The adventures that lay ahead
“As the New Year dawns, so do the many challenges we all face lay ahead. We sincerely pray that 2021 will be the year of recovery when we can bid a final farewell to Covid and get back to some form of normality.
The Leopard Hills Team would like to wish all of you a blessed, safe and healthy 2021, we are open for business and we hope to see you in the bush with us in the near future.” – Duncan Rodgers
The New Year started off in a spectacular fashion as a bright, full moon lit up the way as we moved from 2020 into 2021.
With the current switch up in lion dynamics, it seems as if we have another two male lions that have entered the area. The Nkuhuma male and the Styx male have arrived overnight. Only time will tell what will happen when they bump into the Matimba male, Tumbela brothers or the sub-adult Othawa lions.
The region has received a fantastic amount of rain this season. We have noticed a considerable influx of elephants as well as an exciting array of waterfowl like Dwarf Bittern, Painted Snipe and other waders.
The bush is currently littered with an assortment of bush flowers. Blue, red, orange, white and yellow petals instantly grab your attention as you head out on safari.
The resident leopards are still patrolling their territories with full force. The young leopards from Boulders last litter, Hlambela and Tisela, are growing up quickly and providing us with fantastic sightings. There has been a lot of mating activity so we hope to see some cubs within the next few months.
The grassy clearings are thickening up quickly and providing ample food for grazers like zebra and wildebeest. Their babies are looking strong, healthy and adorable with their fuzzy coats.
We are looking forward to all the adventures that lay ahead this year and cannot wait to share it with all of you.
Written by – Cal Butler
Images courtesy of rangers Johan de la Rey and Cal Butler