Lone hyena vs massive pack of wild dogs

When a lone female hyena encountered a hostile pack of wild dogs at a waterhole near nThambo Tree Camp at Africa on Foot in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, it made for quite the spectacle. Hyenas get a bad rap. From The Lion King to the recent Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, hyenas are portrayed as…

Carnivore Feast in the Sabi Sand

While out on game drive, guests from Umkumbe Safari Lodge enjoyed two different sightings of carnivores feasting on recent kills. A clan of hyenas bathed in bloodied, matted fur were fully submerged inside the cavity of a dead buffalo. There was plenty of high-pitched cackles and excitement surrounding the availability of meat from their very…

Ezulwini Hyenas Displace Lions from Zebra Kill

The spotted hyena has a bad reputation in the bushveld for stealing leopard kills and putting pressure on lions to abandon their kills. While certainly notorious for their thieving ways and scavenging antics; the hyena is also actually a rather successful hunter. When there’s a free meal available, it’s far easier to intercept the big…

This April – When Hyenas Make a Fool of Super Predators…

The hyena is not the best looking animal but it’s certainly one of Africa’s most successful scavengers and ruthless carnivores. These stout morphologically dog-like creatures are the most misunderstood species in the safari world.  Notorious for being cowardly, cunning thieves and unrepentant killers; it’s no surprise that they have a bad reputation. Hyenas are actually highly social, intelligent and…