To all who have joined us here on this beautiful concession and experienced the wonders of the Kruger National Park we hope you return one day again. The concession is a special place of beauty where trees as old as time itself stand tall along the riverbanks and we can only wonder the stories they could tell. The amazing wildlife we are privileged to witness on our safaris with our excited guests. This month has been no different and we have witnessed some really special sightings. One standout for this month would have to be a female lioness trying to kill a pangolin. Although she never managed to even injure the Pangolin which rolled itself tightly into a ball, it still provided our guests with an amazing sighting.
Sightings of Lion on the concession have left all of us wondering who they are and where they have come from, with many different prides, break away prides and individuals being seen on concession. The Talamati break away pride had a kudu kill close to Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge, this pride consists of 2 females, 3 subadult males and 3 smaller cubs of various ages. The Imbali Pride is still very active on the concession moving between Imbali to our Far Southern Border and back again. 2 Adult females during the last few sightings we are hoping that they are off mating or have already possibly had cubs. Brief visuals of some of the sub adult males from Hamiltons pride have been seen, although the pride tends to stay further south east up S125 nowdays. No sightings of our two males from Hamiltons pride, one lone male found with 2 younger females presumed to be Hamiltons females late in the month. Information from a reliable source tells us this is an ousted male from the Mbiri Pride in Manyeleti, spent a couple of days on concession and has not been seen since.
Amazing sightings throughout the month for leopard again here on concession including, special moments with Nkhanye and her cubs. Wabayisa our resident Male from Hamiltons has been spending time moving around concession again this month, seems to be broadening his territory to include Imbali. Female leopard spotted almost every day for about a week around Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge. Imbali Female also been seen a few times between the staff village for Imbali and the waterhole. Tshidulu has not been seen through this month, one wonders now that his mother has new cubs and he can longer steal food from her if he has indeed starting to searching for his own territory. We are hoping he will pop out again soon, his character and comfort with vehicles has always made for special sightings with guests.
Only one sighting of Cheetah this month, found close to Imbali staff village by our staff just before afternoon drive. Head Ranger follow the two young males for a while and managed to witness the kill, as the two males pulled down a fully grown impala. Luckily all our guests got to see them relaxing with very full bellies a short while after.