Kirkman’s Kamp

Lion Cubs! (Southern Pride)

Yesterday morning started off with, “Good morning! For our last drive, please could we look for a leopard in a tree?” A few hours later we headed off on a mad rush to follow up on reports that a lioness had crossed onto our property followed by 2 cubs! On the morning game drive, however, all we could find were just tiny tracks… During the afternoon game drive we heard that someone had found them on a buffalo carcass with 2 big male lions!
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Lion Cubs! (Southern Pride)

Yesterday morning started off with, “Good morning! For our last drive, please could we look for a leopard in a tree?” A few hours later we headed off on a mad rush to follow up on reports that a lioness had crossed onto our property followed by 2 cubs! On the morning game drive, however, all we could find were just tiny tracks… During the afternoon game drive we heard that someone had found them on a buffalo carcass with 2 big male lions!
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Summer = Mud = Happy Elephant

This morning we got a call on the radio that a large elephant bull was on his way to a nearby pan, so we headed off hoping to get there before he had drunk. We arrived with 10 minutes to spare and found the bull eating less than 100 meters from the pan. He was very obliging and walked down the road towards us with the awesome presence that only an elephant bull can muster. More →

Summer = Mud = Happy Elephant

This morning we got a call on the radio that a large elephant bull was on his way to a nearby pan, so we headed off hoping to get there before he had drunk. We arrived with 10 minutes to spare and found the bull eating less than 100 meters from the pan. He was very obliging and walked down the road towards us with the awesome presence that only an elephant bull can muster. More →

Did this leopard kill an elephant?
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The team went out in the morning to look for a young male leopard that has taken over the eastern bank of the Sand River after the death of the Tjellahanga male. Mark was the lucky one, finding the approximately 4 year old leopard sunning himself on the rocks. Watching him for a while, we noticed the leopard’s intense stare towards the rocks. Suddenly an elephant cow appeared, watching the leopard closely. Eventually Markus arrived to the sighting from the other side and spotted a very young elephant calf behind the rocks. The mother was trying to protect it from the leopard. The youngster seemed just a couple of hours old and unfortunately about to die.

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Did this leopard kill an elephant?

Leopard2

The team went out in the morning to look for a young male leopard that has taken over the eastern bank of the Sand River after the death of the Tjellahanga male. Mark was the lucky one, finding the approximately 4 year old leopard sunning himself on the rocks. Watching him for a while, we noticed the leopard’s intense stare towards the rocks. Suddenly an elephant cow appeared, watching the leopard closely. Eventually Markus arrived to the sighting from the other side and spotted a very young elephant calf behind the rocks. The mother was trying to protect it from the leopard. The youngster seemed just a couple of hours old and unfortunately about to die.

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