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Over the years, Ingwelala has never left me disappointed, no matter whether there has been an abundance of game, or whether the game viewing on the reserve has been quiet. There has always been a “highlight” - each and every visit.
While I had always said that this troubled pride of lions was doomed and would cease to exist by the end of 2009, I never really believed it would happen. After my last report on the Ingwelala website, things were going alright for the pride, but as usual, they hit a few stumbling blocks and ended up becoming separated and spread all over the reserve. They were making ends meet, but only just.
Reflecting back over the year 2009 marked an interesting year in the life of Ingwelala.
Much was achieved in the field:
It all began round 12h00 today. Bungalow #200 radioed to say the river is coming down.
We watched as it made its way to the causeway. No telling how long it will take to subside. Here are some photos, more in the latest photo gallery.
Ingwelala is truly a “leopard place” and we have many leopard tales from “Ingwe” to prove this, but this story is probably the best of them all. It is the famous, and often wrongly-told story of one “old-timer” who was attacked in the camp and lived to tell the tale. The story is about Oom Wolfie from bungalow 198. It's an amazing tale, and it is true, nogal!
I am starting to get really depressed about continuously sending you bad news about this pride. The last update had no sooner been posted on the Ingwelala website when Mother Nature scripted the next tragic installment of this pride’s real-life soap opera.
How many people think to shine their torch carefully at the tower before going up at night, especially after a glass or two of good red wine???