“I have had the pleasure to run into quite a few old acquaintances from last year. It was a treat to come across a resident couple of Barred Owlets that live along the Mkulumadzi river. They are a huge hit with everyone who’s lucky enough to see them. They are the cutest little owls you will ever see.
I came to know a very exclusive gentleman’s club of 3 buffalo bulls last year. They made the Mkulumadzi river their local pub and we (myself and the guests) often used to share our sundowners with them as they weren’t too bothered by our presence. I was pleased to run into them again the other day, grumpy as ever, looking at me like I owed them money from last year.
Massive herds of buffalo are also forming throughout the reserve as it’s drying up and they are concentrating around the remaining water sources.
The queen lioness Shire hasn’t been spotted in a long time and I’m fairly sure she has given birth to a new litter of cubs recently. It’s a very sensitive time in a lion cub’s life and we hope that as many of them as possible grow up to be big lions one day. Sadly, only 1 male survived out of last year’s litter but he has grown into such a strapping young lad! His mane is starting to show and he is almost the same size as his big sisters.
The big males, Chimwala and Sapitwa have gone off on their own for a major patrol around the reserve, marching tirelessly and making sure that no intruders are invading their space. They just might be in for a surprise by the end of the year when we hopefully have new lions arriving here at Majete.
That means that Elizabeth and her two daughters along with the young boy formed their own little gang, and by the looks of it they are doing just fine by themselves. They’ve obviously been raised right by Shire.
Majete is a true wilderness where every trip into the bush with experienced guides will feel like an adventure.
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