The wild dogs have been on the move throughout the month, the reason being they are currently not denning so they have been roaming the concession looking for prey. They have been seen on 12 occasions this month with eight of these sightings resulting in a kill.
A cheetah sighting that I had on 16 July 2019 was both moving and difficult to watch. For me, it will remain a highlight not just for the month of July, but for my entire guiding career. On the day of the sighting, I was privileged to spend the entire morning with an adult female cheetah. When we first found her, she was in the high grounds, sitting atop a small termite mound overlooking the plains below her. Although she looked hungry, the hundreds – if not thousands – of wildebeest surrounding her seemed to be of no interest to her.
We were on a morning game drive with two guests, on Sabora Access Road. We came across a herd of wildebeest running north to south of the road and I stopped my vehicle in order to watch and let them cross the road.
This month I witnessed how predators are so incredibly good at assessing a situation, weighing up the potential benefits of a hunt and analysing the potential costs or risks at the same time.
We set off under the cover of darkness in the early morning and on to one of my favourite drainage lines to look for lions. As it began to get light I caught site of the Butamtam lionesses and their youngsters. We gently approached the lionesses and then switched the engine off and watched. One of the more mature lionesses, the daughter of ‘Mama Scar’, was busy nursing her five youngsters. This is interesting as lionesses only possess four teats.