The Nyika Plateau has recently treated guests and staff of Chelinda Lodge and Camp to some special sightings of Africa’s biggest cat.
In December 2018, the Central African Wilderness Safaris team reported a brief glimpse of a lone lion amidst the rolling grasslands of Nyika National Park and at the start of the year, they heard occasional roars echoing in the distance. In April, for the first time in many years, several guests and staff members saw not one, but two lions on the plateau crossing the road, just 200m away from Chelinda Lodge. They were also spotted again during the Easter break and since then, the team has continued to hear them roaring throughout the park.
Although the staff and guests visiting the park were lucky to spot one or both of the lions on several occasions, after months of waiting, some of the Chelinda guests finally managed to capture a photo of one of Nyika’s elusive lions!
The teams at Chelinda Camp and Chelinda Lodge are also conducting a regular lion patrol to try and gauge their whereabouts and movements on the plateau. They are unsure if the lions are going to stay around the Chelinda area on the plateau or are simply moving through the area.
Feature image courtesy of Conrad Hennig.