Lions! Lions! Lions!
The King of the Savannah dominated the month of January with various prides spotted throughout the concession. The cats were often seen on the hunt for their next meal, filling up their bellies with the day’s catch or simply cooling off in the shade of a leadwood tree on the warmer days.
The arrival of two new young adult males to the Scott’s area grabbed the attention of the territorial brothers, Ngqwele and Butch. Although no encounters between the two coalitions were witnessed, the tracks of the males revealed that the males’ claws were out – perhaps ready for a standoff?
The bluebush surrounding Makalolo Pan remained a safe haven for one of the lionesses and her four young cubs which were occasionally spotted romping in the nearby grass. The return to the Linkwasha plains of Stompie Tail and her pride was a cause for great excitement for all as we continue to follow the famous pride’s journey through life.
Young impala and wildebeest were at the mercy of the ravenous pack of 15 wild dogs frequently sighted around the concession. The puppies of the pack soon learnt the vital lesson of team effort and communication amongst themselves in an attempted take-down of a zebra foal right at Tent 7 in camp. After many tries to secure their prey, the sturdy defence of the zebra stallions protecting their young left the pack of dogs thirsty, panting and still in search of a meal.
Elusive no more were leopard, with three spotted on different occasions during the day at Madison Pan. Our guests were treated to flashes of the cats climbing up the nearest trees, grooming and a rare instance of what seemed to be one posing for a few shots.
January also brought about the separation of the two local cheetah brothers; we believe one of them has wandered off in search of a mate. The remaining brother continues to be a predator to be reckoned with, managing to take down a young impala alone near the Linkwasha staff houses. With all the lions about, he has had to tread carefully.
Birds and Birding
Over 250 species of birds were recorded in January with a few interesting specifics to note. A pale chanting goshawk was seen around the Ngamo open area, and there were sightings of a Eurasian hobby closer to camp. The open area around camp is alive with flocks of both sacred and glossy ibises, while the red-billed and Hottentot teals are resident in the front pan. A painted snipe was recently seen at Scott’s, and the shaft-tailed whydah is often seen in the Scott’s vlei. A flamingo with an injured wing has become a permanent fixture at the Ngamo pan.
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Staff in Camp
Camp Managers: Jeremy Claringbold and Joe Hanly
Departmental Managers: Yeukai Chihambakwe, Avias Ncube and Bridget Mack
Pro Guides: Joshua Magaya and Tendayi Ketayi
Learner Guides: Livingstone Sana, Eustace Mativire, Lovemore Nauwakhe and Edison Chikukwa