Elephant Plains Game Lodge

Big 5 Sightings 31 March to 06 April 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see the Styx lion pride drinking water north of 2nd Windmill Pan

 

The four Styx sub adults - Dawie Jacobs

The four Styx sub adults – Dawie Jacobs

Monday, 31 March 2014

(28ºC, 14mm rain)

  • The Styx lion pride resting north of 2nd Windmill Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Rhino Ring West
  • Solo, the male lion, resting on Horseshoe open area
  • Robson’s, the male leopard, moving south from Wetpatch Road
  • Tingana, the male leopard, moving west from EP/Shirley’s cutline
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Sixes Road

 

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

(32ºC)

  • Tingana, the male leopard, feeding on a juvenile zebra kill on Simbambili Firebreak
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, moving south on Madash Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on Simbambili Firebreak
  • The Styx lion pride resting on Simbambili/Safari cutline
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on A-main
  • Two buffalo bulls resting in the water at Serengeti Pan
  • Twelve wild dogs moving north from Safari Dam
  • Robson’s, the male leopard, moving south from Wetpatch Road
  • One buffalo bull resting on Kudu Drift

 

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

(35ºC)

  • The Styx lion pride resting at Tshogoti Pan
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Simbambili Firebreak
  • Tingana, the male leopard, feeding on a zebra kill on Simbambili Firebreak
  • Twelve wild dogs hunting and killing an impala on Safari airstrip
  • Moya, the female leopard, moving east from Big Dam
  • Shadow, the female leopard, moving west from Safari driveway
  • Kurula, the female leopard, moving north from Baboon Pan
  • One buffalo bull resting at Tamboti open area
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Eastern Bank Manyeleti

 

Female hyena feeding - Dawie Jacobs

Female hyena feeding – Dawie Jacobs

Thursday, 3 April 2014

(34ºC)

  • Twelve wild dogs moving east on A-main
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Grasscut Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on Leopard Drift Road
  • Two Styx pride lionesses and three cubs resting close to Boerbean Pan
  • Bawuti, the male leopard, stalking waterbuck on Chitwa Chitwa open area
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Shirley’s open area

 

Friday, 4 April 2014

(27ºC)

  • Twelve wild dogs moving south from Treehouse Pan
  • Five elephant bulls feeding on MMM South
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding west of EP/Manyeleti Crossing
  • Kurula, the female leopard, and her two cubs feeding on a male bushbuck kill on Methlowani Road
  • The four sub-adult Styx lions resting on Ngala open area

 

Saturday, 5 April 2014

(25ºC)

  • Kurula, the female leopard, and her two sub-adult cubs moving east on Methlowani Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Methlowani Road
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Simbambili Firebreak
  • Solo, the male lion, resting south of Baboon Pan
  • The four sub-adult Styx lions moving east from Scops Owl Crossing

 

Salayexe the female leopard - Dawie Jacobs

Salayexe the female leopard – Dawie Jacobs

Sunday, 6 April 2014

(27ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on EP open area
  • One buffalo bull resting in a mud wallow on Bushcamp East
  • Mvula, the male leopard, moving west from Little Gowrie/Hoffman cutline

Big 5 Sightings 24 to 30 March 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was too have Solo, the male lion, resting on our airstrip

 

Solo, the male lion - Dawie Jacobs

Solo, the male lion – Dawie Jacobs

Monday, 24 March 2014

(29 ºC)

  • Tingana, the male leopard, moving north from Wetpatch Road
  • Twelve wild dogs moving west from Wetpatch Road
  • The Styx lion pride moving south on Madash Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on Safari driveway

 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

(32 ºC)

  • The Styx lion pride resting on Madash Road
  • Two buffalo bulls resting in EP Flood Plains
  • One buffalo bull resting at Serengeti/Manyeleti Crossing

 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

(29 ºC)

  • The Breakaway female lion pride feeding on a juvenile zebra kill and a juvenile giraffe kill west of EP airstrip
  • Solo, the male lion, moving west from Little Gowrie driveway
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on MMM-South
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Zebra Drive Road

 

Giraffe - Dawie Jacobs

Giraffe and Zebra – Dawie Jacobs

Thursday, 27 March 2014

(29 ºC)

  • Solo, the male lion, resting on EP airstrip
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on MMM-South
  • One buffalo bull resting in the water at Serengeti Pan
  • The Styx lion pride resting north of 2nd Windmill Pan

 

Friday, 28 March 2014

(25 ºC)

  • Two buffalo bulls resting in the water at Serengeti Pan
  • Moya, the female leopard, resting on our Southern Boundary
  • Robsons, the male leopard, resting on Rhino Ring West
  • Solo, the male lion, resting at Serengeti open area

 

Saturday, 29 March 2014

(28 ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on EP driveway
  • Two buffalo bulls resting in the water at Serengeti Pan
  • The Styx lion pride resting on Madash Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding close to Serengeti Pan

 

Side Stripe Jackal - Dawie Jacobs

Side Stripe Jackal – Dawie Jacobs

Sunday, 30 March 2014

(31 ºC)

  • Anderson, the male leopard, moving west from EP Old driveway
  • Mvula, the male leopard, moving north on MMM South
  • One buffalo bull resting on MMM North
  • The Styx lion pride resting on Simbambili firebreak

Big 5 Sightings 17 to 23 March 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see Tingana, the male leopard, drinking water in a river bed.

 

Tingana, the male leopard - Louis Liversage

Tingana, the male leopard – Louis Liversage

Monday, 17 March 2014

(33ºC, 1mm rain)

  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Rampan open area
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, moving north from EP/Simbambili cutline

 

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

(25ºC)

  • One elephant bull feeding on EP/Shirley’s cutline
  • The Styx lion pride resting on Road 7
  • One elephant bull feeding on Rhino Ring North
  • Kurula, the female leopard, feeding on a kudu kill with her two male cubs east of Lucas open area

 

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

(33ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on A-main
  • The Styx lion pride feeding on an impala kill at Simbambili open area
  • Tingana, the male leopard, moving west from Simbambili Dam

 

Elephant bull - Louis Liversage

Elephant bull – Louis Liversage

Thursday, 20 March 2014

(28ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Rhino Ring West
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, feeding on a bushbuck kill at Pungwe Crossing
  • Tingana, the male leopard, moving south from Land Cruiser Crossing

 

Friday, 21 March 2014

(26ºC)

  • One buffalo bull resting at Serengeti/Manyeleti Crossing
  • The Styx lion pride resting on Safari airstrip
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on EP/Shirley’s cutline
  • Tingana, the male leopard, stalking impalas on EP open area

 

Saturday, 22 March 2014

(29ºC)

  • Tingana, the male leopard, moving north on Guarri Central
  • One buffalo bull resting in EP/Manyeleti Crossing
  • The Styx lion pride resting west of Eastern Bank Marikeng

 

The Styx lion pride - Louis Liversage

The Styx lion pride – Louis Liversage

Sunday, 23 March 2014

(33ºC)

  • One buffalo bull resting in EP/Manyeleti Crossing
  • Mvula, the male leopard, mating with Shadow, the female leopard east of Chitwa Chitwa driveway
  • Twelve wild dogs resting on Gowrie Main
  • The Styx lion pride resting north of 2nd Windmill Pan
  • Tingana, the male leopard, moving north from Zebra Drive
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Grasscut Road

 


Big 5 Sightings 10 to 16 March 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see the Fourway lion pride resting on Chitwa Chitwa airstrip. 

Fourway Lion pride - Devon Becker

Fourway Lion pride – Devon Becker

Monday, 10 March 2014

(26ºC)

  • One elephant bull feeding on A-main
  • The young Robson’s male leopard resting on Kuala Bear Road
  • One of Kurula’s male cubs moving south from Baboon Pan
  • One buffalo bull resting at the Rocks

 

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

(30ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, moving south on Madash Road
  • Three buffalo bulls resting on Madash Road
  • The Styx lion pride moving west from Seef’s Pan Road
  • One elephant bull moving east on Safari driveway
  • Lamula, the male leopard, moving north from Kudu Drift
  • Tingana, the male leopard, resting on EP driveway

 

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

(34ºC, 4.5mm rain)

  • One elephant bull moving east on EP/Shirley’s cutline
  • Six lions of the Styx pride resting at Simbambili open area
  • Two buffalo bulls resting at 2nd Windmill Road
  • Lamula, the male leopard, moving south from our Southern Boundary

 

Breeding herd of elephants - Devon

Breeding herd of elephants – Devon

Thursday, 13 March 2014

(24ºC, 6mm rain)

  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Rhino Ring North
  • Another breeding herd of about five elephants feeding on Rhino Ring East
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Rhino Ring South

 

Friday, 14 March 2014

(24ºC)

  • Three wild dogs resting on Safari airstrip
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Marula Bult Central
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, moving south on Marula Bult Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Safari driveway
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Kudu Drift

 

Saturday, 15 March 2014

(30ºC)

  • Tingana, the male leopard, moving west on EP driveway
  • The Styx lion pride resting on Road 7
  • One buffalo bull resting on Simbambili Firebreak
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants moving south from Guarri Central

 

Giraffe - Devon Becker

Giraffe – Devon Becker

Sunday, 16 March 2014

(30ºC)

  • Tingana, the male leopard, moving east on Eastern Bank Manyeleti
  • One elephant bull feeding on EP airstrip
  • One buffalo bull resting at Kimbians Crossing
  • Three wild dogs moving east on Simbambili Firebreak
  • One buffalo bull resting at Buff Pan
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Simbambili Firebreak

Manager’s Report February 2013

Wild Photo of the Month. By Bror and Tuija West, Finland

Wild Photo of the Month. By Bror and Tuija West, Finland

As we ticked off the second month of the year, I can’t help asking what is going on with our weather. It has truly been quite unpredictable since January. We’ve had a lot of cloudy days with high humidity, only to see the sun come out behind the clouds for a while, before the sky closes again for a quick thunder shower. But then again, if everything in life was predictable, how boring would that be?

Female giraffe by Dawie Jacobs

Female giraffe by Dawie Jacobs

I mentioned in my previous reports that we were planning to do some work at the lodge and we started at the beginning of the month. First up was the dining room. We took out all the wooden door frames and replaced them with aluminium frames. These new doors have made quite a difference. The frames are not as wide as the original wooden ones and allow a lot more light into the room. We are very happy with the end result! We also gave one of the Luxury Suites a revamp. We closed Zebra Suite for a few days and this allowed us to also replace the frames with aluminium. While it was closed, we repainted the room and did some more work to it. It looks brand new! Over the course of the next few months, we will be renovating all the rooms and we are very excited about this venture.

Thandi, the female leopard by Louis Liversage

Thandi, the female leopard by Louis Liversage

This month we did not see much of Morné, our head ranger. You might ask why? Well, the poor man had to have a knee operation. Morné has been struggling with his knee for some time, after he injured it a few years ago while we were playing touch rugby on EP airstrip. As time passed, the problem worsened and his doctor confirmed that he needed an operation to repair some badly damaged ligaments. I am happy to report that the operation was a huge success and that he would be back at the lodge by the end of March. We wish him all the best with the recovery. Should a hippo chase us in the future, he might just be able to keep up now! In the interim we were joined by a familiar face. Stephen Pieterse, who also used to be head ranger and later manager, re-joined the team for two weeks to help out with game drives. I believe that Steve enjoyed to be back at EP and enjoyed his time here. We would like to thank him for helping out when we needed an extra ranger. I will be driving from middle March until Morné returns and am also looking forward to spending some time in the bush, sharing this beautiful area with our guests.

Salayexe, the female leopard by Dawie Jacob

Salayexe, the female leopard by Dawie Jacob

To all our guests who celebrated their birthdays this month, we hope you had a fantastic day, filled with love and laughter. May your future hold many more joyful days! At the lodge we had a couple of birthdays. On the 1st Morné celebrate his birthday. If you read our newsletter, you would know that as head ranger here at EP, Morné writes all the Rangers Reports, informing you of all the ins and outs that happened in the bush the past month. Morné has been with Elephant Plains for seven years now and we hope to still have him on staff for many more years. On the 2nd Morné’s tracker, Derrick, celebrated his birthday. As many of you, who have been on drive with these two, would know Derrick is a brilliant tracker and can follow animals deep into the bush. Next up was one of the faces that you would definitely remember if you’ve visited EP before, our barman Walter. He celebrated his birthday on the 7th, as always with the biggest smile possible on his face! Marlet celebrated her birthday on the 24th. As she spends her weeks in Nelspruit with Etienne jnr. being in school now, we did not see her, but I am sure that she had a lovely day spent with family and friends.

This month we employed another staff member. With the lodge being so busy, we thought that it would be a good idea to get an extra person to help out in a few areas, as needed. Marie van Wyk is a very hard working person that will go a long way here at lodge. She was brought up on a farm, so the bush is no strange place for her. She and her sister used to have a chicken farm that supplied some of the high market shops here in South Africa with chickens. She then went to Cape Town to try and see if she would be able to make it away from farm life, but needless to say she is back where she is happy and what better place to be, than the Sabi Sand! We also appointed a new maintenance manager, Hendrik Snyman. He started with a bang and we are very happy with what he has achieved so far. We hope that both of you would fall in love with the lodge, like all of us have and that you would enjoy working here for many years to come!

Trapcam photo of the month - Waterbuck

Trapcam photo of the month – Waterbuck

This month’s trap cam picture is two Waterbuck females, drinking water at Rampan. The name Waterbuck pretty much says it all. They like to stay around large areas of water and most times you will find them standing in the water itself, feeding on water cabbage. They are attractive antelope, with a massive white ring on their rump and a lovely, soft face. They do, however, carry a strong smell about them, as they have many glands on their legs. From being in and out of the water, they have a tendency to smell like a wet dog on a hot summer’s day! Overall, they are the (somewhat smelly) teddy bears of the bush, with their soft faces and shaggy coats.

I now hand you over to our Head Chef, Linda van Heerden, for her delicious recipe of the month. Chicken Milanese is a refreshing option for a hot summer’s afternoon lunch.

Monthly Recipe

Monthly Recipe. Chicken Milanese

Monthly Recipe. Chicken Milanese

Chicken Milanese
(Serves 4)

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Sweet Peppers
  • ½ Onion
  • 2 deseeded Tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp. Thyme
  • 2 tbsp. Oregano
  • 90ml Lemon Juice
  • 60ml Oil
  • 3 tbsp. Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Start by making the salsa. Cut the onion, sweet peppers and tomatoes into small blocks, season with coriander, salt, pepper and garlic. Mix the thyme, oregano, oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper for the marinade and place the chicken breasts into this. Arrange the chicken breasts onto a baking tray, allowing to marinade for about 2 hours. Bake for about 20mins. Once the chicken is cooked, allow to cool, slice into slices across the breast. Arrange the chicken onto plates, with some of the salsa over the top. Serve chilled with some honey and mustard dressing.

Honey mustard dressing:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. mustard
  • ½ tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ tbsp. water

Mix together well.

Serve and enjoy!

Well, that’s all from my side this month. Have a good one!

Wayne Dovey


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