According to satellite information all four leopards recently introduced have wandered out of their respective home ranges and travelled between 150 and 200 kms each per month. They are all making regular kills and Africom 1 killed a young sable and left the remains of the carcass in a tree. Lady Anna killed an impala near Nsepete Hide.
Sightings of wildlife in general are also on the increase as with the onset of winter, all natural water holes have dried up. The artificial water-holes and the Shire River have become popular places to drink for the Majete wildlife. Elephant, sable, eland, warthog, waterbuck, impala and herds of buffalo have been daily visitors at the Thawale Lodge water-hole.
Tourism on the increase and New Airstrip now under construction
For the last three months, tourism numbers and revenue have been steadily increasing. In April 2012 revenue generated was up by 87% from April 2011. This was largely due to increased occupancy at Thawale Lodge and improved marketing and services offered by the tourism team.
An airstrip is also now being constructed in the Reserve which will enable Majete to provide services to international tourists who want to arrive by chartered flights. In addition, the airstrip will allow Majete to increase its monitoring and security of wildlife as well as creating easier access for any future wildlife relocations.