This morning we woke up to some windy and overcast conditions. We headed out to follow up on some tracks close to the lodge when the radio came alive. Wild dogs had been spotted running right in front of the lodge, we quickly made our way there but were unsuccessful in locating them as the entered a drainage line we couldn’t access.
We then made our way north and bumped into a massive breeding herd of elephants, and saw abundant general game, including a very young baby giraffe.
A call came on the radio of a female leopard close to the lodge. We drove a few minutes and then went off-road until we found her. Tsakane! She is a stunning young leopardess. We followed her for over an hour as she criss-crossed through the blocks, climbing termite mounds, sniffing and occasionally stalking any animals she saw. She was very relaxed and seemed to be scoping the area out to possibly set up a territory. Our guests had many great opportunities to get some special shots.
We then stopped for coffee and hot chocolate nearby before heading back to the lodge, where we enjoyed a hearty brunch outside in the sun which now filled the blue skies.
This afternoon we headed in search of the Nkuhuma lionesses and the Birmingham coalition. On the way, we stopped at watering hole and captured some great images of a breeding herd of buffalo and some general game drinking.
We then found one of the Birmingham coalition males on a huge granite outcrop with a lioness from the Nkuhuma pride. The two put on an amazing show as they mated multiple times right next to our vehicles in the setting golden light. We quickly filled our memory cards with some amazing images before deciding to leave the lions in peace and having sundowners in the bush.
While we were with the lions, the Wilds Dogs who were spotted this morning, were seen from the lodge deck. We will follow up with them in the morning.