1 x breeding herd of elephant - Peru, Wilkin's Way
1 x breeding herd of buffalo - Argyle, Crossing Below Vyeboom Dam
The morning started off with the guides hearing a leopard calling on the other side of the Dam wall at the lodge, so they set off there and soon located Kuhanya leopardess. Her calls could very well be a sign that she is indeed in estrus and looking for a mate, and could maybe explain her behaviour over the last few days.
They followed her to the mudwallow behind Elephant Room where she rolled around in fresh buffalo droppings until her head was almost black! From there she continued to walk into camp and wander around the newest part of her territory, scent-marking as she went!
Kuhanya after rolling in buffalo droppings and then scent-marking her territory!
She even went as far as jumping onto the verandah of one of the rooms and checking it out! At the end of game drive, she was back in camp wandering around reception before moving into the bush.
Other than that, a small breeding herd of buffalo was on Piva Plains, and Marka headed south to see Nhlangula male rhino.
The afternoon proved to be a bit of a quiet one, no doubt due to the seering heat that we have been experiencing the last few days! Just some general game and buffalo and elephants were seen, bu the cats remained aloof; well, except for Kuhanya whom John saw sleeping on the patio of reception at about 18h10 in the evening! She did however move off into the bushes when she saw him, and was not seen again in camp during the night.