Closing With a Bang

Yesterday’s afternoon drive was a interesting one as that morning we found some leopard tracks just outside the lodge. It was the tracks of an adult female and her two cubs. From the tracks we could see that they had been hunting as they were all over the show. Eventually a kill was located, an adult impala, underneath a thick bush. The leopards were not to be seen as the morning had got a bit hot and the bush was very thick. So we decided to come back in the afternoon when it was getting dark to give the leopards the chance to come back to their kill.

So in the afternoon we set out containing our eagerness to go to the kill site to see if the leopards were there, in stead we took a relaxing drive around the reserve towards the Klaserie River mostly in search of some general game species. As the sun went lower and lower we slowly but surely made our way towards where the leopards would hopefully be. On the way there we saw elephants and lions. The lions we stayed with as they were about 2 kilometers from the leopards and we wanted to see where they would go, of course the lions eventually got up and started to walk towards the leopards and as soon as I got a gap, I by-passed the lions to go see the leopards.

Eventually we were rewarded with a sighing of one of the cubs walking around the car and the sounds of the other two eating. Shortly afterwards the lions chased off the leopards and took the kill for themselves.

In other Leopard news we received a lovely gift this morning. Mbilo was spotted with her third and last cub safe, healthy, and happy. She was very relaxed with the vehicles which is also a good sign!

By: Roel van Muiden – River Lodge Ranger

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3 Responses to “Closing With a Bang”

  1. Dee Roelofsz says:

    Update to my comment on blog “Unfortunate Death”

    I have to say we as a family who were fortunate enough to have seen Mbilo & her two cubs 10 days ago, before the death of the one cub at the beginning of this week, are now so relieved to hear that Mbilo has now been seen with her last remaining cub!
    I was so sad to learn of the 2nd cubs death it has been giving me sleepless nights, so very happy to hear this update!

    • Liezel Holmes says:

      Hello Dee!

      We just wanted to let you know that two days ago Mbilo was spotted with the last cub. Both were happy and healthy and relaxed. Since then we have not had any sightings, but she is a resilient leopard, so we have high hopes for her and her remaining cub.

      Thank you for responding to the Blog. It’s great to hear you had a fantastic time.

      Noelle DiLorenzo – River Lodge Ranger

    • Liezel Holmes says:

      Hello again Dee!

      Mbilo was seen again recently and she is in fact carrying on with life as usual. It’s fantastic to know your experience endowed you, not only to Kapama, but to our extended family of Leopard as well. We hope to see you again in the future!

      Noelle DiLorenzo – River Lodge Ranger

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