6 July- We all woke up excited to see what had happened in the north with the lions. The guys tracked the 5 Mapogo Males further north but then surprisingly they headed back west across our boundary. Reports from Singita said they too had tracks which headed all the way through their property meaning that the males had headed back to the centre of their territory in the west of the Sabi Sands. As far as we know the new males are still far east. Maybe the Mapogo just came through to give the Majingilane males a vocal warning that they are not welcome in this area. As far as we there has been no contact between the two coalitions.
7 July– One of the old Sparta Females was found near the Tugwaan drainage. She looked terrible and could hardly move.
8 July– We had a brief encounter near the Sand River of the two breakaway Sparta Lionesses and their two new cubs. All four animals headed east into the river. Tough times to be a little lion cub!
8 July– 6 members of the Styx pride were found on a kill in the north; this is very far west for them. We usually do not encounter the Styx pride at Londolozi but since the Lion Warfare began we are encountering them more often.
Written by: Adam Bannister