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.
The bush is still very dry, but we are hoping that we will receive some proper rain soon. There were some showers during the month, but the thirsty land made short work of the available water. The Concession has been extremely busy, guests and sightings alike, and the waterholes in front of the lodges display a constant ebb and flow of animals large and small.
One sighting had guides and guests amazed at how the bush can change in a heartbeat. One afternoon after being out on drive for an hour and had been relatively quiet until one of the guides found 5 Cheetah. While the guide was responding to the Cheetah, another vehicle spotted two Lions hardly a kilometre from the cheetah sighting. Then 5 Rhino were found as well as a massive herd of about 300 buffalo. And this all occurred in a radius of about 2 kilometres of each other. So just goes to show, you never know what surprises you may find in this amazing wilderness.
It has been another amazing month as far as these big cats are concerned with multiple sightings all over the concession.
The Hamilton’s pride along with the three new cubs are all doing well and were seen almost daily around the camp. They had made multiple Kudu kills on which they were feeding.
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.
It was another tough month as far as these elusive predators are concerned. This is hardly surprising when the number of Lions moving around the concession are taken into account and it is no surprise they are keeping a low profile.
We did see Wabayiza the dominant male leopard on the concession after a long absence. He was patrolling along the riverfront and making very good use of all available cover in the process.
The guests at Hoyo Hoyo had a fantastic show while having dinner as a young female leopard came to drink at the waterhole. A pride of lions arrived shortly after her and she was chased up a tree while the Lions lay in wait. Then a herd of Elephants arrived and chased off the Lions which gave the Leopard just enough time to make a quick escape.
Cheetah are always a very special sighting as they are extremely rare to see. This month we had some fantastic sightings of a female cheetah with two sub adults in tow patrolling the open grasslands on our southern boundary looking for a potential meal.
There was another sighting of 5 Cheetah all together in the same area two weeks later. The dynamics of the 5 cheetahs was hard to figure out, but it looked as if they were 4 sub adults being chased away by their mother as it was now time for them to venture out on their own.