo visiting the Last Waterhole. With the lions still resting on the top bank under the trees, we were all waiting in anticipation so see if they would attempt to hunt another buffalo.
The buffalos, in their numbers, had a different idea and chased the lions to a nearby fallen Ebony Tree and wouldn’t allow them to come down.
With the lions being around for so many days, the other animals in the area caught on and started avoiding the Last Waterhole. The lions seemed a bit bored now with nothing to keep them entertained or fed and have moved on back towards the river.
With this time of year being so hot and dry everyone is needing to be near a water source and the lions are taking full advantage of this.