Elephant Plains Game Lodge

Big 5 Sightings 28 April to 04 May 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see twelve wild dogs hunting and killing a bushbuck on Mamba Road.

 

African wild dog - Louis Liversage Highlight  of the week

African wild dog – Louis Liversage Highlight of the week

Monday, 28 April 2014

(24ºC)

  • The Styx lion pride resting north of Safari driveway
  • Shadow, the female leopard, moving north with her cub from Seef’s Pan Road
  • Mvula, the male leopard, moving west from Gowrie Main
  • Two elephant bulls feeding on EP/Manyeleti cutline
  • One buffalo bull feeding on A-main

 

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

(29ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding north on MMM-South
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Big Dam Link South
  • The Styx lion pride hunting a blue wildebeest around 2nd Windmill
  • Twelve wild dogs hunting and killing a bushbuck on Mamba Road
  • Three buffalo bulls resting on Kudu Drift

 

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

(26ºC)

  • Twelve wild dogs moving north on Madash Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Southern Fork Road
  • The Styx lion pride resting at Knobthorn open area
  • Kurula, the female leopard’s two cubs, hunting impalas on Little Gowrie open area
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Safari driveway

 

Styx male lion - Louis Liversage

Styx male lion – Louis Liversage

Thursday, 1 May 2014

(28ºC)

  • The Styx lion pride feeding on two buffalo kills on Southern Fork Road
  • Mvula, the male leopard, mating with Thandi, the female leopard on Wessels/Little Gowrie cutline
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding around Baboon Pan
  • Bawuti, the young male leopard, hunting warthogs south of Baboon Pan
  • One buffalo bull feeding south of Gowrie Main
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on MMM North

 

Friday, 2 May 2014

(26ºC)

  • The Styx lion pride feeding on two buffalo kills on Southern Fork
  • A breeding herd of about five elephants moving west from Southern Fork Road
  • Shadow, the female leopard, moving south on Jerry Drive

Saturday, 3 May 2014

(28ºC)

  • The Styx lion pride feeding on two buffalo kills on Southern Fork Road
  • Lamula, the male leopard, resting in the Manyeleti River south of Serengeti Manyeleti Crossing
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Our Southern Boundary
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Seef’s Pan
  • Kurula’s cub feeding on an impala kill south of Wessels Crossing
Mvula and Thandi mating - Louis Liversage

Mvula and Thandi mating – Louis Liversage

Sunday, 4 May 2014

(28ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Gowrie Main
  • Kurula’s cub resting on Wessels Old driveway
  • The Styx lion pride still feeding on the two buffalo kills on Southern Fork Road

 

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One Response to “Big 5 Sightings 28 April to 04 May 2014”

  1. mgm1954 says:

    Was hoping to send this reply attached to the ‘Manager’s report for March 2014′ but here goes.

    Firstly, i want to say i follow the blogs of several lodges in the Kruger region. None have the attention to detail of Elephant Plains (EP). Just one example is every day’s max temp and rainfall is included. I find this very useful as it allows the reader to get a picture of situation re density of bush, how much grass will there be for the coming winter etc. I bet the area is bursting with young animals and plenty to feed on. That in turn brings in more predators etc.

    Secondly, the blogs demonstrate what a close knit and caring family the staff of EP are. This tells me that when i arrive in late july as a guest i will receive part of that same warmth and caring. It certainly makes me look forward to staying with great enthusiasm.

    It’s great to read Morne’s knee op has been a success. Tendon’s and ligaments are tricky things to repair.

    Wayne Dovey has left after 14 years! I’ll never meet him but all my correspondence Tersia Fouche regarding our bookings, gluten-free requirements etc has been dealt with promptly and expertly. I wish Wayne all the very best is his new career.

    The rain! We have close friends in Nelspruit and they together with reports from EP indicate the huge amount of rain experienced on several occasions over the past 5 months! I regularly read the reviews of guests at EP on TA and i was waiting to see someone complain how the rain had affected their stay. Well of the last 30 reviews 28 rated EP 5 star and 2 rated 4 star!! Not one guest mentioned the rain. Speaks for itself. Period.

    Marlet is one of only 2 manager/owners of the numerous lodges that responds to every review on TA. Again it tells the reader the EP attention to detail is exceptional.

    I can’t wait to visit EP. Meanwhile keep the interesting reports, wildlife pics and lovely recipes from Linda coming. Hennette is hanging to enjoy being treated at yr spa. Me… i want to share a beer with the rangers and hear there anecdotes from their time in the bush.

    regards
    Mike and Hennette.

    PS. Is Louis part of the famous Liversage family from Mutare Zimbabwe who have become renowned wildlife film-makers based in Botswana? One Liversage brother re-wrote Robert’s birds of Southern Africa.

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