We have been really fortunate over the past few weeks with the frequent Wild dog sightings, but yesterday we didn’t have to leave camp as the dogs decided to visit us at the camp dam and on our entrance road. It was a fantastic sighting as the pack was a rather large one, consisting of 29 dogs! We never tire of seeing these rare hunters. Both guests and staff of Tanda Tula enjoyed the sighting as they hung around the dam for some time after their meal.
In addition to the wild dogs, we have also enjoyed more exceptional leopard sightings. One of our well known female leopards (Ntombela) had a run in with a Hyena.
Her territory falls within the southernmost part of the Tanda Tula property and she had successfully brought down a female impala just an hour before we found her. We were lucky to spend a long time with her while she was feeding, but soon had to leave.
We returned in the afternoon to find that she had dragged her kill under a nearby tree to keep it out the sun and out of sight from other predators, but unfortunately that was short lived.
While we were watching her I noticed out the corner of my eye a hyena approaching at a rapid pace. She however did not see the hyena until it was at least 5 metres from her. The hyena just raced in without hesitation and stole her meal, and she got such a fright that she ran some distance from the us and the hyena. It all happened so fast and we were quit taken back and shocked.
We didn’t know whether to follow her or watch the hyena eat. I didn’t want to put any further pressure on her and decided it was best to sit tight and watch the hyena. The hyena moved away with the kill which Ntombela was clearly not happy with as when she realised what was going on she came rushing back towards it. I thought she was going to try win her meal back, but this was not the case. Instead she lay very close to the hyena and watched it, I presume in the hope that the hyena might leave some food behind for her to take back. It was fantastic to watch this predator on predator interaction.
Until next time,