To all our guests and followers of our monthly newsletter a warm welcome from our wonderful part of the Kruger National park where we have the privilege of taking our wonderful guests on safari on this 10 000-hectare wilderness. The concession is changing into the typical winter vegetation and with water becoming scarce the water holes in front of the lodges are a constant source of activity and amazement for the guests, with a constant flow of game coming in for a drink. It has been another special month on the concession with guests enjoying every moment on safari and never knowing what will happen around the next turn. The Hyenas have been very active this last month and numerous times the vehicles have found them fighting over kills stolen either from an unfortunate Leopard or from the wild dogs. But this is the joy of the Kruger park in that it is so vast the constant ebb and flow of the different species and ever-changing territories one is never sure what you will witness from one day to the next.
Sightings of Lion on the concession have once again left us guessing as to what is going on in terms of different prides all over the place and splinter groups of other Lions coming in and out of the property. The lone male from the Mbiri pride was seen a couple of times around Hamilton’s and even with some of the females from the Hamilton’s pride, so we wait to see if he will stay in the area as he seems to have secured himself a place with the other females. The Imbali pride was seen a couple of times around the concession still only the one adult female, but the sub adults are getting larger by the day and its becoming difficult to tell the difference. The older male is developing nicely and showing the start of an impressive mane.
It was a slow start to the month in the Leopard department but it changed as always. The young female around Hoyo was seen for four days as she had secured an Impala kill up a tree and gave us some fantastic images as the Hyenas waited below for any scraps that might fall down. We also had three different sightings of Wabayiza all over the concession as we said last month he seems to have started to expand the area he traverses. There were also various sightings at the waterholes of all the lodges mostly during the evenings as guests where enjoying their supper.
These highly endangered carnivores are always a special sighting and never common as their numbers are only around 400 in the entire park and territories can be as large as 75 square kilometres. Like all cats they have amazing eyesight and can spot an antelope at 2 kilometres away. This month we had one sighting of a lone female on our southern boundary patrolling some open plains in search of potential prey.