Thursday 28 January 2016
It’s been a quiet start to the week in terms of spotting cats on the safariLIVE drives. Yet this doesn’t stop the animals from making their territorial rounds, Shadow was found this morning on Nkorho. She’s didn’t get up to much and spent most of the day lying quietly in the shade of the African bush. This is quite some distance from her normal range on Arathusa and Djuma. We are all wondering what made her travel here.
(Image Credit: Chene Diane Wales-Baillie, 28 January 2016, Nkorho Bush Lodge, Sabi Sands)
Later that same day, Karula was spotted on Buffelshoek after being somewhat elusive over the past week. She’d made a duiker kill and hoisted it up a tree on Buffelshoek cutline just over the Djuma boundary. Scott went through to check it out on the sunset safari after being alerted to her presence by one of the guest vehicles. However, upon arrival Karula had moved off and in the queen’s own true style, goes flat meters from the boundary yet well hidden from the safariLIVE cameras.
(Karula, Image credit: Jors Dannhauser, 28 January 2016, Buffelshoek Sabi Sands)
Mvula was also found today on Cheetah Plains. He hasn’t been looking well in recent weeks, his age is starting to show with his ever greying face and his physical decline. Though it seems he was successful in making a kill during the night, hopes are that he will regain some of his former bulk and health with a good meal.
Friday 29 January 2016
A special treat today from the leopards! Tingana has been spotted on Djuma and he’s in the company of Thandi, a 9 year old female, daughter of Karula and sister to Shadow. The pair have been busy mating through the night and WE managed to catch up with them on safariLIVE. Thandi is not usually seen in this area, although her territory is rather close to both Karula and Shadow’s territories on Djuma and Arathusa respectively.