Manager’s Report December 2014

Wild photo of the month

Wild photo of the month by Eleanor and Peter Craighead, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Wild photo of the month by Eleanor and Peter Craighead, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

December was a great month to end the year. We had lovely animal sightings, shared happiness and laughter over the festivities of Christmas and New Year’s and just before we said our last goodbyes to 2014, we received a heavy downpour of rain. This was our first heavy rains for the season and we welcomed it with open arms.

Breeding herd of buffaloes drinking water by Louis Liversage

Breeding herd of buffaloes drinking water by Louis Liversage

The rain we received was just enough to turn the dry Manyeleti River into a shallow stream. At the beginning, we were a bit concerned when flood warnings were issued. Luckily, the weather cleared up just in time and the river did not pick up. I was definitely not looking forward to enter 2015 with a flood! After the rain, we were entertained by a choir of frogs singing the most amazing songs each night around the ponds and fountains at the lodge. The sounds they make are so powerful and insistent, that some of our guests were looking for a recorder playing the sounds.

Matimba male lion by Morné Fouché

Matimba male lion by Morné Fouché

During the last few months, I dropped hints on where we have been improving and renovating around the lodge. I am happy to say that our dining room now has a brand new look with fresh paint, renovated tables and a new set of very comfortable chairs. This transformation was completed just in time to complement our new menu’s, which were also introduced this month. The chefs did a wonderful job preparing all the new, fresh summer dishes. Setting new menus is always a tricky task. A lot of thought and consideration goes into each and every dish. Our new menus are packed with a wide selection of crunchy summer salads, freshly baked breads and light meaty dishes. We have already received loads of compliments from guests and requests for recipes as well.

On the 25th and 31st, Janine and Louise did a wonderful job decorating the dining room for Christmas and New Year’s dinner. Guests were welcomed with a refreshing cocktail and the chefs once again went over the top with a wide selection of meats, salads and an “oh so heavenly” dessert buffets. Thank you to each and every guest who chose our lodge to celebrate these specials days and a special thank you to each and every staff member who gave their 100% during the festive season. We truly appreciate it! For those of you who travelled during the festive season, near or far, I hope you had a wonderful time and a safe journey home.

During December we also had a lot of children in camp. Elephant Plains is one of only a few child friendly lodges in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin and we enjoy having the younger generation with us. If you would like to treat your family to an African bush experience, be sure to contact our reservations team for availability and rates at reservations@elephantplains.co.za.

Trapcam photo - small herd of elephants drinking

Trapcam photo – small herd of elephants drinking

Our trapcam caught a small herd of elephants drinking whilst a buffalo was cooling down in the water at Leeukuil.With the lovely rain we had, there are many water options available to the animals and the bush is bursting with life.

This month we celebrated only two birthdays at the lodge. First up was little Martin Swart who celebrated his 2nd birthday on the 11th. Martin is a busy body, but can melt your heart with his friendly smile. Frank celebrated his birthday just two days before Christmas. I am sure the 23rd was a special day for him as well. Frank is one of our cooks,who always has new, innovative ideas up his sleeve. I hope both of you enjoyed your special days! To all our readers who celebrated their birthdays during December, we hope you also had a fantastic day, filled with happiness and laughter.

Our recipe of the month will definitely knock you off your feet! Thank you chef Reimond, for sharing this amazing Spaghetti Tower recipe with us. With something so quick and easy to make, you will never have an excuse not to spoil your guests with a tasty starter, or to use it as a vegetarian option.

Spaghetti Tower

(Makes 1 serving)

Spaghetti Tower

Spaghetti Tower

Ingredients

100g Spaghetti
1 Tbsp. Sundried Tomatoes (Finely Chopped)
1 tsp. Pistachio Nuts (Finely Chopped)
1 ½ tsp Basil Pesto
¼ Cup grated Parmesan Cheese

Dressing

Parsley
½ Tsp. Crushed Garlic
Pinch Salt
Pinch Black pepper
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
5 Drops Lemon Juice
5 Drops Tabasco (Red Pepper Sauce)

Heat a pot of water over a high heat until the water starts to boil. Add some salt to the water to flavour the spaghetti. Add the spaghetti to the boiling water and allow to cook for +- 10 minutes. While the spaghetti is busy cooking, chop the sundried tomatoes and the pistachio nuts into a fine crumb. In a pestle and mortar, crush together all the ingredients for the dressing until it becomes a very fine liquid. Remove the spaghetti from the pot, drain and rinse under hot water. Place the Spaghetti in a bowl and mix the basil pesto through the spaghetti thoroughly. Place the pesto onto a serving plate and garnish with the finely chopped pistachio nuts and sundried tomatoes. Drizzle the dressing over the spaghetti and sprinkle some parmesan cheese over the top just before serving.

Serve and enjoy!

My wish for each and everyone for 2015 is a year full of peace and happiness. Let’s grab 2015 by the horns!

All the best till next month
Tersia Fouché

Rangers Report December 2014

I cannot believe that 2014 came to an end so soon. It feels like just yesterday that we greeted it with open arms. The year was full of excitement, challenges and great surprises! It was such a treat to be out in the bush during this past year. Always remember, when you come on safari, that there are more to the bush than just the big animals. Take the time to stop and look at the frogs, beetles and flowers. Learn more about the smaller wonders of nature. We had 210mm of rain during December and the average maximum temperature was 28°C.   The rain did not only cool us down after a few extremely hot days, it also supplied water to all the waterholes and marsh areas on our property. All kinds of frogs are all over the show, singing in chorus with crickets and other small critters. After a long wait, we at last welcomed the new wildebeest calves, with the first one being spotted on the 2nd of December. We were very fortunate to see the pack of wild dogs which denned close to our lodge in the beginning of this year. The pups are almost as big as the adult dogs and still growing stronger by the day. Again fortune was upon us, as we saw the two cheetah brothers moving around, marking their territory.

Birmingham male lion by Dawie Jacobs

Birmingham male lion by Dawie Jacobs

Leopards

It was just awesome with regards to our spotted friends. Thandi is doing well for herself and hunting on a regular basis, as the little cubs are also eating meat. The cubs are so relaxed with the vehicles moving around them. It looks like the two cubs are one female and one male cub. It is not definitely confirmed yet. The little cubs run up and down, chasing each other and we have not seen clearly, but it looks like the one is a little bigger than the other. Shadow was also seen on a regular basis this month. It looks like she and the cubs are also doing very well and looking very healthy.We have seen her a few times with only one cub moving around with her. It would be bad if she loses one of her cubs again, or even both for that matter. We will keep a close eye on her to see if the other cub joins up. Nsele is a beautiful female leopard and now also a fantastic mother. Her two cubs are nice and big now and in superb condition, because Nsele is taking such good care of them. These cubs are still not the best when it comes to viewing them with the vehicles, but they are at least getting better. Kwatile was seen mating with Mvula again this month. This might mean that her young cub is almost old enough to take on the wilderness on its own. Bahuti, the young male leopard was also out and about doing what he does best, entertaining the vehicles. Time is running out for this wonderful young leopard as Mvula will not tolerate him for too much longer. Bahuti is getting bigger and as soon as he gets interested in the females he will need to go. Moya’s young male cub is still moving around in the area, but he needs to watch out for Anderson, as he might kill him if he finds him. Quarantine is becoming a beautiful male and he is getting nice and big – you can clearly see who his father is. Then it brings us to the big males in the area. Lamula was seen once this month and it is as if the pressure from both Tingana and Anderson is getting to him and he is moving more south. The time we saw him he was looking good,but he didn’t stay long before moving south again. Anderson is expanding a lot now, but more into Lamula’s area. We saw him far into Lamula’s territory stalking a big herd of buffaloes. Anderson is in the prime of his life and getting very bulky now. He also sports an impressive duel lap. Tingana is still holding on to his territory around our lodge, but Anderson is still trying his luck. It is almost like they came to an agreement that both males will use the area. Tingana is also looking great and is in great shape.

Lions

Elephants feeding by Dawie Jacobs

Elephants feeding by Dawie Jacobs

We had unbelievably great lion sightings this month. We nearly had lions around every corner of our traversing area. The two sub adult lionesses of the Styx pride left the rest of the pride and came to mate again with the big Matimba male lion. They are looking great and at almost four years of age they will be going into oestrus soon. Females will sometimes leave the pride in search of a suitable male to mate with if they do not have a dominant male in the pride. That is what is happening with the young Styx females, as they do not have a pride male except for their brothers. Although their fathers are the dominant males in the area they move around a lot and don’t stay with one pride, they have multiple prides under them. The Breakaway pride is still all together and fortunately has not lost one cub yet. The Majingilane male lions are spending a lot of their time with these young females and that is why they still have all nine cubs. One of the females is leaving the group on a regular basis and then she starts to contact call. One of the Majingi males has followed her around for a few days, but we did not see them mating yet. It might be that this young lady is coming into oestrus again and that is why the male is shadowing her. The cubs of the Breakaway pride are already over a year and a half old, so it might be that the females will go into oestrus. We have been fortunate to see the Nkuhuma pride again this month. This particular pride is now slowly claiming parts of the territory of the absent Styx pride that has moved more south about four months ago. The Nkuhuma pride is a medium sized group but with a few young females and a few adult females. If all the young females make it to adulthood this will be a great looking pride. We also saw the Tsalala pride that came in and killed a buffalo at Big Dam and they fed off it for a few days. The little Tsalala cubs are now beautiful sub adults and looking very healthy. The five young Birmingham male lions were also seen this month still moving around in our area. These five males are growing in confidence but they have to be careful that they are not over confident as this might be a problem for them. At this stage they are moving further and further south into the Majingi male lion’s territory but then they return to the north. The Four Majingi male lions were seen a lot more this month than in previous months. This might be because of the presence of the Birmingham males that are scent marking and roaring in Majingi territory. The Nkuhuma male lion was also seen this month, just saying hello as he passed through the area.

Buffaloes

Thandi's cub by Dawie Jacobs

Thandi’s cub by Dawie Jacobs

We were so blessed by their presence in the area this month. There were herds literary everywhere and there were quite a few times during game drive when you had to decide which herd you wanted to go and see. It is always great to see them moving through the area as a big herd. As with most herbivores, buffaloes also have their calves during this time of the year, as there is enough water and food supplies for them. We were so lucky to see a female with a newborn calve and I think there will be more females with newborns quite soon. The herds are still moving around on the areas that burnt down in September, as these areas have wonderful new growth. The old dagga boys are having a field day at this stage as there are so many mud wallows to choose from. These old boys can be found at the waterholes around the lodge and that makes our bush walks a bit more challenging.

Elephants

Hippo returning from a graze by Dawie Jacobs

Hippo returning from a graze by Dawie Jacobs

Elephant sightings were quiet at times, but we still had a few incredible sightings with the herds we saw in our area. The herds are slowly returning to our side after they had a visit to the Kruger National Park, where they enjoyed the nice green Mopani tree forests. Now that we are approaching the Marula season, the herds are heading back in our direction and it won’t be too long before we are once again spoiled with their presence. There was a lot more young males scattered all over than in previous months. With all the young males we had two or three big males in musth moving around. There was one bull in particular that was in a fight with another bull, as he had a nasty wound under his eye. Big bulls can and will sometimes fight to establish the dominance hierarchy between them. The presence of these big bulls within the herd makes the females and youngsters very anxious. A herd of elephants are made up of closely related females and their youngsters and all the males have to leave by the age of 14-17 years.

Special sighting

We have been following the four females of the Styx pride for a while now and what a surprise it was to see them mating with the Matimba males.If all goes well after the mating and both the females conceive, their pride will grow and we will have amazing sightings of lion cubs.

Did you know?

The bonds formed amongst male lions are much stronger than those between males and females within a lion pride.

I hope you enjoyed the last report for 2014. See you out on game drive soon!

Morné Fouché

Rangers Report November 2014

This was one of the best months, full of laughter, entertainment and loads of excitement. We were really on the edges of our seats at times, as the bush and all of its inhabitants did not stop to amaze us with everything they did. Finally the long wait is over as the bush suddenly came alive with newborn impalas, zebras and warthogs. We are still awaiting the wildebeest calves, but it won’t be too long before we see the first one. We also welcomed back our noisy friends, the woodland kingfishers, with their well known krit-trrrrrrrr sound. The veld is looking gorgeous and the burnt areas have really recovered well,as the ground floor is covered with bright green grass. Some of the trees that were damaged during the fire have also recovered well, as they have a lot of new green leaves.We had awesome sightings of general game and buffaloes that couldn’t get enough of the new green grass. We are not yet going off-road onto the burnt areas,because we want it to fully recover before we drive on it. We had some really hot days during the past month that pushed up well into the high thirties. With the high temperatures, we experienced days with very high humidity as well. We also had some incredible lightning storms with 47mm of rain. The average maximum temperature was 30°C. All the lovely rain gave new life and hope to some of the smaller creatures. Some of the wetland areas have a little bit of water in them and that makes the perfect place for frogs to mate and lay their eggs. Luck was on our side again this month as we had some great wild dog and cheetah sightings as well.

Female cheetah by Morné Fouché

Female cheetah by Morné Fouché

Leopards

The leopard sightings were just great! They were out and about, causing a lot of excitement for us and guest alike. Salayexe, our no. 1 lady has cubs once again and we know that her den is very close to our lodge. It is still early days, so we can’t say for sure how many cubs she’s got, but we saw that she’s got suckle marks. We went back to our sightings archives to see who the father might be and to our surprise the father seems to be Anderson. He mated with Salayexe on the 30th of July 2014. If you go and count 100-110 days from the 30th of July it corresponds to the time when we first saw suckle marks on her. She also mated with Tingana on the 16th of July,but it can’t be his cubs. We can’t wait to see the little bundles of joy for the first time when Salayexe brings them out to explore. We can only wonder if this will be the litter that will survive… Salayexe has had very bad luck when it comes to raising cubs. Kurula was very low on the radar and we did not see her often. Thandi is looking great and her cubs are doing great. They are very relaxed with the vehicles moving around them. Shadow on the other hand is the total opposite of her twin sister, Thandi. She was hiding a lot, so we did not get to see the cubs very often. Shadow likes to hide more in the thickets and she likes to moves the cubs around on a regular basis, to avoid getting any unwanted visitors. Kwatile is looking great at the moment and was seen moving around. Her young male cub is getting big now and is much more relaxed than a few months ago. Kwatile and Thandi were seen having a stand-off the one evening. This was bound to happen as their territories are right next to each other. To make matters worse, they are the same age, but Kwatile is a little bigger in size than what Thandi is. It will be interesting to know what will happen in the near future as both ladies are looking to expand their areas. Moya’s independent young male cub is looking fabulous and he is getting more relaxed with the vehicles. He has grown a lot in confidence, but is still small in size. Although this little legend eats very well every week or so, he can’t seem to pick up a lot of weight. Kurula’s two boys were seen a few times while moving around by themselves. It looks like she has broken all bonds with them. Nowdifficult times lie ahead when these young males have to look after themselves and try to stay alive. Bahuti is growing into a great leopard, still moving around in his father’s territory, but for how long we will have to wait and see. We had a surprise visit from Xivambalana and what a treat it was to see him. He is looking stunning and he grew up a lot since we last saw him. By the looks of things,this young male is still going to get bigger and stronger in the near future. Lamula was not seen a lot this month. He is spending a lot of his time south of our southern boundary. This was no surprise to us as Lamula was pressurized by both Anderson and Tingana, who’s also expanding and pushing Lamula more south. Surprisingly Anderson was truly like a ghost this month and he kept a very low profile. We got word that Anderson is also going further and further south, expanding his territory there. This might be why we did not see him more regularly.Tingana is looking great as always and he is spending a lot of his time in the western part of Mvula’s territory. It looks like Tingana is taunting Mvula at this stage, moving around and scent marking as he goes along. Mvula is still a magnificent animal and still a force to be reckoned with. Although he is getting older, he will still not back down from a fight.

Lions

Dwarf mongoose

Dwarf mongoose

Lion sightings were unbelievable this month, as we saw lions almost every day. With all the lions that moved through the area, we could clearly see that there were some changes happening with all the prides and coalitions. The name on everyone’s lips this month was definitely the Birmingham males. These young males have really caused a big uproar in the northern Sabi Sand Wildtuin when they moved into our area. These young guns are looking great and they are full of confidence, killing four young buffaloes in just three days. Even the elephants would be running when these young males come down the road. They are scent marking all over and to make everything even more interesting, they are roaring their territorial call. Birmingham is the name to be remembered, as it looks like these young males are here to stay. Who knows? Maybe they will be the next dominant coalition in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin. The Breakaway pride is in really good shape and looking very healthy. The four adult females are great hunters, so the cubs are eating well and growing up very fast. The young sub adult male cubs are looking great with their facial hair that is coming through. We can clearly see that one of the young males will have a very dark mane when he grows up, as the dark hair is already pushing through the blond hair. We had a few great sightings of the Nkuhuma pride, moving in and out of the area. We have been seeing more and more of the Nkuhuma pride these last few months, as they are moving further south than normal. After the Styx pride moved further south a few months ago, the Nkuhuma pride and the Talamati pride started moving into the Styx pride’s territory. We were also very fortunate to see the Talamati pride for the first time. The Talamati pride looks like a very strong pride and they are also very healthy. The two Matimba males are also looking great as always. These two big boys are spending a lot of their time with the Nkuhuma pride. The Nkuhuma females are really good buffalo hunters, so this might be the reason why they are sticking with this pride. The Majingi males are in fantastic shape and still looking majestically when they walk down the road. Both the Majingi and Matimba males need to be very wary of the new kids on the block that have their sights set on this area.

Buffaloes

Impala baby by Morné Fouché

Impala baby by Morné Fouché

This month it was buffaloes around every corner!We had a very big herd of about two hundred buffaloes moving through our area. The big herds just love the new growth on the burnt areas and we have seen the herds moving around our area for most of the month. These herds had a lot to do with the fact that we saw so many lions,as they were trailing them. With all this new growth, the buffaloes don’t have to move very far to find food and water. There are still some of the old buffalo cows that are still a bit skinny, but the rest of the younger animals are looking great and healthy. We also saw a few younger males hanging around some of the water holes. There were a few old dagga boys out and about as usual and we also had a few males that were hanging around our lodge. Our guests were spoiled with buffaloes on the open area, just lazing around in the water during the hot days.

Elephant

Kudu males by Morné Fouché

Kudu males by Morné Fouché

November was exceptionally good as far as elephant sightings go. We had a few stunning breeding herds of elephants, which moved around in our traversing area. There was one of the herds that went for a swim in one of the big waterholes to break the heat and to cool down. There were also a few little ones that did not want to get out of the water when the rest of the herd was ready to move on. One of the females was very vocal and caused a chain reaction through the rest of the adult females. Only then did the little ones get out of the water. It is fascinating to watch a herd of elephants feeding and socializing. The elephant is a very social animal and a close knit family. There is so much food around at the moment that the big herds have split up into smaller units again. We had a few big males that came through and moved between the female groups. Two of the males we saw were huge, with big tusks. It is always such a pleasure to see these big tuskers in the flesh and not only on a picture in a coffee table book.

Special sighting

How great it was to see the five young Birmingham male lions hunting and scent marking around our area. These 5 young beasts are big for their age and they will be a force to be reckoned with in the near future. If they manage to stay together for the next year or so, they might be the rulers of the northern part of the Sabi Sand Wildtuin.

Did you know?

The lappet-faced vultureis the biggest vulture you get in South Africa.

I hope you enjoyed this month’s report, see you out on game drive soon!

Morné Fouché

Manager’s Report November 2014

Wild Photo of the Month

by Gerd and Marlies, Munich, Germany

by Gerd and Marlies, Munich, Germany

Have you ever looked out of the window and thought, wow, the beauty of nature is breathtaking! I’ve experienced this feeling rather often the past couple of days, as the bush exploded into a landscape of lush green trees and fast growing grass. This all happened just after we received our first downpour for the rainy season. We had some wonderful rainy days this month, which we welcomed with open arms due to the extremely hot, humid days we experienced. Each day, after the rain, you can fill your lungs with fresh, African bush air. Pure bliss!

Grass notch on an elephant tusk by Morné Fouché

Grass notch on an elephant tusk by Morné Fouché

With all the rain, also comes some still standing water. As most of you know, mosquitoes breed around these puddles as they prefer moist, humid areas to lay their eggs. To protect our guests from mosquito bites, we provide insect repellent and all our rooms also have mosquito nets. Although we are in a low risk malaria area and not all mosquitoes carry the malaria virus, it is important to be sure that there are as little as possible mosquitoes around. Each year, the Department of Health sends out a team to spray lodges in our area against mosquitoes. This dedicated team paid us a visit this month and we are truly grateful of their services, helping us keep our guests and staff protected against itchy mosquito bites. Our maintenance team also does a great job, spraying drains and any confined spaces regularly to prevent any mosquitoes from multiplying.

Talamati pride lioness quenching her thirst by Morné Fouché

Talamati pride lioness quenching her thirst by Morné Fouché

Last month, I hinted that we were planning to revamp the dining room. Although we are still busy with some changes, it already looks totally different.

With a bit of paint and a new layer of stain on the tables, our dining room is taking on a true restaurant ambiance. Soon, the new chairs will also be ready and I am sure our guest will enjoy this stylish new look.

We will shortly also change over to a new menu with exciting dishes to complete the transformation. Thank you to each and every one who helped with this amazing project.

Trapcam photo

Trapcam photo

What a nice surprise it was when we discovered a hyena den on our property at the beginning of this month. We took the opportunity to place the trapcam at the den, hoping we could capture some interesting hyena activities. The clan occupying the den consists of seven youngsters, of which three are still tiny pups, ten adult females and one male. With all these hyenas, there is off course a lot of movement around the den. We had to carefully manoeuvre a vehicle very close to a tree to set up the camera without disturbing any of the clan members. Our trusty trapcam was working in overdrive during the few days we had the camera on the tree and managed to take thousands of pictures!The camera is extremely sensitive to movement and each and every picture shows either one or more of the clan members moving around, playing or sleeping close to the den entrance. It is quite special to see their daily routines and how protective they are of the pups, never allowing them to move more than a few feet away from the den entrance. Should one of the pups stray off, one of the females will quickly pick them up and take them back to where they belong.

This month we had only two birthdays at the lodge. Feitah celebrated her birthday on the 23rd. Feitah is currently on maternity leave, but I am sure she had a wonderful day. Lanette, our spa therapist, celebrated her birthday on the 25th. Lanette does not only pamper guest in the spa with relaxing treatments, she also helps out all around the lodge. Happy birthday ladies, I am sure there will be many more to come! To all our readers who celebrated their birthdays during November, we hope you also had a fantastic day, filled with happiness and laughter!

Have you ever had a mouth-watering piece of cheesecake at a coffee shop and wished you could bake one in the comfort of your own kitchen? Well, this month, Chef Linda shares an easy recipe to bake a yummy cheesecake yourself!

As our next report will only go out in January, I would like to wish each and every one a Merry Christmas and more than the best for the year to come! I hope 2015 will be a year full of love, laughter and loads of exciting surprises!

All the best till next year!
Tersia Fouché

Red Velvet cheesecake

Red Velvet cheesecake

Red Velvet cheesecake

(Serves 8)

440g Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
2 Eggs
80g Milk Chocolate
1 tbsp Red Coloring
1 box Oreo Cookies
2tbsp Melted Butter

Preheat the oven to 160?C. Grease a spring form cake tin. Finely crush the Oreos, mix with the butter and press into the cake tin. Allow to set in the fridge.

Beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until well blended. Add the eggs one at a time to the mixture until just incorporated. Measure 1 cup of the mixture out, then mix with the melted chocolate and red food coloring. Pour that into the base, and then carefully top with the white mixture. Bake for 40mins or until the center is just set, then allow to cool down. Refrigerate for about 3 hours.

Big 5 Sightings 01 to 07 December 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see sixteen wild dogs moving east from Shirley’s open area

Wild dog pups waiting for the pack to return after a hunt - Dawie Jacobs

Wild dog pups waiting for the pack to return after a hunt – Dawie Jacobs

Monday, 1 December 2014
(28ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants moving west from EP driveway
  • One buffalo bull resting at Gaby’s Crossing
  • One Nkuhuma male lion still feeding on his buffalo kill at Simbambili Dam
  • One elephant bull feeding on Zebra Drive
  • Another elephant bull feeding on Seepline
  • Another elephant bull feeding at Simbambili Dam
  • A breeding herd of about 100 buffalo’s feeding on Marula Bult

 

Tuesday, 2 December 2014
(29ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 80 buffalo’s feeding on Seepline
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Rocky Road
  • Another breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding on A-main
  • Mvula, the male leopard, feeding on an impala kill on Little Gowrie driveway
  • Another breeding herd of about 80 buffalo’s feeding on Rhino Ring South
  • One buffalo bull feeding at Leeukuil
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Kudu Drift

 

Wednesday, 3 December 2014
(30ºC)

  • Four buffalo bulls feeding on 2nd Windmill
  • Three buffalo bulls resting at Kraaines
  • Five Birmingham male lions resting south of Simbambili Dam
  • Quarantine, the male leopard, resting at Treehouse Pan
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants moving west from Big Dam
  • One elephant bull drinking water at Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about 80 buffalo’s feeding west of Big Dam
Quarantine the male leopard - Dawie Jacobs

Quarantine the male leopard – Dawie Jacobs

Thursday, 4 December 2014
(33ºC)

  • Five Birmingham male lions resting on Horseshoe East
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Serengeti Pan
  • The Tsalala lion pride feeding on a buffalo kill at Big Dam
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding on A-main
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, resting on EP driveway
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Our Southern Boundary
  • Anderson, the male leopard, mating with Nsele, the female leopard, on Our Western Boundary

 

Friday, 5 December 2014
(31ºC, 0.5mm)

  • A pack of about sixteen wild dogs moving east from Shirley’s
  • The Tsalala lion pride still on their buffalo kill at Big Dam
  • Three buffalo bulls resting on Sixes Road
  • One elephant bull feeding at Big Dam
  • Five Birmingham male lions resting on Eastern Bank Manyeleti
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Kudu Drift
  • A breeding herd of about 100 buffalo’s feeding on Marula Bult
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding on Our Southern Boundary

 

Saturday, 6 December2014
(28ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on MMM South
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Saseka Road
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Our Southern Boundary
  • One Nkuhuma male lion resting on Marula Bult Central
Hippo returning after a graze - Dawie Jacobs

Hippo returning after a graze – Dawie Jacobs

Sunday, 7 December 2014
(28ºC, 6mm)

  • Five Birmingham male lions hunting buffalo’s on 1st Windmill Road
  • One Nkuhuma male lion resting on Seepline Road
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Chestnut open area
  • Eight buffalo bulls resting at Kraaines Pan
  • Shadow, the female leopard, moving east with her cub on Tjololo Road