Yet another two months have passed in a flash, and what an amazing two months it has been. Filled with spectacular game viewing, astonishing animal behaviour and interaction. And that might just be one of the reasons why people return to the African bush…you never know what you might see next!
Dayone started to be his old self again by patrolling the whole extent of his territory. Unfortunately, late in September he was seen limping very badly again. Hopefully he can bounce back as he did before.
Kashane was again only seen a couple of times before he returned to the East.
Nyeleti have provided us with some great sightings. He seems to be taking more of his kills up a tree. He is once again in top shape and has recovered from all previous injuries. He was also mating with Hlaba Nkunzi for a couple of days.
Over these two months there have been very few sightings of Torchwood. He has been keeping a low profile and also possibly having a look at some other territories outside of the West.
Ravenscourt have been spending more time in the Western Sector. After his mother was killed he turned into a beautiful young male Leopard.
Hlaba Nkunzi have been moving around quite a lot and sightings have been scattered. She did however walk straight through the camp and reception on a couple of occasions, barely giving any notice to the guests standing in reception and watching in awe as such a beautiful animal saunters by.
Scotia started off in August by stealing a Waterbuck kill from a Cheetah. She had made her own Duiker kill close by and heard the Cheetah making its kill. Being the opportunistic animals that they are Scotia took a chance and managed to chase the Cheetah away. She seems to be doing extremely well.
Thlangisa and the two cubs are also in tip top shape. The two youngsters are growing day by day and becoming more and more playful. Thlangisa is still providing food on a regular basis, making sure the cubs stay safe and healthy.
Xikavi seems to be pregnant yet again. With the amount of times that she was mating with Nyeleti, we assume that he must be the father. Hopefully this time around her full motherly instincts will kick in and will she be able to raise the cubs to independence.
The Dam 3 female have been her elusive self, and only seen once or twice on rare occasion. She was found on an Impala kill and also once trying to get the affection of Dayone.
The Majingilane males have continued their hostile takeover of the West. Chasing down the females in both prides. They have continued their mating with the Othawa females, and also seem to have mated with one of the Ximhungwe females.
The Othawa pride has managed to keep the two remaining sub adults alive. There have also been reports of one of the sub adults being in the presence of one of the Majingilane males without any aggression. The two sub adults have managed to kill their own Warthog without any assistance from the adults.
The Ximhungwes have kept the Majingilane at bay once again. Two of the males managed to track them down, but the somehow escaped their onslaught and one of the females led them away and mated with the one male. There are still five sub adults alive and well.
Cheetah sightings are becoming a regular thing in the West. We have been lucky to see a couple of individuals over the last two months.
The Hyenas have been very active in the West. Most of the nights you can hear their distinct calls surrounding the camp.
The Wild Dogs decided to make their return to the West. They have brought their new litter of puppies for us to see. These painted wolves are always a special treat for rangers and guests alike.
Some of the migratory birds have already made their return back for Summer. The Wahlbergs Eagles are already in their nests from the previous years and we can hear the call of the Red Chested Cuckoos. We are still awaiting the beautiful call of the Woodland Kingfisher to wake us up in the mornings.
General game sightings never disappoint. With rare sightings of Civet and Serval mixed in with massive herds of Buffalo and Elephant moving through the area.
Summer at Leopard Hills is in full swing as we await the first of the rains to fill up the watering holes and turn the bush into a lush green once again.
Written and compiled by Hugo Breed and Johan de la Rey.