A predator Grand Slam! (24 May)
Few people have seen the ‘Grand Slam’ of predators – lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and spotted hyena – in one day. We wouldn’t have either, if not for the skills of our excellent guides. It was a memorable day for them as well, since nobody from Machaba Camp had seen cheetah in the area since the camp reopened early in 2013.
When Brendon and his guide, Leopard (yes, his name is Leopard and yes, it causes a bit of confusion over the radio…) found a fresh set of cheetah tracks, they tracked the animal down close to camp and realised that it was not alone. We spent nearly an hour admiring two cheetah brothers that had decided to explore the Khwai Concession for the first time (that we know of) in over two years. After the pack of seven wild dogs on the remains of an impala kill, three lionesses and the spotted hyena we’d already spotted that morning, this unexpected sighting brought our Grand Slam tally up to 4 out of 5.
Our sundowner spot, Leopard Lagoon (named after the animal, not the guide), lived up to its name and completed our predator Grand Slam with a very relaxed female leopard named Matsebe.