The pinnacle sighting was the famed three cheetah boys successful hunt of a tsessebe. Here the Kwara Camp guides and trackers put their skill on full display as we spent a solid hour tracking the cheetah brothers, much of it through difficult to maneuver mopane woodland area until we found our quarry. We then witnessed an incredible cooperative hunt.
Lions pass by one of our vehicles from Kwara Camp ©The Wild Source
One cheetah stalked toward a mixed group of grazing animals and once spotted, he chased them in the direction of his two brothers who then burst onto the scene singling out a young male tsessebe who they chased in a circular motion to send the prey back toward their brother who started the hunt. This worked perfectly for us as they ran right past our parked vehicle and the tsessebe, Africa’s fastest antelope, and one cheetah came sprinting past the right side of the vehicle while the other cheetah rocketed past the left side.
What an incredible sight to have these three animals displaying their top speed running directly at us and in an instant, blurring past. The original cheetah who had waited ahead took the angle and made the kill. This was a true ‘National Geographic’ type event to witness and for the rest of the safari the group discussed the incredible tracking job and how rewarding it was to see such an event as the result of using the ancient bush skills.
Other Kwara Camp Highlights:
- Three male lions parading by just a couple feet outside the open vehicles
- Elephant chasing hippos out of a waterhole. Lots of trumpeting and head shaking as one hippo kept trying to come back in
- Hammerkops and storks feasting on unreal numbers of frogs
- Daytime views of a honey badger and a family of side-striped jackals in camp
- Successful cheetah hunt
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