Category Archives: The Leopards

An update on Sibuyi & her cub and other highlights – by Sabastion Wayne

Ranger Sabastion gave us a quick rundown of the interesting sightings at Arathusa Safari Lodge last week – enjoy! On the picture above is Sibuyi and her female cub (just under a year old), resting in a bit of shade not far from a kill mom made – the cub being the one facing us. …
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Update on Xidulu by Jamie Sangster

Xidulu taking a nap several hundred meters from the lodge Ranger Jamie Sangster shares his and his guests’ encounter with magnificent Xidulu… ‘We’ve had some nice sightings of our resident female leopard on the property recently. She was found south of our lodge heading towards the western side of our chalets. Initially we thought she …
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Arrival of a New Central Male Leopard

Hukumuri – a new and relatively young male (about 5 years old) – has cleverly and successfully wedged himself between the western male, Anderson’s and the eastern male, Tingana’s territories. They were either not frequently enforcing their boundaries, or didn’t detect him quickly enough to deter him. New kid on the block – Hukumuri male …
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An interesting shift in leopard dynamics at Arathusa

  We have recently noticed a change in the leopard dynamics around the lodge. With the loss of female leopards, Karula and Salayexe, a space has been created for new arrivals as they move into the vacant spots. Shadow has now moved more towards Karula’s old spot, which means we no longer see her around …
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A commotion leads us to a magnificent sight…

It is important to always stop and appreciate the sounds around you in the bush. On a recent morning safari, my guests and I had stopped for our morning coffee when our tracker, Norman, heard impala alarm calls not too far from where we were. We decided to leave our coffee and head towards the …
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Salayexe the leopard and the season of plenty

Typical of this time of year the bush is thriving with new life, within the impala population. Opportunistic predators will naturally take advantage of the extremely easy prey of new born lambs. In this ‘season of plenty’, Salayexe the leopard and her cub have been the subject of many incredible sightings for visitors to Arathusa. …
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The end of an era for Mvula the leopard

As Mvula reaches the end of his dominance, he is slowly losing territory to his rival, Tingana. It is only a matter of time before he will be pushed out completely. Mvula enjoyed a lengthy dominance in this area, and has been very successful in furthering his blood line. His deteriorating state reflects his age, …
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A very unexpected and utterly memorable sighting, by ranger Sean Gilbert

The afternoon was hot and sticky as we haven’t had much rain. A lot of the animals have taken up residence at the waterhole to keep cool and hydrated. We were following a male and female leopard, Tingana and Karula, who were stalking a very injured and obviously exhausted buffalo towards a small pan. The …
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Shadow the leopard is seen on the hunt, by ranger Cedric Dold

On a recent afternoon drive, we came across Shadow busy ‘on the prowl’. Despite repeated attempts, we could not see what she was hunting as the bush was dense and visual clarity was compromised. But she was definitely hunting something, as she gradually slunk lower and lower as she slowly stalked her prey. Then, with …
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Tingana and Shadow still enjoy each other’s trust, by Cedric Dold

It’s impressive to see that our territorial leopards, Tingana and Shadow, are maintaining their strong bond. The Anderson male leopard has been pushing so much further into Tingana’s territory. As a result of this pressure, Tingana is moving further away from Shadow’s area, which isn’t good news for her cub Madiba. We are not worrying …
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