Goldenmane Majingilane (lion) vs Alice Pans male (leopard) " The sounds of the leopard scrap would have been easily audible for them, and this caught the attention of one of the Manyelethi males. The male lion started to move toward where the Princess Alice Pans male was now resting. The lion was able to stalk toward the leopard unnoticed, and it was only once he was right up close to the leopard that the Princess Alice Pans male reacted. The experienced leopard easily outmaneuvered the clumsy lion. The speed at which leopards can move is incredible, at it was on full display here. The Princess Alice Pans male was even able to get in a few swipes at the lion before he sped off and climbed a tree.
The Manyelethi male soon lost interest and moved off to rejoin the Eyrefield pride. The Princess Alice Pans male then descended the tree to enjoy the last remaining scraps of his stolen kill, which he did in his usual casual fashion as if nothing had even happened! It was interesting to note that the lion was not even aware of the carcass! What a wonderful sighting for our guests!" #sabisands#majingilanecoalition#MalaMalagamereserve .
Front row seats: This young leopardess was a mere spectator to the unreal events unfolding before her this morning.
Fortunately for us, our view wasn’t bad either as we watched 3 cheetah bring down an impala in an open area close to Rattrays camp.
The action was far from over however, because a male lion from the Gowrie coalition later moved in and chased the cheetah off their meal.
Truly a magical morning. Footage of the cheetah hunt to follow🐾
MALAMALA TODAY: October 17th&18th. Back-to-back MalaMala 7 days with multiple sightings of the Big 5, cheetah and Cape hunting dogs. Cheetah: The mother and 2 cubs were viewed on both days and they treated us to a spectacular high speed take down of an impala ram near our airstrip. Cape hunting dogs: The pack of 6 adults and 5 pups were seen at their den on both days. Leopards: The Piccadilly female and her cub finished off their impala kill near Bicycle Crossing. The Senegal Bush male was in front of Sable Camp. The Accipiter male was found along the northern bank of the Ngoboswaan Donga- he has sustained an injury to his right eye. The cub of the Tamboti female was seen on our airstrip. The Three Rivers female was north of Rattray’s Camp. The Island female had an impala kill on the eastern bank of the Sand River south of West Street Bridge. The Nweti male and Ntsumi female were mating at Charleston North Crossing. Lions: All 6 lionesses from the Kambula pride, 9 cubs and 2 Gowrie males were viewed on Wednesday. One of the Eyrefield lionesses has a waterbuck kill near Flat Rocks. Many elephant and buffalo sightings were also recorded. Photo by ranger Cameron Inggs @cameroninggs #malamalagamereserve#itsallaboutthewildlife#safari#photosafari#bucketlist#meetsouthafrica#naturephotography#wildlife#wildifephotography#travel#africa#southafrica
MALAMALA TODAY: October 16th. Another MalaMala 7 day with multiple sightings of the Big 5, 6 different cheetah and a pack of Cape hunting dogs! 4 lion sightings: 3 lionesses from the Kambula pride, a Gowrie male and the 6 older cubs spent most of the day in the Sand River south of Rattray’s Camp. The lionesses provided guests in that camp to lunch with with a show when they killed an impala in front of Khaya 1. Another Kambula lioness and 3 cubs were at their den to the east of Maxim’s Lookout. The Avoca males and Eyrefield pride were south of Calabash Crossing. 4 leopards: The Piccadilly female and her cub killed an impala to the west of MalaMala Camp. The Senegal Bush male was also viewed in that area. The Island female was found with an impala kill along Bushbuck Drive. Cheetah: The mother with 2 cubs was seen along our airstrip and another 3 cheetah were spotted in Clarendon Open Area. Cape hunting dogs: The pack of 11 were viewed at their den in southwestern Charleston. Photo of a Gowrie male by ranger Nic Nel @rangernicnel #malamalagamereserve#itsallaboutthewildlife#safari#photosafari#luxurysafari#bucketlist#meetsouthafrica#naturephotography#southafrica#wildlife#wildlifephotography#travel#lion#gowriemales
MALAMALA TODAY: October 13th-15th. Our summer rains are almost upon us. At this time of year the sky can change dramatically. A postcard beautiful cocktail-blue can quickly darken into gravel-grey as large pillars of clouds form, blotting out the old-gold colour of the sun. Rolling thunder and a crack of lightening is followed by a pitter-patter of rain drops and then, a wall of rain. It often ends just as quickly as it started and the blue skies return over a rejuvenated landscape. We didn’t quite get that this weekend, but almost. What we did get was light rain accompanied by 9 lion sightings, 7 leopard sightings, 2 cheetah sightings, 2 packs of Cape hunting dogs and much more. Lions: We have started to enjoy more regular sightings of the Kambula pride’s 3rd set of cubs and we can now confirm that, like the first 2 litters, it’s a litter of 3. They were viewed at the den opposite Maxim’s Lookout on all 3 days. There were a further 7 sightings of the rest of the Kambula pride, their 6 older cubs and the 3 Gowrie males. The 11 members of the Styx pride were seen midway along the Mlowathi River. Leopards: The Piccadilly female and her cub were viewed everyday and they had an impala kill just south of Sable Camp. The Lookout female was seen twice. The cub of the Tamboti female was south of Princess Alice Pans. The Island female was viewed in the Hogvaal Donga - their is still no sign of her cubs. Cape hunting dogs: The pack of 11 was viewed at their den everyday and the pack of 12 was found in the Hogvaal Donga. Cheetah: The mother and 2 cubs spent the last 2 days near our airstrip. 2 herds of buffalo were seen on the reserve as well as many elephants. #malamalagamereserve#itsallaboutthewildlife#safari#photosafari#bucketlist#meetsouthafrica#naturephotography#elephant
This shot is one of the most favorite I have ever taken. She walked right up to our car on Safari at #malamalagamereserve , barely breaking eye contact with me. The intensity was palpable. They tell you on safari that the animals don’t notice any one person (I promise I wasn’t isolating myself) and that essentially the whole car is one entity -humans in all- for most of the animals. This encounter was so different than the others. It was personal and raw, and just a little scary. Somehow my camera and I did what they were supposed to in this very perfect moment and focused on her - even through the bit of foliage and shaky hands. #safari#naturephotography#wildlife#leopard#keepitwild#earthfocus#wildlifeplanet
MALAMALA TODAY: October 10th-12th. Over the last 3 days we recorded 13 sightings of lions, 9 different leopards, 4 Cape hunting dog sightings, 2 cheetah sightings, a herd of sable antelope, many elephants and much more. Lions: All sightings bar one were of the Kambula pride and Gowrie males. We enjoyed excellent views of the cubs, a mating pair and feeding activity (kudu and nyala kills). The lone Marthly lioness was spotted at Matumi Rocks. Leopards: The Island female was seen twice; once on Lion Loop and then with the Accipiter male and an impala kill in the Hogvaal Donga. The fate of her cubs is still unknown. The Emsagweni female and her 2 cubs were found with a scrub hare kill in Pat’s Drift. The Piccadilly female and her cub were viewed close to MalaMala Camp. One of the daughters of the Teardrop female was seen at Flat Rocks and the West Street male was at Rocky Crossing. Cheetah: The mother and 2 cubs were viewed on 2 days and we watched them catch a steenbok on our airstrip. Cape hunting dogs: The pack of 11 were seen at their den everyday. A single animal was found on Rock Drift Road. #malamalagamereserve#itsallaboutthewildlife#safari#photosafari#bucketlist#meetsouthafrica#southafrica#wildlifephotography#wildlife#nature#naturephotography#sable#rare
MALAMALA TODAY: October 8th&9th. 7 leopard sightings: The young Three Rivers female continues to bide her time in the areas between Princess Alice Pans and the Tamboti Thickets, where she was viewed on both days. This area is densely populated by lions, a serious threat to any leopard, and it’s now become clear that another orphaned leopard has moved in; the cub of the Tamboti female. We have not witnessed any interaction between the 2 as it appears that the Three Rivers female is willing to tolerate the 12 month old cub. The Senegal Bush male had an impala kill near Elephant Rock on Monday and was then found near MalaMala Camp on Tuesday. The Island female was seen south of Sable Camp - we have not seen her cubs since the Lookout female was found near their den a couple of days ago. The Ndzilo female was at KK Crossing. 4 lion sightings: A single Gowrie male killed a kudu near West Street Bridge. The other 3 sightings consisted of lionesses from the Kambula pride and 6 of their cubs. Cape hunting dogs: The pack of 11 was viewed at their den in southwestern Charleston on both days. Many elephant and buffalo sightings were also recorded. #malamalagamereserve#itsallaboutthewildlife#safari#photosafari#bucketlist#meetsouthafrica#leopard#threeriversfemale