The game this month on the northern side of the Selinda Spillway has been simply breathtaking. Elephants are coming down in large numbers now to feed and drink along the edge of the spillway from around midday well into the late afternoon. We’ve had an absolute glut of big cat sightings. The little pride of 4 lionesses has been courted this month by no fewer than 4 separate male lions; our Selinda Pride male, a coalition of two brothers from deeper west into the concession, and a large male from neighbouring Namibia. There has been lots of mating activity by all of these males so we are in for some interesting times ahead and naturally a bunch of new cubs!
Leopards are sighted regularly now and we’ve been treated to sightings of a new cub in the days leading up to the end of August. Her mother has had her well hidden for most of the month and now finally we have caught glimpses of her! She is a real beauty, a spotted ball of fur!
The Cape Buffalo have arrived in huge numbers with many herds with populations in excess of 200 individuals – the highlight was when a few of these herds converged in the same location near to camp recently and from the boat one could view what we estimate was 1,500 to 2,000 Cape Buffalo – drinking and wallowing along the edge of the Selinda Spillway. It was truly an incredible sight, the dust cloud that typically surrounds such a heard lingered in the evening light as far as the eye could see to the west of camp.
We’ve has some excellent Cheetah sightings – the most notable of which was an interaction between our two spotted cat species. Guests were in scene when a Leopard stole a kill from a Cheetah and watched as the two cats strutted their stuff in an attempt to ward the other off. No actual fight ensued and amazingly they ended up sharing the kill!! An unbelievable occurrence, and to witness it even more remarkable.
The Selinda Wild Dogs have now left the den and all 9 puppies are now ranging around with the adults – they’ve been moving in and out of our concession to the north and we’ve had some excellent sightings of them! It is great that the alpha female has managed to protect and shelter her 9 puppies and we hope, and look forward to, seeing them through to adulthood.
General game has been excellent too, large herds of antelope, the usual night time Hippo sightings, herds of Zebra, Red Lechwe, lots and lots of Giraffe. As we slide out of winter towards summer, and the temperature start to rise in anticipation of the summer rains – animals are using the permanent source of water being the Selinda Spillway to get them through the dry winter times!
Tags: Big Cats Initiative, Botswana Luxury Safari, Cape Buffalo, Cheetahs, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, Great Plains Conservation, Hippos, Journey of Giraffe, Leopards, lioness, lions, Red Lechwe, Selinda Camp, Selinda Lion Pride, Selinda Reserve, Selinda Spillway, Selinda Wild Dog, zebra
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