10 October 2017

Tuesday started with sunshine, but the clouds soon crept over to keep the temperatures mild; game viewing was fairly good this morning and we eventually got to see a leopard again when Ntima male was relocated this morning further south along the Nhlarlaumi with a kill hidden in a terrible location, but luckily he was a tad more cooperative as he lay on the bank, fat bellied. We headed west and spent time with giraffes, waterbuck and a breeding herd of buffalo that we relocated after our coffee stop. We headed home along our northern boundary and popped in to see the Western Pride that were sleeping scattered around in the cool conditions.

In the afternoon, I opted to avoid the vehicles drawn to the lions and leopard and moved to the south-east; it was a quiet drive, but we got to enjoy some solitude and some lovely scenery as the sun beat down on the rapidly greening bush veld. The Sohebele river and flowed in the south, and Scholtz Big Dam was full, as were all the mud wallows in the area, which made things a bit difficult as the game was now dispersed, but we still saw duiker, impala, good giraffe and a couple of shy elephants before having a drink on a rocky outcrop and watching the sun set. Our mission had been to find the Machimba male lion and Sumatra lioness, but as they had moved into an area where we couldnt access in front of a private camp, we didnt have luck. I forgot to mention Henry’s sighting involving these lions last night; after hearing the male roar, he followed up and found some hyenas that were eating a baby buffalo stolen of Xiviti male leopard, and then a lioness ran in and stole it off them, only to have the male lion run in and steal it off her! Xiviti was still in the area and followed as he headed north toward the Kruger Park. It was in looking for Xiviti that Dave found Tshwkunyana male leopard even further north and east than he had been last week; this time he had the scant remains of a duiker up a tree, and luckily Dave was rewarded late in the evening when the leopard made its way back to the kill to feed having remained out of view the whole afternoon.