Guides and Guests from Nambiti Hills have been paying the utmost attention to our newest additions on the Reserve – female cheetah Xani and her two cubs.
Some Guests were lucky enough to see these astoundingly fast cubs hunt and kill a steenbok, showing that they’re beginning to adapt to their surroundings. However, toward the end of June there was some cause for concern…
Guides Siya and Biggie noticed that Xani and her cubs hadn’t moved away from their Kudu kill for three days. In the animal kingdom, this is a tense moment.
Cheetahs are known for their speed, not their strength. Due to their fast pace, they tire very quickly after a chase – and will eat as fast as possible, to avoid larger, stronger predators taking advantage of their vulnerable state.
When Xani and her cubs remained at the kill, their longevity was dramatically compromised. On day four, all the Guides on the Reserve breathed a sigh of relief when she finally moved away from the kill – putting herself and her cubs out of danger.
Guests then got to watch another heart-stopping chase by these lightning-paced animals on Game Drive.
We hope you’re as excited as we are to see how their story unfolds.