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
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
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.
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,
With the tail end of a cold front passing through, the fresh breeze blowing all night resulted in a very brisk morning. After wake up calls, we were sipping our coffee and discussing plans for our morning drive. A few of our guests arrived, exclaiming excitedly about seeing a hyena. We rushed to the deck
Mvula and Shadow by ranger Sean Gilbert I have often been asked the question of how large a leopard’s territory is, so I thought I would share a few insights with our virtual followers through this blog post. Home ranges of male leopards vary between 12sq miles to 30sq miles (31, 080 – 77, 700
Panthera pardus… I have always had a passion for leopards. Thankfully Arathusa is probably one of the best spots to see really relaxed leopards. Here are some photos of sightings that I have enjoyed over the past two months. Did you know? The first leopard descriptions were recorded in 1758, and as many as 27
Herd of elephants – Robin Hester Sunday This morning we had a wonderful sighting of the Styx pride chasing hyena and vultures away from the remains of the buffalo kill we mentioned in last week’s blog. The sunrise provided fantastic golden lighting for photographs. With this beautiful sighting first thing in the morning, a lovely
The young male leopard, Wabayiza growling at the hyenas – Robin Hester Sunday We had a great start to the morning with a large herd of elephants – including many calves and young males – being seen right next to the lodge. The youngsters ensured an energetic sighting with their fun and games, while the
Baby Elephant – Robin Hester Sunday We wanted to see lions this morning, and started off the drive on our boundaries checking to see whether the lions had crossed in. We found tracks of the Styx pride crossing over into our territory, and discovered where they had been chasing a buffalo. We also saw a
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