We headed out on a cool Sunday morning and headed straight over to the Western Pride and their buffalo kill, but seeing how quickly they ate yesterday, I wasnt so sure that they would still be there, but arriving to see the vultures still sitting in the surrounding trees and the hyenas resting in the open to the west of the kill, I knew that the lions would be there, and we arrived to find all eleven lions at the kill, including the two cubs – what a lovely sight, especially seeing all of them so well fed with their fat little bellies! A couple of them went to drink at a nearby pan, and after we spent some great time with them, we headed off towards the wild dog den site and our morning just got better spending time watching the nine pups playing around as the eleven adults rested around the termite mound. The little ones were so full of energy and put on a great show running and chasing one another around. We passed a lone buffalo cow at Lion Pan that had a broken leg, and could barely move – it is only a matter of time before the hyenas arrive to take her. We carried on home along the dam, passing hippos, waterbuck and impala before arriving back at the lodge after a great morning. A leopard kill was found just west of the camp, but there was no sign of the leopard.
My afternoon was a chilled affair and we spent time watching hippos, crocodiles and general game in the north – we checked up on the leopard kill in the tree to the west of camp, but found no sign, and realised that it was unlikely to be Shongile female, and was likely her previous daughter. We bypassed the north and headed south in the hope of finding the Sumatra lioness that was seen trailing a herd of buffalo in the south in the morning – the herd was making their way back to Java, so after a sundowner on Java Airstrip we moved in that direction, but soon got word that the lioness had already been located with a buffalo kill at Hide Dam, and went to join the station as she lay feeding on her rather large female buffalo – an impressive take for a lone lioness, but a kill she was almost sure to lose to the hyenas during the night. We made our way back to the lodge, passing a bushbaby and a herd of wildebeest along the way. We decided to pop into the leopard kill despite the fact that no one had experienced any joy during the afternoon and evening looking for her, and we were rewarded with the sight of a leopard’s bum in the tree! It was such an awful tree for game viewing, but we got to see our first leopard as she fed on her duiker kill whilst a much more entertaining hyena ran around on the rocks below looking for scraps, and even went as far as attempting to “climb” the tree to the disgust of the leopard that snarled at it. The view didnt improve, but we were still happy with our afternoon’s efforts. The Western Pride had eventually finished their kill and moved off a little way to rest to round off a good afternoon in the north.