Big 5 Sightings 08 to 14 April 2019

  • The highlight of the week was cheetah killing impala in front of the lodge.
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Monday,08 April 2019 (27ºC)

  • One female cheetah hunting impala on Makhulu Open Area
  • A pack of eleven Africa Wild Dog on an impala kill at Misi Mati
  • Xidulu, the female leopard with her two cubs on an impala kill at Makhulu Open Area
  • Six members of the Nkuhuma lion pride on a fresh buffalo kill at 16th Crossing

Tuesday, 09 April 2019 (29ºC) 1mm

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard mating with Moya, the female leopard at Rhino Pan
  • One female cheetah resting on Makhulu Open Area
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her two cubs playing around 2nd Windmill
  • Two buffalo bulls wallowing at Island Crossing
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Mamba Road
  • Seven members of the Nkuhuma Pride of lions on their buffalo kill at 16th Crossing

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 (29ºC)

  • Moya, the female leopard on a territorial patrol around Big Dam
  • Eleven Members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions on their buffalo kill at 16th Crossing
  • One female cheetah hunting impala on Ngala Open Area
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on Zebra Drive
  • A pack of eleven Africa Wild Dog fighting about fifteen hyenas over an impala kill on Safari Driveway
  • A pack of nine African Wild Dogs resting on 2nd Windmill Road
  • One female cheetah on an impala kill at EP Flood Plains
  •  Eleven members of the Nkuhuma lion pride resting at Seef’s Pan
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Thursday, 11 April 2019 (28ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard hunting warthog before a hyena chased him away on Eastern Bank Manyeleti
  • Eleven members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Milkberry Road
  • A pack of about eleven African Wild Dogs resting at 2nd Windmill Pan
  • A herd of about thirty elephants feeding along Seepline Road
  • One buffalo bull feeding around Pungwe Pan

Friday, 12 April 2019 (28ºC)

  • Sibuye, the female leopard and her cub resting North of Treehouse Dam
  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub resting at Shirley’s Crossing
  • A pack of eleven African Wild Dogs chasing scrub hare on Mfezi Open Area
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard resting at 1st Windmill Crossing
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her two cubs walking along East Bank Marikeni
  • Two buffalo bulls resting at P.U mati

Saturday, 13 April 2019 (31ºC)

  • Six members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at White Cloth Open
  • Xidulu, the female leopard with her two cubs playing on Tjolo road
  • Nine African Wild Dogs moving North on Leadwood Road.
  • A group of ten African Wild dog running around EP Airstrip.
  • Three buffalo bulls resting at P.U. dam.
  • Tiyani the female leopard’s cub resting at Kibean’s crossing.
Photo by Gerhard van der Westhuizen

Sunday, 14 April 2019 (34ºC)

  • Ten members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions feeding on a juvenile giraffe at Chitwa and Little Gowrie cutline, next to Gowrie Main.
  • One elephant bull walking along A-Main, close to KBR road.
  • A breeding herd of about two hundred buffalos moving along Mutzenzeleke road.
  • Xidulu the female leopard and her cubs feeding on her kill at Simbambili and Arathusa safari cutline junction with Xigodi pan road.
  • One unknown male leopard walking over Londolozi Drift.

Big 5 Sightings 01 to 07 April 2019

  • The highlight of the week was Moya & Hukumuri mating
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Monday, 01 April 2019 (38ºC) 2mm

  • Tiyani, the female leopard with her impala kill on Marula Built Road
  • One buffalo bull mobile on Nyati Bamba Road
  • One elephant bull drinking on Nyati Bamba Road
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking along A-Main
  • Three buffalo bulls drinking at P.U Pan

Tuesday, 02 April 2019 (25ºC)

  • Nine members of the Torchwood pride of lions resting at Graveyard Pan
  • Eleven members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Horse Shoe East Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard playing with her cub at Tamboti Crossing
  • One elephant bull feeding at Xidulu Road
  • Three buffalo bulls feeding around P.U Pan

Wednesday, 03 April 2019 (26ºC)

  • Xidulu, the female leopard resting with her two cubs at 2nd Windmill Pan
  • Tiyani, the female leopard playing with her cub at Ngala Open Area
  • One elephant bull feeding at Horse Shoe Open Area
  • Three buffalo bulls wallowing in P.U Pan 
  • Tiyani, the female leopard walking along Kimbian’s Road
  • One elephant bull feeding along EP Driveway
  • A breeding herd of six elephants mobile along Robson’s Boundary
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Thursday, 04 April 2019 (30ºC)

  • Xidulu, the female leopard playing with her two cubs on Eastern Bank Marikeni
  • Two female lioness’ from the Nkuhuma Pride resting on Firebreak
  • One Nkuhuma lioness stalking zebra in Makhulu Open Area
  • Two members of the Nkuhuma Pride resting on Jozi Road
  • One Avoca male lion   resting at Pommie’s Pan Road
  • Two buffalo bulls resting at P.U Pan
  • Four Southern Ground Hornbills feeding on Makhulu Open Area

Friday, 05 April 2019 (32ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard and Moya, the female leopard mating together at Bushcamp West Road
  • Four Southern Ground Hornbills feeding on Makhulu Open Area

Saturday, 06 April 2019 (27ºC)

  • One elephant bull walking along Zebra Drive
  • A breeding herd of 5 elephants drinking at One Eye Pan
  • Four members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions with one of the Avoca males resting on Eastern Bank Manyeleti
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding around Gabby’s Cause Way
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Central Marula Built North
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Sunday, 07 April 2019 (31ºC)

  • Five members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Zebra Drive
  • Five Hyenas swimming in Rhino Pan

Big 5 Sightings 24 to 31 March 2019

  • The highlight of the week was Tiyani and Moya female leopards having a territorial dispute

Monday, 25 March 2019 (38ºC)

  • Tyani, the female leopard having a standoff with Moya, the female leopard at Kudu Drift Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard’s cub resting at the Pungwe Island Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about four elephants feeding at Madash Road

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 (29ºC)

  • Nsele, the female leopard resting at Rhino Pan with her impala kill
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking around Serengeti Open
  • A pack of eleven African wild dogs resting at Serengeti Open
  • Moya, the female leopard feeding on her scrub hare kill at Londoz Boundary
  • Nsele, the female leopard resting with her impala kill at Rhino Pan

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 (28ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about eight elephants feeding at Marakeni Drive
  • Eleven members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Road 7
  • Xidulu, the female leopard resting at Knob thorn Pan
  • Nsele, the female leopard resting with her impala kill at Rhino Pan
  • One buffalo bull resting at Londoz Boundary
  • Eleven members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Road 7
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking along Grass Cut Road
  • A pack of twelve African wild dogs resting at Buff Pan
  • Nsele the female leopard resting with her impala kill at Rhino Pan

Thursday, 28 March 2019 (35ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting with her cub at Tamboti Crossing
  • Three elephant bulls walking along Madash Road
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her two cubs resting at MMM South
  • Moya, the female leopard feeding on her impala kill at Boer Bean Open
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her two cubs feeding on their duiker kill at MMM South
  • Eleven members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions walking at Gowrie Main Road

Friday, 29 March 2019 (33ºC)

  • Moya, the female leopard resting at Boer Bean Open with her impala kill
  • Xidulu, the female leopard still feeding on her impala kill at MMM South
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking along MMM South
  • Two buffalo bulls resting at Island Loop Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard’s cub resting at Tamboti Crossing
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard resting at Safari Airstrip
  • Moya, the female leopard drinking water at Boerbean Open

Saturday, 30 March 2019 (33ºC)

  • Moya, the female leopard resting with her impala kill at Boerbean Open
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting with her impala kill at Marula Built Road
  • One elephant bull feeding at Londoz Drift
  • Tiyani, the female leopard feeding on her impala kill at Marula Built Road
  • Sibuye, the female leopard and her cub resting with their young kudu kill at Little Gowrie Driveway
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Safari Donga North
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard resting at A-Main

Sunday, 31 March 2019 (32ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting with her impala kill at Marula Built Road
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking along Boundary Pan
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants drinking water at Bushcamp Pan
  • One buffalo bull feeding at Picanini Utah Pan
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants drinking water at Picanini Utah Pan

Big 5 Sightings 18 to 24 March 2019

  • The highlight of the week was Xidulu, the female leopard, catching a scrub hare
Photo by G v/d Westhuizen

Monday, 18 March 2019 (32ºC)

  • Four elephant bulls feeding around Guarri Central
  • One elephant bull walking along Milkberry
  • A breeding herd of about one hundred Buffalos resting on Madash
  • A breeding herd of twenty elephants drinking water at Rampan
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding around Ximungwe Road
  • A group of eighteen African wild dogs running along Simbambili Firebreak
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting at Maboza Road

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 (32ºC) 3mm

  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting at Maboza Road with her cub
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding at Shumungwe Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants drinking water at Bush Camp Pan
  • Ten members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Boundary Pan
  • Xidulu, the female leopard walking along Xihumbane Road
  • Another breeding herd of sixteen elephants drinking water at Seef’s Pan
  • Another breeding herd of ten elephants feeding along Xidulu Road
  • A breeding herd of about one hundred buffalos feeding around Simbambili Dam
  • Ten members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions walking along Mutzenzeleke Road

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 (36ºC)

  • A breeding herd of ten elephants feeding along A-Main
  • Another breeding herd of ten elephants drinking water at Serengeti Dam
  • One elephant bull walking along Wetpatch Road
  • Another breeding herd of fifty elephants feeding along Shirleys and Safari Cutline
  • One elephant bull drinking water at Leeukuil
  • Another breeding herd of about six elephants feeding on Sixes Road
  • Another breeding her of elephants playing in the water at Bush Camp Pan

Thursday, 21 March 2019 (36ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female feeding on her impala kill on Guarri Central Road
  • Xidulu, the female leopard walking along Zebra Drive with her two cubs
  • Three elephant bulls feeding along Seef’s Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Robsons Boundary

Friday, 22 March 2019 (32ºC) 2.3mm

  • Tiyani, the female leopard feeding on her impala kill at Guarri Central Road
  • A pack of twelve African wild dogs hunting impala at Guarri Central Road
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking on Simbambili Firebreak Road
  • Two buffalo bulls resting at EP Driveway
  • Tiyani, the female leopard walking along Guarri Central Road
  • Xidulu, the female leopard feding on her impala kill with her two cubs at Pipeline Road
  • Kuchava, the female leopard walking along Chitwa Dam
  • The cub os Sibuye, the female leopard walking along Road 47

Saturday, 23 March 2019 (34ºC) 6.9mm

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking along Serengeti Crossing
  • Makhomsava, the female leopard walking along Milk berry Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard walking at Big Dam
  • Eleven members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions walking along Londoz Boundary
  • One elephant bull walking North to Hores Shoe Open
Photo by G v/d Westhuizen

Sunday, 24 March 2019 (33ºC)

  • The two cubs of Xidulu, the female leopard resting at Second Windmill
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting with her cub at Simbambili Firebreak
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard resting at Shortcut to Wetpach Road
  • Moya, the female leopard feeding on her scrubhare kill at Big Dam Link North
  • One elephant bull feeding at EP Airstrip
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Robsons Boundar
  • Five members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Big Dam
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking around EP Open

Big 5 Sightings 11 to 14 March 2019

  • The highlight of the week was Xidulu (the female leopard), and her cubs, feeding on a bushbuck kill
Photo by G v/d Westhuizen

Monday, 11 March 2019 (32ºC)

  • Four members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Sixes Road
  • Another four members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions drinking water at Baboon Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding along Marula Built Central West
  • Xidulu, the female leopard feeding on a bush buck kill with her two cubs at Mutzenzeleke Road
  • Three buffalo bulls resting at Tamboti Crossing
  • Another buffalo bull resting at Pungwe Crossing
  • One elephant bull feeding around Pungwe Crossing

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 (32ºC)

  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her two cubs resting with their bush buck kill at Mutzenzeleke Road
  • A breeding her of about fifty elephants feeding around Mutzenzeleke Road
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Saseka Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting with her cub at Maboza Road
  • Another breeding herd of about six elephants feeding along KBR Road
  • About six African wild dogs running along Safari Donga North
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding along One Eye Pan Road
  • Another breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding along Madash Road
  • One buffalo resting at Pungwe Pan
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding along Shinzele Road

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 (34ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding around Road 7
  • Five members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at 15th Crossing Road
  • Another four members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Seepline Road
  • A breeding herd of about one hundred buffalos feeding around Rhino Ring North
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking along MMM South
  • Another breeding herd of forty elephants drinking water at Big Dam

Thursday, 14 March 2019 (30ºC)

  • A group of eight African Wild dogs moving along Safari Track South Road
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard feeding on an impala kill at Southern Fork
  • A breeding herd of about one hundred buffalos feeding around Ngala Open
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking water at Rampan
  • Another breeding herd of about twelve elephants drinking water at Leeu Kuil
  • Two elephant bulls feeding around Tamboti Crossing
Photo by D Lombard

Friday, 15 March 2019 (28ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about one hundred buffalos feeding along Road 7
  • A group of eight African wild dogs running around EP Airstrip
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Rhino Ring North
  • One elephant bull walking along Big Dam
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard still feeding on his impala kill at Simbambili Safari Cutline
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding at Buff Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Tamboti Open

Saturday, 16 March 2019 (30ºC)

  • Xidulu, the female leopard resting with her two cubs at Safari Donga North
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard feeding on his impala kill at Simbambili Safari Cutline
  • One elephant bull feeding at MMM North
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding at Simbambili Safari Cutline
  • Another breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding at EP Open
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Misi Mati
  • A pack of eight afican wild dogs drinking water a Tree House Pan
  • A breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding at EP Open
  • One elephant bull feeding at Hose Shoe East.
  • A breeding herd of about hundred buffalos feeding at Konkoni road.

Sunday, 17 March 2019 (35ºC)

  • Six members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Tree House Mati
  • Two elephant bulls feeding at MMM South
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding along Lowveld Link
  • Xidulu, the female leopard walking across Safari Airstrip
  • A breeding herd of about fifty buffalo’s feeding at Ngala Open
  • One elephant bull feeding at Ntoma Crossing
  • Xidulu, the female leopard resting with her two cubs at Safari Donga North
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking along 2nd Windmill
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Pungwe Open