Lagoon, Oct 2018

Brown Hyena Helen Apps Screen Grab

The brown hyena cubs continued to be big favourites with our guests. They were mostly seen playing in the mornings. The youngsters are growing past and were starting to separate to occupy different dens. Their mother remains elusive, visiting them in the middle of the night to bring them food that this month included an impala carcass.

Bonga Pride were sometimes seen by John’s Pan and Lechwe Corner, but in general have been towards Lebala camp over the past few months. This has opened up the Lagoon territory for several new coalitions of males and during October we saw a group of four, a group of three and several pairs hunting buffaloes. Two very big males and a female were found at Kwena Lagoon feeding on an elephant carcass and mating. Several lionesses were roaming the area including three pregnant females who have broken away from the Bonga Pride.

Spotted hyenas were regularly sighted around the area, mostly at abandoned buffalo carcasses that the nomad males had killed, including some exciting interactions between lions and the hyena clan.
Other times spotted hyenas were seen patrolling the area or cooling themselves in the muddy waterholes which were drying out

Female leopards were seen patrolling and hunting during afternoon drives. We had lovely sightings of a female with her kill up a tree and a male with a warthog kill on the airstrip road.

The resident coalition of two cheetah brothers were found resting under a tree.

The pack of six wild dogs (five adults and one sub-adult) were found well-fed and quenching their thirst after a successful hunting expedition. We tracked them hunting a couple of other times but they were not lucky on those occasions.

Smaller predators encountered included African wild cats, servals, mongoose (yellow, dwarf and banded), bat-eared foxes and honey badgers. Black-backed jackals were denning and guests were able to see the cubs.

General game was frequenting the hot spots along the flood plains. There were plenty of eland , sable, roan, buffalo and heavily pregnant plains game species, some of whom started dropping their young after a storm build-up in the middle of the month. There were big herds of elephants all over the area throughout the day. Other species included zebra, giraffe, kudu, impala, red lechwe, waterbuck, warthog and tsessebe

Aquatic bird species were seen wading and foraging on the flood plains. Summer migrants continued to arrive in the area. Carmine bee-eaters were still nesting at Kwena Lagoon and John’s Pan. Guests enjoyed sightings of kingfishers, including giant and the colourful malachite. Four different species of vulture were identified feeding on the buffalo carcasses (hooded, white-backed, lappet and white-headed).

(Note: Accompanying image is a screen grab from a video that was sent to us from a guest who stayed at Lagoon earlier this year. Thank you Helen Apps for this amazing footage!)

Share this Story
  • Nxai Pan

    Nxai Pan, Feb 2019

    During February there were big herds of zebra, wildebeest and springbok, often grazing just in front of camp. Some of the ...
  • Lebala

    Lebala, Feb 2019

    The resident pack of six wild dogs were located near Halfway Pan and we were pleased to find that the alpha ...
  • Lagoon

    Lagoon, Feb 2019

    There was excellent general game around the inland pans including big herds of buffalo as well as zebra, giraffe, impala, tsessebe, ...
  • Kwara Little Kwara Splash

    Splash, Feb 2019

    We were excited to find three new cheetah in the area, a female with her sub-adult cubs. The youngsters were apt ...
  • Tau Pan

    Tau Pan, Jan 2019

    After some summer rains Tau Pan was transformed into a carpet of green and slowly attracted more animals into the area ...
  • Nxai Pan

    Nxai Pan, Jan 2019

    As the rainy season got under way the sweet grasses in the pan came to life creating a beautiful green landscape. ...
Load More Related Articles
  • Nxai Pan

    Nxai Pan, Feb 2019

    During February there were big herds of zebra, wildebeest and springbok, often grazing just in front of camp. Some of the ...
  • Lebala

    Lebala, Feb 2019

    The resident pack of six wild dogs were located near Halfway Pan and we were pleased to find that the alpha ...
  • Lagoon

    Lagoon, Feb 2019

    There was excellent general game around the inland pans including big herds of buffalo as well as zebra, giraffe, impala, tsessebe, ...
  • Kwara Little Kwara Splash

    Splash, Feb 2019

    We were excited to find three new cheetah in the area, a female with her sub-adult cubs. The youngsters were apt ...
  • Tau Pan

    Tau Pan, Jan 2019

    After some summer rains Tau Pan was transformed into a carpet of green and slowly attracted more animals into the area ...
  • Nxai Pan

    Nxai Pan, Jan 2019

    As the rainy season got under way the sweet grasses in the pan came to life creating a beautiful green landscape. ...
Load More By Kwando Safaris
  • Lagoon

    Lagoon, Feb 2019

    There was excellent general game around the inland pans including big herds of buffalo as well as zebra, giraffe, impala, tsessebe, ...
  • Lagoon

    Lagoon, Jan 2019

    The two lionesses to the north of the reserve are known to the guides as Litikazi and Mma Mosetha. As they ...
  • Lagoon

    Lagoon, Dec 2018

    At the start of the December our guides managed to find a lion den with two females looking after four cubs ...
  • Lagoon

    Lagoon, Nov 2018

    We followed two lionesses until they stalked a warthog. One lioness went halfway into the den and pulled it out. Then, ...
  • Lagoon

    Lagoon, Oct 2018

    The brown hyena cubs continued to be big favourites with our guests. They were mostly seen playing in the mornings. The ...
  • Lagoon

    Lagoon, Sep 2018

    The two brown hyena cubs at their den near to camp continued to be the star attraction at Lagoon during September. ...
Load More In Lagoon

Check Also

Nxai Pan, Feb 2019

During February there were big herds of zebra, ...

Archives