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9-10 February 2017



Mbiri pride


The Mbiri pride continue to keep their cubs in the area around Zebra pan/Konkoni quarry. They managed to kill a Buffalo on konkoni, which set up a nice sighting on the afternoon of the 9th. The cubs were having a field day, playing with one another, their mothers and on occasion the Buffalo itself. Skorro Thanda impi made an appearance, but was interested in trying to mate with one of the younger females. As the aggression increased, one of the older females rounded the cubs up and started moving away. The young female however lured Skorro away, and Lioness and cubs returned to the kill.

Like herding cats! The older Mbiri lioness gathering the cubs to take them to safety. ISO 1600, f8, 1/500sec

Patience is key when dealing with Lion cubs. ISO 1600, f7.1, 1/500sec


Thanda Impi males

We only had the one sighting of Skorro over the 2 days. He joined the Mbiri pride with their Buffalo kill on Konkoni. We was only mildly interested in the meal, but mostly interested in one of the younger Lionesses. He charged into the sighting, sending cubs flying and scurrying for safety, fed for a few minutes, before testing the females. He then chased her, subduing her about 100 meters from the kill and the rest of the pride. No mating took place, but I’m sure he felt good about himself anyway.

Skorro testing the females reproductive status. This grin, is known as the Flehmen grimace. ISO 1600, f7.1, 1/500sec

Charging after the female. Skorro has a reputation for being quite aggressive around the Lionesses. Not exactly a charmer. ISO 1600, f7.1, /1250sec



Avoca males

We had yet another visit from the males from north of our boundary. 3 of the Avoca males were found on Wilderness. So far, they aren’t posing much of a threat to thanda Impi territory and are sufficiently far enough from the Mbiri pride, but a little to the south and things could change. The area that they’re visiting these days is frequented by the Mohlawareng pride, which could be very bad news for the young male in the pride. One of the males had an injured front paw, and was struggling to keep up with the other males. The males immediately moved to drink at a small pan, before moving back west and over our boundary again.




Ntsuntsu male Leopard


Ntsuntsu is still loitering on the northern parts of his brother, Rhulani’s territory. He was found on the morning of the 10th, on Rians folly. In the afternoon he was relocated in the same place, but this time he’d killed a Waterbuck calf. Unfortunately, by the time I arrived at the sighting, he’d moved off the kill and was lying about 50 meters away. He decided to climb a small Red Bushwillow though, which made for some fun photography.


Other views of the bush

A typical northern manyeleti scene. The Gabbro plains of the north, support a huge population of general game particularly Zebra, Wildebeest and a good population of Ostriches. ISO 1000, f6.3, 1/800sec

Returning Buffalo herds. After the good rains, the grass has made a comeback and is supporting the Buffalo herds again. This is good news for the selective grazers, such as the Wildebeest, who need the Buffalo to crop the grass to size for them to feed. ISO 320, f7.1, 1/800sec


Until the next blog


Darren and the Tintswalo Safari Team.