Elephant Plains Game Lodge

Big 5 Sightings 07 – 13 January 2013

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to have a pack of 16 wild dogs in our area.  It is always exciting to see them working and hunting together as a team and this week we saw them defending themselves against a hyena who came a bit too close.

 

Alpha Wild Dog keeping an watchful eye on a hyena

Alpha wild dog keeping a watchful eye on a hyena - Morné Fouché

Monday, 7 January 2013

(31ºC)

  • One Buffalo bull resting in the water at Seefs pan
  • One unknown young male leopard with an impala kill on Little Gowrie/Wessels Cutline
  • One elephant bull feeding on Wessels old driveway
  • Eleven wild dogs chasing a herd of impalas close to Tree House Pan
  • The three older Tsalala lionesses with the two sub adult females resting on A-main/EP delivery road
  • One buffalo bull resting in the water at Leeukuil Dam

 

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

(31ºC)

  • Five buffalo bulls resting on A-main close to Milkberry Road
  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding on Madash Road
  • Salayexe’s female leopard cub resting on Marula Bult Central Road
  • One buffalo bull moving west from 2nd Windmill Road

 

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

(34ºC)

  • One elephant bull feeding on Marula Bult Central Road
  • Salayexe’s female leopard cub resting north of Eastern Bank Manyeleti
  • Shadow, the female leopard and her two cubs, moving north from Zebra drive
  • Four buffalo bulls resting in the water at Serengeti Pan

 

Big elephant bull - Morné Fouché

Big elephant bull - Morné Fouché

Thursday, 10 January 2013

(36ºC, 15mm rain)

  • Two Breakaway Tsalala lionesses resting on Rhino Pan Road
  • Three buffalo bulls resting in the water at Rhino Pan
  • Shadow, the female leopard and her two cubs, moving north from 2nd Windmill Road
  • Two buffalo bulls resting in the water at Rampan
  • Two elephant bulls playing in the water at Big Dam
  • Moya, the female leopard, drinking water at Big Dam

 

Friday, 11 January 2013

(28ºC, 8mm rain)

  • The Styx lion pride hunting Zebra’s east of Wessels/Little Gowrie cutline
  • Five buffalo bulls moving west from Shirley’s Crossing
  • One unknown male leopard resting on a termite mount on Robson’s Boundary
  • Three buffalo bulls resting on Rocky Road

 

Saturday, 12 January 2013

(23ºC)

  • Eleven wild dogs eating an impala on the southern side of Safari airstrip
  • A breeding herd of about 10 elephants moving south on EP open area
  • Another breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding on Marula Bult North

 

Buffalo bull having a mud bath - Morné Fouché

Buffalo bull having a mud bath - Morné Fouché

Sunday, 13 January 2013

(27ºC, 4mm rain)

  • Sixteen wild dogs resting on Wetpatch open area
  • Salayexe, the female leopard and her cub, with an African Rock Python kill close to Eagle Owl Crossing
  • Three wild dogs moving south on Saseka Road
  • Four buffalo bulls resting on our Southern Boundary
  • One elephant bull feeding on Guarri Central
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