What a treat February has been for guests and guides alike, from the smallest insects with fascinating colours to the biggest of animals, it really has been the month for sightings.
The concession received quite a lot of rain through the month which has made for interesting travelling to and from the lodges. Always ready for adventure our guides here have enjoyed driving further off the concession with incredible sightings. February being the month of Love of course couples have been treated to special sightings and days at the lodges.
It has also been a good month for lions this month, both on and off the concession. The Skybed Male has been seen around the dam close to Muzandzeni Picnic Site. Pride of lions treated our guests, close to Nhlanguleni feeding on a Giraffe kill close to the road. Hamilton pride were seen on a couple of occasions around the camp and further west, Imbali pride has not been seen for a while, unfortunately their current location is unknown. A pride of lion, thought to be the breakaway pride from Talamati, were found lying around on Hoyo Hoyo plains. They moved past the back side of Imbali Staff Village and were found lying on the side of the road close to Imbali Main Gate. As the day grew hotter they moved down into the riverbed close to Room 1 but were unfortunately gone by the next morning.
A very slow month as far as these elusive predators go. The female leopard Nkanye’s cub has been seen around Hamilton’s Tented Camp a few times through the month. The female cub was very relaxed around the vehicles which provided our guests with some amazing encounters with her. Nkhanye has also been seen around Hamilton’s. It seems she has come into season again as she was seen scent marking and moving around quite a lot. Wabayisa has only been seen once this month with an Impala Kill close to 90-degree corner. He then disappeared into Manyeleti Game Reserve shortly after and has not been seen since. The young male leopard Tshidulu has made an enormous move as he has been seen in the Timbavati Game Reserve about 80km away from us.
4 Cheetah were seen briefly on Southern Cutline this month, so sightings for these rare predators has been relatively quiet. One of our vehicles who ventured away from the concession was lucky enough to see a cheetah kill an impala right in front of his game drive vehicle. Guests were both delighted and weary of the goings on that day, as many guests arrive with expectations of seeing a kill, but this is also an incredibly emotional thing for some of them to witness.