Elephant Plains Game Lodge

Big 5 Sightings 29 October – 04 Noveber 2012

The Big 5 highlight of the week was spending some time with the Styx pride of lions and their small cubs. We haven’t had small cubs like that in the area for a very long time. We really enjoy watching them interacting with the rest of the pride members.

 

Styx pride of lions -  Willie Woest

Styx pride of lions - Willie Woest

Monday, 29 October 2012

(26 °C)

  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Rhino Ring East, close to Rhino Ring North
  • Two Nkuhuma lionesses with a juvenile buffalo kill on the western side of Simbambili Dam
  • A breeding herd of about 25 elephants feeding on the eastern side of Boundary Pan.
  • Tingana the male leopard approached the Nkuhuma lionesses with the kill, only to be chased away by them.
  • Salayexe the female leopard resting on the sand north of Ntoma Crossing.

 

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

(32 ºC)

  • The four young Tsalala Breakaway lionesses resting on MMM South, close to A-Main junction.
  • Salayexe the female leopard and her cub with a juvenile bushbuck kill close to Tamboti Crossing.
  • One wild dog running west towards Rhino Ring East.
  • Three buffalo bulls feeding south of Zimba Bridge
  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding close to Pommies Pan

 

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

(32 ºC)

  • Three buffalo bulls drinking water at Rhino Pan.
  • Two buffalo bulls resting in the water at Serengeti Pan.
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding in the dry Manyeleti riverbed, south of Serengeti Manyeleti Crossing.
  • Small breeding herd of about 10 elephants feeding close to 1st Windmill.
  • Tingana the male leopard stalking impalas on the southern side of EP airstrip.

 

Elephant mother & baby - Louis Liversage

Elephant mother & baby - Louis Liversage

Thursday, 1 November 2012

(23 ºC)

  • Three buffalo bulls feeding on A-main close to Leopard Drift
  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding around Old Bushcamp
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Serengeti open area, close to Serengeti Pan

 

Friday, 2 November 2012

(27 ºC)

  •  One wild dog contact calling around Pungwe Pan before moving south
  • The Styx pride lionesses with the 4 sub-adults cubs and the 3 small cubs resting on the southwestern side of Ingwe open.
  • One buffalo bull feeding on the eastern side of EP open area
  • Two buffalo bulls resting south of Serengeti Manyeleti Crossing.
  • One elephant bull feeding on Serengeti open area.
  • Kurula the female leopard moving north on Little Gowrie driveway.
  • Tingana the male leopard scent marking on Safari airstrip.
  • Salayexe the female leopard stalking and killing an impala male on EP Shirley’s cutline but lost it that evening as hyena stole it.

 

Saturday, 3 November 2012

(27 ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding close to Josie’s Road
  • The Styx pride lionesses with their 4 sub-adult cubs and the 3 small cubs resting south of Ingwe Pan
  • Two buffalo bulls resting in the water at Treehouse Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Gowrie Main close to Little Gowrie driveway

 

Tiger snake - Morné Fouché

Tiger snake - Morné Fouché

Sunday, 4 November 2012

(32 ºC)

  • The Styx pride lionesses with the 4 sub-adults and 3 small cubs still resting south of Ingwe Pan.
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding west of Shirley’s Crossing.
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants drinking water at Leeukuil
  • A pack of 11 wild dogs having a standoff with a few hyenas at Leeukuil

 

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