Cheetah mother provides for grown-up cubs

by Luanna Meyer & Ian Evans
(Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)

wait for me

wait for me

wait for me
where did they go?
come and get it
looking  good

We had watched a cheetah mother and her four rather large cubs lounging around in the shade of a camelthorn in the mid afternoon. Thinking that she might be disposed to hunt later in the day (following Mario and Jenny's sage advice, Page 143!), we returned to the loop road at the Dertiende Boorgat later that day--essentially on the other side of the river bed to where we had first spotted them. Suddenly the large herd of quietly grazing springbok and one lone wildebeest took off in a mad stampede of chaos and dust. We saw one of the cubs standing around looking bewildered and we assume that the mother had missed the kill, but we were wrong. She had brought down a large male springbok, and we watched as she called cubs over to partake. We took lots of photos but the problem was that it was now 5.30 pm and we had o get back to the Mata Mata camp before 6.00, without speeding. So reluctantly we left the site of the kill, but not without some lovely images of the cubs! Of course the next morning, as soon as we could, we left the camp at sunrise to go back to the site of the kill, where we saw who had claimed the last remains of the springbok--two pale southern chanting goshawks and a very fat hyena: it's a harsh life in the Kgalagadi, but nothing gets wasted!

Comments for Cheetah mother provides for grown-up cubs

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Nov 04, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Wow
by: Jenny

Wow! another great sighting - not many people get the chance to see a cheetah in action. Glad we could help and thanks for sharing your great pics!

Nov 03, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Nice!
by: Karl

That's when you wish there were elephants in the Kgalagadi - your instant excuse for arriving at camp late!

Nov 03, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Special sighting and images
by: Henry H

I always dread seeing a special sighting, like your cheetah kill, and then having to abandon it in order to get back to the camp!

Nov 03, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Lovely pics!
by: Norman

Thanks for sharing your experience and pics - pity about the gate closing time!

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Please do share Your interesting stories and photos with us!.

"Having a passion for the region myself and having had to learn about all the dynamics, waterholes and ideal routes to drive over a period of 6 years - I wish I had this guide on my first trip already!" - Morkel Erasmus, Secunda, South Africa

"Mario and Jenny take you to spots that are not always visited, and their descriptions of the more remote camps will allow you to make an informed decision without wasting time and money" - Bob & Sherry Shepardson, DeBary, Florida, USA

"Your time and money are valuable and the information in this book will help you save both." - Don Stilton, Florida, USA

"I highly recommend the book to anyone visiting Etosha National Park to photograph the animals - or anyone considering an African photography safari in the future." - Anne Darling, Cognac, France

"As a photographer and someone who has visited and taken photographs in the Pilanesberg National Park, I can safely say that with the knowledge gained from this eBook, your experiences and photographs will be much more memorable." - Alastair Stewart, B C, Canada

"This work is so much more than an eBook, because it is also a guide, a tutorial, an inspiration and a must-have for anyone interested in wildlife photography" - Findtripinfo.com, USA