It’s Monday and the lost supper

I do hope that you are all splendidly well and are ready for another killer week of sightings in the South Luangwa. This week we are hearing from Tom Hardy along with some photos from Margaret Croft who have recently stayed with us at Robins House and experienced some incredible sightings so Tom and Margaret I am handing the story telling to you today:

“Our afternoon game drive had gone well, and we’d enjoyed our sundowners standing on the banks of the Luangwa River watching the bee-eaters posing on the trees. As it grew darker we set off for the evening drive with Daniel sweeping the searchlight, and our guide Fred keeping a sharp eye open for anything of interest. We knew that there were a couple of leopards in the area and hoped to see one, but it was not until we were nearly back to the boat that Fred called: ‘There’s a leopard over there to the left. No, it’s an impala – no, it’s a leopard AND an impala!’


We stopped close by, and as the light picked them out we saw a young leopard holding a fully gown impala by the throat. The impala was not yet dead, and being bigger than the leopard he was putting up a brave fight. Several times he attempted to stand and get away, but the leopard hung on grimly. Eventually the impala keeled over and lay on his side, with the leopard still holding on firmly to the throat.

Suddenly, from out of the gloom, up trotted one of the lionesses of the local pride. The leopard vanished in the opposite direction, and the lioness took possession of the now exhausted impala. She held it firmly, tossed it around a couple of times and ensured it was finally dead. The other four lionesses of the pride also appeared one by one, and the five of them settled down to enjoy their nice fresh supper.

We watched for some fifteen minutes as the lions ate. We were stunned by the drama of the kill, and we all felt sad for the leopard who’d had the skill to catch the impala in the first place, but had not had the chance to benefit from her efforts. Returning to Robin’s House for dinner and a smiling welcome from hostess Aggie, we felt privileged to have watched such a drama, and thankful that obtaining our own supper through Stephen’s and Michael’s exemplary service was a lot less trouble than the leopard had had!

As a postscript, four days later we were fortunate enough to see another leopard having just caught an impala in very much the same area. This time the leopard was able to kill the impala more quickly, and there was a muted cheer from our group as we saw her dragging the dead carcass off towards the trees, where she would be able to stash it safely in the thickets away from any troublesome lions.

Photos: Margaret Croft
Text: Tom Hardy

Wow – really nothing else to say is there!! Thank you so very much Margaret and Tom what an incredible trip you had and thank you so very much for sharing with us we really appreciate it.

To be honest with you not much left for me to say after that except here it is all systems go we are opening Tena Tena, Nsefu and Luangwa Bush Camping on Wednesday so we are all running around making the final touches and before you know it we will be launched into peak season.

So without any further procrastination I shall bid you all a very fond farewell and wish you all a splendid week with lots of smiles and laughter and don’t forget to look after each other.













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