The internet is back on and here follows the report for March!
We had a very productive month with the resident females in our traversing.
The M‘bali female seem to have cubs as she is lactating and spending a lot of time in the northern traversing around Peru dam. No one has seen the cubs yet but she has used this area before raising Kuhanya and we will keep you updated with any news on the blog!
Ntombi finally gave birth and there was great excitement as there was a glimpse of a youngster with the mother at Steep Nhlaralumi. The cub/s may be about 2-3 weeks old and as per usual we avoid the den sight if the mother is not there until they are big enough. No pictures have been taken yet, but we‘ll post something as soon as we have it!
Rockfig jr. and her two cubs are doing very well and entertained very well over the month. They are spending a lot of time around Entrance dam and the little ones are by far THE most relaxed cubs I‘ve seen so far!
There are also some new cats in the southern portion of our traversing. A young male of about 17-19 months old called Xinope-nope (shinope-nope, meaning Weaping Boerbean, a tree specie he likes to climb in) and a young female called Rulani.
The young male gets seen quite frequently and that‘s really good news for the south. We hope he grows up strong and dominant enough to set up territory there.
The Xakubasa pride killed an adult male giraffe and feasted off the carcass for two days before they got chased off by the Timbavati males and two Machaton girls. This kill caused for quite some excitement as the Schobele youngsters all tried their luck to steal their way in to the kill. This however proved costly as the young girl got badly injured by the two lionesses of the Xakubasa pride. This brawling created lot of unwanted vocalization and this alerted the Timbavati boys from a long distance to investigate and evidently stealing the kill from them all.
The Mahlatini males also visited during the month with an unknown lioness from the Klaserie reserve. She was clearly in estrus and they surely mated. Their visit was short and they were all gone the next day.
Elephant and Cape buffalo:
Elephant sightings were on the quiet side but we still had beautiful sightings of some nice looking bulls throughout the traversing.
The buffalo herds were very active and lots of sightings were reported during the month.
There are days that we are very blessed with sightings of these grey beasts.
Mtenge-tenge is ever present around the south eastern portions. Three young bulls further down south often make an appearance close to Park dam.
The Nhlangula male found him self some company and is spending a lot of time in the west with eight other white rhino‘s! This is amazing considering the fact that we hardly ever saw rhino‘s in that area?
In general we had, as per usual, an awesome month with amazing sightings and memories that will last a lifetime? created by KINGS CAMP!
Morné Hamlyn and the Kings Camp guiding team.
Photography: Morné Hamlyn