Splash / Kwara, Nov 2019

jvarley.Cat2 Cheetah

The resident male cheetah known as Special was seen hunting and killing a common reedbuck. A female cheetah with a three-month-old cub was located hunting on the eastern side of camp. Another cheetah mother with a sub-adult son was also spotted. One remarkable day all five cheetahs met up; the two females started to chase each other, leaving Mr Special as a somewhat unwilling babysitter to the two youngsters. The female with the younger cub eventually came and collected her offspring, leaving the other female to mate with Special whilst her cub continued to call for her.

In another great sighting we found a sub-adult female leopard trying her luck with impala but at the end of her approach the impala saw her and took off. However, the antelope ended up running straight into a female cheetah who succeeded in bringing one down. The leopard then came in trying to steal the kill, but the cheetah bravely fought for the right to her hard-won meal.

In a territorial challenge, three intruder male lions were seen roaring and following the resident males who were running away from them. Two separate pairs of lions were seen mating. A new pride to the area comprising two males and two females managed to kill a buffalo near to the mokoro station. The Splash Pride of two lionesses and six sub-adults were still in the area and doing well. They attracted the attention of two males from the Zulu Boys, well-known visitors to the Kwara Reserve. The Splash Pride were also seen hunting buffalo and zebra.

We managed to locate three separate aardwolf dens in the area and at the most established the cubs could be seen playing near the entrance, whilst the mother stood nearby.

The Marsh Pack of twenty-five wild dogs were located hunting more than once, variously killing impala, common reedbuck and tsessebe calves, sometimes right at camp. Once we saw them feeding on a fully-grown kudu bull which was the biggest prey we have yet seen them take down. This pack is made up of thirteen adults and twelve puppies of about 6 months old; the youngsters have grown well and join the adults on all their hunts.

The Kwara pack of twenty-six wild dogs were located early one morning running around camp hunting and eventually killed two impala at the same time.

Two tom leopards were seen in a territorial fight to the north of Kwara camp. Eventually one backed away leaving the other to go and rest on top of a tree. A very relaxed female leopard was hunting monkeys and eventually managed to catch a baby vervet to the consternation of the troop. A different female continued to specialise in hunting jackal.

Spotted hyenas were seen feeding on a dead elephant, chasing away vultures and jackals who were also trying to scavenge. We also saw a clan of ten hyena waiting for lions to finish up with a buffalo carcass.

Following the first rains general game in the area was very good with buffalo herds up to two hundred grazing the green areas that had previously been flooded. Tsessebe started dropping their calves. Big herds of zebra could be seen grazing, grooming each other and sun-bathing. Near to the boat station, a serious territorial fight between two common reedbuck lasted more than twenty minutes. Victory was eventually claimed by the sub-adult bull. Other game species included giraffe, wildebeest and impala. There were plenty of elephants in the area including a breeding herd of about forty drinking and mud-bathing at the Splash camp waterhole.

A pride of four ostrich were seen feeding on fresh jasmine leaves emerging along the firebreak

A serval was seen catching a bullfrog on the road before killing making off with it. We saw African wildcat during night drive.

(Note: Accompanying picture is from our Kwando Photo Library which consists of all your great photo submissions over the years, it may not be the most up to date, but we felt it was worthy of a feature alongside this month’s Sightings Report!)

Share this Story
  • Tau Pan

    Tau Pan, Nov 2019

    In what was arguably Kwando’s most unusual sighting for 2019, a bull elephant was struck by lightning right in front of ...
  • Nxai Pan

    Nxai Pan, Nov 2019

    November brought the first proper rains of the season to Nxai Pan. Afterwards, springbok could be seen jumping around as though ...
  • Lebala

    Lebala, Nov 2019

    We saw the large Wapoka pride most days during the month; they were feeding on warthog, buffalo, zebra and other antelope ...
  • Lagoon

    Lagoon, Nov 2019

    During November, Lagoon guests were able to experience a remarkable combination of predator breeding behaviour as we were fortunate enough to ...
  • Kwara Splash

    Splash / Kwara, Nov 2019

    The resident male cheetah known as Special was seen hunting and killing a common reedbuck. A female cheetah with a three-month-old ...
  • Tau Pan

    Tau Pan, Oct 2019

    In a fantastic sighting we found that the ten lions of the Tau Pan pride had treed a leopard who was ...
Load More Related Articles
  • Tau Pan

    Tau Pan, Nov 2019

    In what was arguably Kwando’s most unusual sighting for 2019, a bull elephant was struck by lightning right in front of ...
  • Nxai Pan

    Nxai Pan, Nov 2019

    November brought the first proper rains of the season to Nxai Pan. Afterwards, springbok could be seen jumping around as though ...
  • Lebala

    Lebala, Nov 2019

    We saw the large Wapoka pride most days during the month; they were feeding on warthog, buffalo, zebra and other antelope ...
  • Lagoon

    Lagoon, Nov 2019

    During November, Lagoon guests were able to experience a remarkable combination of predator breeding behaviour as we were fortunate enough to ...
  • Kwara Splash

    Splash / Kwara, Nov 2019

    The resident male cheetah known as Special was seen hunting and killing a common reedbuck. A female cheetah with a three-month-old ...
  • Tau Pan

    Tau Pan, Oct 2019

    In a fantastic sighting we found that the ten lions of the Tau Pan pride had treed a leopard who was ...
Load More By Kwando Safaris
  • Kwara Splash

    Splash / Kwara, Nov 2019

    The resident male cheetah known as Special was seen hunting and killing a common reedbuck. A female cheetah with a three-month-old ...
  • Kwara Splash

    Splash / Kwara, Oct 2019

    Lions were seen every single day on Kwara Reserve during October. The One Eye Pride were located near to Splash camp. ...
  • Kwara Splash

    Splash, Sep 2019

    A pack of wild dogs comprising eleven adults and thirteen puppies were found resting after a successful hunt; the puppies were ...
  • Kwara Splash

    Splash, Aug 2019

    We continued observing the resident wild dog pack who adopted three puppies from their neighbours. The pack now numbered eight adults ...
  • Kwara Splash

    Splash, July 2019

    A very unusual tale unfolded with two packs of wild dogs. Regular followers of these reports may recall that at the ...
  • Kwara Splash

    Splash, May 2019

    During May the Kwara Reserve lived up to its well-deserved reputation for fantastic sightings, averaging a remarkable three predator sightings per ...
Load More In Kwara

Check Also

Tau Pan, Nov 2019

In what was arguably Kwando’s most unusual sighting ...

Archives