Elephant Plains Game Lodge

Big 5 Sightings 19 – 25 November 2012

The Big 5 highlight of the week was when Salayexe, the female leopard’s cub, dropped their juvenile impala kill out of the tree. Realizing what just happened and what she had done, the cub came down the tree and termite mount straight to the kill. Instinct kicked in and the 5 month old cub grabbed the dead impala by the neck and started to drag it back to the tree. With many attempts to hoist the kill and no success, mum came to the rescue and with no effort the kill was back in the tree.

 

Salayexe's cub with the juvenile impala kill - Morné Fouché

Salayexe's cub with the juvenile impala kill - Morné Fouché

Monday, 19 November 2012

(30ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard and her cub, still feeding on a juvenile impala kill on Marula Bult
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on Madashi Road
  • Three Buffalo bulls resting in the water at Serengeti Pan

 

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

(31ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding around Old Bushcamp
  • Salayexe, the female leopard and her cub, resting on Marula Bult, north of 4way Junction South
  • Three buffalo bulls resting in the water at Treehouse Pan
  • Eleven buffalo bulls resting in the water at Serengeti Pan
  • Four elephant bulls feeding on Bushcamp West
  • Moya, the female leopard, scent marking on Big Dam Link South

 

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

(32ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, stalking impalas on Marula Bult Central
  • One elephant bull drinking water on EP open area
  • Two buffalo bulls drinking water at Simbambili Dam
  • Two elephant bulls feeding in the Manyeleti Riverbed, close to Rampan

 

Young waterbuck bull - Morné Fouché

Young waterbuck bull - Morné Fouché

Thursday, 22 November

(31ºC)

  • Four Tsalala breakaway lionesses resting in the Manyeleti Riverbed, south of EP/Manyeleti Crossing
  • A pack of 12 wild dogs hunting and killing three juvenile impala close to Nkorho open area
  • A breeding herd of about 25 elephants feeding on Saseka Road
  • Five buffalo bulls resting on Serengeti open area
  • Another breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding close to Poacher’s Corner

 

Friday, 23 November 2012

(32ºC)

  • Four young Tsalala breakaway lionesses resting on Mfezi open area
  • Moya, the female leopard, stalking impalas around Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding close to Leeukuil
  • Two buffalo bulls resting in the water at Serengeti Pan
  • One buffalo bull resting in the water at Big Dam
  • Tingana, the male leopard, resting on Safari airstrip

 

Saturday, 24 November 2012

(33ºC,7mm rain)

  • Four Tsalala breakaway lionesses resting at Big Dam
  • BB and the older Tsalala lionesses with the two sub-adult cubs resting on Saseka Road
  • One buffalo bull rolling in the mud close to Leeukuil
  • One buffalo bull resting in the water at Rampan
  • Two elephant bulls feeding inside Kimbian’s Crossing
  • Salayexe, the female leopard and her cub, feeding on a juvenile impala kill at Kimbian’s Crossing
  • Another breeding herd of elephants feeding on Rhino Ring South

 

Tsalala Breakaway lionesses,  with elephants in the background - Morné Fouché

Tsalala Breakaway lionesses, with elephants in the background - Morné Fouché

Sunday, 25 November 2012

(33ºC)

  • Four Tsalala breakaway lionesses resting at Serengeti Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 25 elephants drinking water at Serengeti Pan
  • BB and the older Tsalala lionesses, with the two sub-adult cubs, resting in Nyala Crossing.
  • One Styx pride lioness and the two sub-adult male cubs resting on Seepline

 

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