The Investec Pack payed a short visit on Djuma as they moved quickly through our traverse. They all looked happy and healthy as they trotted along, eleven of them sticking together like superglue. Occasionally taking brief pit stops to lie down on the road, but generally they were just hot footing it across towards Manyeleti.
WE like to think that the members of the Sands Pack howled at the moon later on in the evening. The alpha was easy to spot with his tattered ears and dominant demeanor. An absolutely picturesque moment of the family underneath the pink African sky that surrounded the bright moon peeking through the tops of a giant marula tree.
A perfect explanation as to why these beautiful creatures are named “painted” wild dogs. The colours of this scene was incredible, as the golden sunset lit up the defined tortoise-shell mixture on their detailed coats. There was constant affection within this family as they rubbed noses, cuddled and played around like little kids in a playground.
The Nkuhumas seemed to having a group cuddle as they tangled themselves together on the grasses of Arathusa. There were five lionesses, including the gorgeous Amber Eyes, and the six adorable cubs were all accounted for. As the sun started to say goodbye, the pride slowly opened their eyes wider as they became restless while the cubs began to play.
The Nkuhumas were lazing and having an afternoon nap on Arathusa, sheltering themselves from the heat of the harsh African sun. The cubs had brief bursts of energy as they pounced around in the thick grass. Affection between the lionesses and cubs was evident. Lots of cleaning and licking was going on, sprucing themselves up for the evening events!