The month of August was dry and the daily temperatures were starting to rise, which gave us some great wildlife sightings and good concentrations of animals at the more permanent water sources.
The oldest lioness of the Chitabe Pride has recently become the mother of three cubs! These are just about two-and-half to three months old. The cubs are healthy and in good condition. The lioness kept her cubs near Chitabe Camp, close to the bridge, which enabled us to see them on a regular basis. It was also a wonderful welcome for guests arriving at the camps!
The Gomoti Channel area with its big, open floodplains and variety of vegetation has been particularly productive this last month, with big herds of buffalo and other general game being prolific.
The leopards on the Chitabe Concession have developed a very interesting skill of hunting out of trees. We had an excellent sighting near Leopard Tree with four leopards at the same place feeding on an impala which was killed by one of the females, so we quite literally witnessed a "leap of leopards". In a week we watched four leopards hunting from the same tree at different times of the day. There must be something they really like about that tree!
We witnessed the Acacia Male leopard in action - chasing a female up a tree. They did not get into any serious confrontation as the male ended up walking away into the thick bushes leaving the female up in the tree.
The Gomoti Female leopard has two cubs which are still a little shy when the vehicles approach. During our last sighting, they had they just finished feeding on a female kudu which was killed by their mother.
"We loved the rustic environment, and loved the fact that there was no television or distractions. Great staff and knowledgeable guides. This was our first time spending quality time with leopards. Thank you very much."
"Great staff! Friendly and professional. Fantastic game viewing. Love the décor in the common area and guest tents!"
"I really enjoyed the dinner and dancing and singing in the boma. It was so fantastic, THANK YOU! The game drives here were exceptional; I loved seeing all the cats. They were a sight I will never forget."
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Staff in Camp
Managers: Alex, Masedi, Kris and Six at Main Camp. Moalosi and Joel at Lediba.
Guides: BB, Anthony, Luke, Thuso, Gordon and Molemi.