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Kwando Lebala/Lagoon - August/Sept 2012


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#1 madaboutcheetah

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 04:49 AM

Dear All,

Just back to reality after a lovely Kwando safari in Botswana.

As usual, my Thanks to my friends and guides - Spencer and Mr.Moe for all their skill and dedication to providing a great safari viewing experience. Thanks also to the wonderful camp management and hospitality at both Lebala and Lagoon camps run so efficiently by, Lebo and Charles (Lebala) and OB and Thuso at Lagoon. Fun times, Indeed!!!

This trip was all dogs and cheetahs for me ........ can hardly complain. At Lebala the pack had moved dens to the concession and great fun watching the interaction with the 9 puppies. Dogs setting off to hunt etc etc.,

Likewise, the Lagoon pack too in sublime form - moved dens a little more South (probably fleas at den) to the Zebra Pan area on the fringe of the mopane. Unfortunately, they went off hunting into the mopane everyday - but, great social interaction at the new densite. They were hunting buffalo on a regular basis when based from the old den, when they used to set off to the flood plains where the buffalo herds are at the moment. Guess they are doing kudu and warhog now. 18 dogs with 9 puppies here. With a large pack of this size, they are always doing something or the other.

Cheetah brothers doing well. Have been temporarily seperated the past two weeks. They are getting closer to the re-union as two brothers seem to be sniffing at the trail of the lead brother. All hunting and feeding well on kudu and impala. Saw two brothers take down a female kudu the other morning. They have been calling out in hope of the re-union ....... at one stage, they were over 50Kms apart. One brother way South near Twin Pools and the other brother way north in the upper Kwando. Still, always unpredictable and that's why they are my brothers ........... sleep all day when you think they are going to be active and then when unexpected, whack a kudu at 8am and let you get back to camp in time for brunch and a shower!!!!

Leopard and cub (smallest cub I've ever seen) right behind Lebala camp. Another female Leopard trying to defend it's Reedbuck carcass from a hyena at Lagoon. Missed the Magician - we did track for over 45 minutes the other day, but, I lost patience as we were transferring from LEbala to Lagoon that morning and was on a mission to get to the cheetahs in time.

Saw some random Lions here and there........ mostly sleeping as Lions do! The others at Lagoon saw a female and sub-adults take down a warthog!!! (I was at the dog den, ofcourse)........

Great general game at Lebala (Kudu, impala, warthog, a bushbuck in camp, giraffe). Big buffalo herds and plenty of elephant. One nice herd of Roan.

At Lebala, saw a single flamingo in 3 pans (Motswiri, Kubu and Baobab). Only the big pans down South hold the last drops of water. Bone dry at Lagoon, though ........

Elephants everywhere .........

One herd of 20 Sable and a shy biggish herd of Eland at Lagoon.

One lovely Kudu watching from a termite mound that I was able to inch closer and closer to get a good photograph. He was obviously watching the dogs running wild as they were returning to the den after their morning hunt.

Short boat ride to the Elephant drinking/crossing point across the left side of Lagoon camp. My first time on the Lagoon boat, ever!
Overall, a great time .............

Questions, please give me a shout.

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Edited by madaboutcheetah, 07 September 2012 - 05:08 AM.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 05:15 AM

Welcome back - sounds like you had some great sightings! :)
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 06:14 AM

Hari, this sounds very good - in fact better than that. I still live in hope one day you're going to give us another proper trip report, photos and all, but I am a realist. I suppose everything that we really need to know is there. :P


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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:27 AM

I am guessing the dogs that moved into the Lebala area are the Selinda Pack? There was mention on the GP website that they'd moved the den (I think due to lion activity).

Lucky Kwando, with 2 dens on the concession! And one at Kwara I believe.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:34 AM

Welcome back, look forward to seeing the pics. Pen

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:42 AM

Wondered why you had been so quiet, should have guessed that you were off in Bots. Sounds like quite a trip.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:51 AM

Thanks all for your kind comments and greetings.

Stokeygirl, I believe the Kwara dogs have already finished their denning - running wild now......

Good trip for sure and a great time after all the visa hassles and last minute changes.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:59 AM

Sounds like a dream trip... Agree with Pault... a proper day by day trip report and 200+ photos please. For once put the effort! :P

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:00 AM

Sounds like a dream trip... Agree with Pault... a proper day by day trip report and 200+ photos please. For once put the effort! :P


Ouch!!!
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:04 AM

Sounds a terrible experience, glad I didn't have to endure it....... :)

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:29 AM

Welcome back Hari. One more call for a Trip Report and pictures!

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:51 AM

Glad you had a good time Hari - why did you give Kwara a miss on this trip?

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 12:00 PM

Welcome back Hari. Aaaahhh, Kwando! How old do you think the 3 brothers are now?

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 12:09 PM

Welcome back Hari. Aaaahhh, Kwando! How old do you think the 3 brothers are now?


I would say the ones at Lagoon/Lebala are around 8. In 2007, four adolescent cheetah were being seen. Most believe these are the same cheetah sans one, possibly their mother. So, 2-3 years to to that stage, so perhaps born in 2004/5.

The three Tsum Tsum (Kwara) boys. That is a tough one. There are reports of the three brothers going back to at least 2004/5. I would put them in them in the 10-12 category, maybe older.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 12:42 PM

Thanks for the continued kind comments. Appreciate it!

Gaurang, regret not having gone to Kwara. Every guest I met, spoke highly of very good cheetah viewing there - the 3 brothers and a mother and cub. Mainly gave it the miss due to potential lack of access to Tsum Tsum this time of the year.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 12:49 PM


Welcome back Hari. Aaaahhh, Kwando! How old do you think the 3 brothers are now?


I would say the ones at Lagoon/Lebala are around 8. In 2007, four adolescent cheetah were being seen. Most believe these are the same cheetah sans one, possibly their mother. So, 2-3 years to to that stage, so perhaps born in 2004/5.

The three Tsum Tsum (Kwara) boys. That is a tough one. There are reports of the three brothers going back to at least 2004/5. I would put them in them in the 10-12 category, maybe older.


I'd say the 3 boys at Lagoon are 8-9. I personally feel very strongly that they were already dominant inside the western woodlands and in the upper Kwando north of Kwena Lagoon (where there is such limited road network - only a single road all the way to Besa). They came out onto the game drive routes only in 2007/08 when the blood brothers were on their last legs. Consistently viewed only from early 2008. Familiarized to vehicles around late 2008. I have pics of them from October 2008, where they already look in their prime. Even now, they go into those areas like a ghost without a trace for weeks at a time. BDF trucks have seen them in an open area wayyyyy north when they go out on patrol.

I heard that story of the 4 young males from Charles (2007) - but, it really can be any cheetahs there ........ Recently Balli and Spencer saw a mother with 4 cubs at John's pan never to be seen again (took off at the sight of the vehicle).

TT boys at Kwara - I saw them as young males in 2005. So, I'm guessing atleast 9-10? Not sure. Hobbs says there were 2 big boys prior to them.

Bear in mind, although the blood brothers were in existance from the late 90's - their dominance in all 3 concessions was only post 2001. In 2001 there were 2 coalitions of 2 boys in Kwando (one on each side died in a territorial dispute). That coalition came to an end in mid-2008. They at different times, liked different areas didn't they? They loved Selinda when really dry. Towards the end, they ignored Lebala and Selinda and spent most of their time either at Duma Tau or Lagoon.

Edited by madaboutcheetah, 07 September 2012 - 12:51 PM.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 12:53 PM

Sounds a terrible experience, glad I didn't have to endure it....... :)

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:35 PM

Welcome back, Hari! Adding my voice to the chorus... more pics AND more writing :)

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 03:56 PM

I am guessing the dogs that moved into the Lebala area are the Selinda Pack? There was mention on the GP website that they'd moved the den (I think due to lion activity).

Lucky Kwando, with 2 dens on the concession! And one at Kwara I believe.


When in Lebala, it's the Lebala pack, no?

Sure thing, Sangeeta. Will work on pictures when i have some time to breathe ......... and will write for sure.
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Posted 08 September 2012 - 02:45 AM

Bits of this and that ..........

On my way home at the JNB airport, I had left my Kwando baseball cap in the airport someplace and realized it when i got on the plane. The purser would not let me off the plane after boarding, but, offered to have the airport staff check it out. Finally, they had found it just when the doors were going to be closed. She said they'd have it mailed to me just like a lost luggage (yeah, what are my odds to see it again????) ....... I just bought it at the Lagoon gift shop the previous day because the older caps were tattered and done. I just had to have it!

What happens next - the plane sits on the runway and the pilot announces that there is something with the electricals that need to be checked ....... off we returned to the gate. Need i say more - it was a two hour delay and they got me my Kwando hat!

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