Return to the Wild

 

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Hello everyone, I hope you have all been well and are looking forward to some more bush stories and exciting moments from Mana Pools at Kavinga Safari Camp.

Caitlin and I had an awesome holiday packed with travel and fishing trips!  We spent Christmas relaxing with family and then went to Cape Town for New Years.  We both loved Cape Town and are very keen to go back there one day!  We came back home to relax and to catch up on a years worth of fishing in the two months break we had!

I managed to squeeze a fishing trip in almost every weekend that we were home and I loved every second of it.   

After a nice long break, we returned back to Mana to get the camp ready for the new season.  

It was a busy start, with a lot of work to be done in camp. We did some small renovations  on camp and bush clearing and road maintenance.

The Zambezi Valley did not have a very good amount of rain, and it looks like its going to be tough for the wildlife in the drier months, although it will provide excellent game viewing with a lot of action from the predators at the watering hole.

The first month of the season has already started off with a bang.  We have been lucky enough to track and follow herds of up to 300 buffalo on foot, we even managed to track and find a male lion on a buffalo kill which we could hear from camp while sitting around the camp fire the night before.

Unfortunately, no sign of the Kavinga pride of lions yet, except for one male and one of the lioness that had separated themselves from the pride to mate.  We have heard the pride all calling together so we know that the pride is still around, we just need to figure out where they are hanging out!  The wild dog have been seen on a few occasions and just the other day we missed a kill by some minutes!  All that was left was the tracks and impala remains.

The last two days we have had amazing sightings of leopard.  The first leopard was happened upon by accident (as most of them are!) While my apprentice, Luke, was trying to find the pride of lion he saw a male leopard just seconds after it had caught a Kudu calf.   Yesterday  while out on a drive, an female leopard had caught an impala ram, we got there just as she was suffocating it.  It was amazing to see the shear strength that the leopardess had as she dragged her kill, which was almost twice the size of her, into the thick bush. 

The night drives have been exciting too.  With sightings of Honey-Badgers, White tailed Mongoose and two sightings of a wild cat with its bird for dinner and another with a mouse!

Its all happening at Kavinga! 

Cheers for now,

Siraaj 

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