Lots of cats in the area ... really for sure. The big Kuhuma ("come out" in Shangaan) pride with their 9 cubs have made several appearances recently. First seen coming through the Manyaleti from Kruger in September last year, they were made up of 2 brothers and 9 lionesses and a sub adult male. They kicked our the "3 plus 1" pride and eventually chased off their young son. Today its the two brothers 9 lionesses (although usually we only see 7) and their 9 cubs.
Wednesday, 19 September 2007
The cats are in town.
Karula ("peaceful" in Shangaan) was spotted this afternoon hunting in western Gowrie, WE watched for a while as she stalked some impala. Via the grapevine, WE hear that she is teaching her cubs to hunt on Arathusa to the west of our traversing area.
Mafufanyane ("madness" in Shangaan) and the Jordaan male both big, and skittish, male leopards are always around, but WE think that they spend a lot more time watching us than WE spend watching them ... it's in their nature. A new young male, son of the Beacon female from Buffelshoek, has been spotted moving into the area - so really for sure there looks like there is going to be a territorial shakeup with the leopards.