To all our guests past and present, and those that are still to come, a warm welcome from the beautiful Mluwati Concession here in the famous Kruger National Park.
What an amazing transformation in the bush here on Mluwati Concession we have been blessed with over 100mm of rain through the month, although driving has been a little tricky and some river crossings closed all of our guests have been able to experience this awesome transformation with us. Being the festive season guests have been treated to some of the most amazing sightings throughout the month.
We would like to wish all of our guests all the very best for 2019, to those who will be coming for the first time through the new year we look forward to hosting you all here with us. To all of our guests who shared the festive season with us we would like to extend our thanks to you and your families for sharing our unique concession with us.
Although this has been a relatively quiet month for Lions, there have still be some great sightings. The Hamiltons cubs are still doing well but getting bigger by the day, Imbali Pride have been scarce this month and since the river is now flowing we presume that they are in the Nkhombe / Hammerkop block which is now inaccessible due to the river flowing. Some new lions have been seen on our western cutline which are unknown to us. Torchwood pride has been seen once this month briefly at KNP Corner, and a couple of Big Males were also seen around concession.
The Imbali lion pride were seen on several occasions throughout the central parts of the concession as well as on a Buffalo kill which we think died of natural causes. The Pride chased the Hyenas off the buffalo kill and scavenged a free meal in the process. There were also some nomadic sub adult males and Lionesses which were seen around the western Boundary.
A wow month for leopard, Shidulu has been sighted around Hamilton’s Tented Camp in the beginning of December but still remains further south of the camp most of the time, Nkhanye “cub” has now left her mother and she has been seen on a few occasions on the S125 lying in a tree or crossing the road. She has become a great sight for all of our guests and even for the public with her relatively relaxed nature around the vehicles. Spook has given the guides some really breath-taking sightings of himself throughout the month – as his name means “ghost” he will normally give guests a sneak preview and then disappear it has been relatively different with him this month. Wabayisa is still moving around between Hamilton’s, Hoyo Hoyo and also Imbali and is seen from time to time marking territories or wandering through the riverbed.
What an amazing month for cheetah sightings, 3 cheetahs seen on the road close to Imbali Access, 3 cheetahs have been very active along Western and Southern Cutline. The rains have bought on the birth of Impala lambs which seem to be the favour of the 3 Cheetah around Imbali and Hamilton’s. Guides and guests have been entertained throughout the month by these rare and unique predators.