Just as we left camp we saw 7 hyaenas finishing off a baby giraffe kill from the night before, followed a few minutes later by 2 large male lions trying to work out territorial boundaries. A third male lion also showed up on the scene, but left quickly after seeing the size of the other 2 males. Several small river crossings kept our cameras clicking through the rest of the day, as well as many herds of elephants and a black rhino with a young calf. Baboons playing in afternoon light with a female leopard not too far away ended the day off rather well.
Cats and kills were the keywords of the day. A cheetah chasing and catching a thomson’s gazelle started us off, and was quickly followed by a large male lion dragging his topi kill away from some vultures that looked a little too interested for his liking. The single lioness with the 3 small cubs were working their way through a large zebra kill, while the mother with the 4 cubs played happily next to a warthog that didn’t make it. Earlier on on the day, we found 6 sub-adult lions reuniting after being briefly separated, and in between all the cat action, many herds of elephants were seen along with numerous buffaloes.
Major sightings of the day:
Female cheetah chasing and catching a thomson’s gazelle
Many herds of elephants
Male lion dragging a topi kill
6 sub-adult lions reuniting
2 black backed jackals
Lioness with 3 small cubs on a zebra kill
Lioness with 4 small cubs playing around a warthog kill