Big 5 Sightings 08 to 14 October

The highlight of the week was four of the Nkuhuma pride of lions and two unknown male lions on a Giraffe kill

Lioness Elephant plains
– Gerhard van der Westhuizen

Monday, 08 October 2018
(29ºC)
  • One buffalo bull resting at Picinini Pan
  • About twelve buffalo bulls resting at Rhino Pan
  • Five members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Rhino Ring West
  • Hukumuri the male leopard walking along Sawmill
  • Four members of tehNkuhuma pride of lions resting at One Eye Pan
  • Four adults and four pups of the Manyaleti wild dog pack hunting around the Old Borehole
  • Six buffalo bulls walking along Puffadder Road
  • A breeding herd of about fifty elephants feeding around Boundary Pan
Tuesday, 09 October, 2018
(31ºC)
  • Five members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Simbambili Open
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants walking along Madash Road
  • Another breeding herd of about six elephants feeding around Shortcut to Wet Patch
  • Tiyani the female leopard caught a scrub hare at Bush camp Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about eight elephants feeding around Picinini Utah
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen buffalo feeding around Picinini Utah
  • One elephant bull feeding at Sawmill Road
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
(33ºC)
  • Four adults with four young African wild dogs running along Marakeni Drive
  • Seven members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions feeding on a impala at Simbambili Dam
  • About twelve buffalo bulls feeding along Puffadder Road
  • One elephants bull drinking water at Serengeti Pan
  • Xidulu the female leopard moving along Old Borehole Crossing

African Wilddog Elephant – Gerhard van der Westhuizen

Thursday, 11 October 2018
(36ºC)
  • Five members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting around Kraaines Pan
  • Hukumuri the male leopard walking to Kimbions Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at 16th Crossing
  • Hukuhmuri the male leopard walking along Marula Built Road
  • A breeding herd feeding at Mabuza Raod
  • The two shumungwe lionesses resting with one unknown male lion at Picinini Utah
Friday,12 October 2018
(36ºC)
  • A group of about 20 buffalos resting on Star Chestnut open
  • Hukumuri the male leopard resting on Pump track Road
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions walking along with one unknown male lion on Pump track Road
  • Hukumuri the male leopars resting on Magic willy Open
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Ntoma crossing
  • The two lionesses of the Ximungwe pride resting with one unknown male lion at PU corner
Saturday,13 October 2018
(28ºC)
  • A breeding herd of about 60 buffalos drinking water at Chitwa Dam
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions walking with one unknown male lion on Robsons Boundary

Leopard-Hukumuri-Elephant-plains
_ Gerhard van der Westhuizen

Sunday,14 October 2018
(26ºC)
  • Xidulu the female leopard feeding on a impala kill on Scops crossing
  • Four Nkuhuma pride of lions and two unknown male lions on a giraffe kill at Serengeti Dam
  • A herd of about 10 buffalo bulls feeding around Shirley’s Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding around A main Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 15 elephants walking along Rhino Ring North road

Big 5 Sightings 01 to 07 October

The highlight of the week was The Nkuhuma pride of lions stealing the nyala kill from Hukumuri the male leopard

Hukumuri at Makhulu open
– Dawie Lombard

Monday, 01 October 2018
(32ºC)
  • Xidulu the female leopard feeding on her impala kill on Shinzele Road
  • A breeding herd of elephants feeding on Xidulu Road
  • A breeding heard of about twenty buffalos feeding on Rhino Pan Road
  • Another breeding heard of about thirty elephants feeding on Rhino pan Road
Tuesday, 02 October 2018
(396ºC)
  • Hukumuri the male leopard walking on the Southern side of EP Airstrip
  • Xidulu the female leopard drinking water at Pommies Pan
  • Tiyani the female leopard resting at Punwe Pan
  • A breeding herd of about ten buffalo bulls resting at Serengeti Pan
  • A breeding heard of about twenty buffalos resting At Picinini Utha Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding on Kudu Drift Road
Wednesday, 03 October 2018
(27ºC)
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions resting with two of the Mangheni male coalition at Sherley’s Link Road
  • Hukumuri the male leopard resting on Rhino Ring West Road with his Nyala kill
  • Tiyani the female leopard stalking a scrub hare on Simbambili Open area
  • A breeding herd of about twelve elephants feeding at Serengeti Open Area
  • One elephant bull feeding at Serengeti Manyaleti Crossing

-Dawie Lombard

Thursday, 04 October 2018
(21ºC)
  • Tiyani the female leopard resting at Ntoma Crossing
  • Three of the Nkuhuma pride of lionesses resting with one of the Mangheni male lions at KBR Road
  • Hosanna the male leopard feeding on his impala kill with Xidulu the female leopard resting nearby at Little Gowrie Driveway
  • Two young male lions of the Mangheni coalition walking along A-Main Road
  • One unknown male leopard walking over Gowrie Main Road
  • Anderson the male leopard feeding on his Duiker kill on A-Main Road
Friday,05 October 2018
(25ºC)
  • Hosanna the male leopard still feeding on his impala kill at Little Gowrie Driveway Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on East Bank Manyaleti Road
  • Three lionesses of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting with two young male lions of the Mangheni coalition and another young unknown male lion at Rhino Midden Road
  • Three lionesses of the Nkuhuma pride of lions with two of the Mangheni and one unknown male lion resting at Rhino Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 20 buffalos feeding at PU
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Kudu Drift road
Saturday,06 October 2018
(31ºC)
  • Two Ximungwe lionesses resting with a Nyala kill at Gowri Gate
  • Hukumuri the male leopard and Tiyani the female leopard mating on Rhulani Road
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting west of Eagle Owl crossing
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding at Eagle owl crossing
  • One Avoca male lion resting on Track South road

Avoca male lion
– Dawie Lombard

Sunday,07 October 2018
(34ºC)
  • Two wild dogs resting at Big Dam
  • A pack of 4 wild dogs with 4 pups resting on Marikeni drive feeding on a grey duiker kill
  • Hukumuri the male leopard and Tiyani the female leopard mating at Simbambili dam and Xidulu the female leopard joining them
  • Six buffalo bull feeding on Mhisi Kaya Road
  • One elephant bull feeding at Red Dam

Big 5 Sightings 24 to 30 September

The Big 5 highlight of the week was the two lionesses of the Ximungwe pride stealing the impala kill from the wild dogs
 

Hukumuri resting at Red Dam – Dawie Lombard

Monday, 24 September 2018
(29ºC)
  • A breeding herd of about 10 elephants feeding on Simbambili Dam Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on EP open area
  • The 2 Ximungwe lionesses resting at Simbambili Dam
  • Tiyani,the female leopard scent marking on EP/Simbambili cutline
  • A breeding herd of about twenty buffaloes resting on Robsons boundary
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on MMM South
Tuesday, 25 September 2018
(36ºC)
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on Arathusa/Shirley’s cutline
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on 15th Crossing Road
  • A breeding herd of about 20 buffaloes feeding on Parallel Road
Wednesday, 26 September 2018
(39ºC)
  • Five African wild dogs hunting impalas close to Picanini Utah Pan
  • The 2 Ximungwe pride lionesses stole the impala kill from the African wild dogs close to Picanini Utah Pan
  • Nsele, the female leopard drinking water at Rhino Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants drinking water at EP open area
  • Another breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding close to Leeukuil Pan
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard drinking water at Red Dam
  • Two buffalo bulls resting in the water at EP open area

Hyena
– Dawie Lombard

Thursday, 27 September 2018
(36ºC)
  • A pack of 8 African wild dogs and their pups running west on EP/Shirley’s cutline
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Rhulani Pan
  • Two Ximungwe pride lionesses moving east from Simbambili Dam
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding around EP/Manyeleti Crossing
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard caught a scrub hare on Track South of Safari
  • Tiyani, the female leopard hunting and catching a scrub hare at Land Cruiser Crossing
  • Another breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding close to Tamboti Crossing
  • One elephant bull drinking water at Simbambili Pan
Friday, 28 September 2018
(30ºC)
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting north of A-main Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard is moving north on Marula Bult North
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on A-main
  • One elephant bull feeding on Wetpatch Road
  • Moya, the female leopard feeding on an impala kill close to Grasscut Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on Simbambili firebreak
Saturday, 29 September 2018
(25ºC)
  • Tiyani, the female leopard feeding on a juvenile grey duiker on EP/Shirley’s cutline
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Seepline Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on Eastern Bank Manyeleti
  • Another elephant bull feeding close to Our Father’s Crossing
  • Moya, the female leopard resting on a termite mound on our southern boundary
  • Xidulu, the female leopard scent marking on Marula Bult
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding at 15th Crossing Road
  • One buffalo bull resting on Sixes Road

Hyena with a wild dog kill
– Dawie Lombard

Sunday, 30 September 2018
(26ºC)
  • One lioness of the Nkuhuma pride of lions and 2 young males from the Mhangene pride resting on Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Guarri Central
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting on EP Grasscut
  • Xidulu, the female leopard with an impala kill on Xinzele Road
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard scent marking on Elephant Carcass Road
  • One buffalo bull resting on EP Grasscut Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding close to Leeukuil
  • A breeding herd of about 20 buffaloes feeding on Rhino Pan Road

 

Big 5 Sightings 17 to 21 September

The highlight of the week was the wild dogs running with eight young pups close to the hyena den.
 
Monday,17 September 2018
(39ºC)
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, drinking water at Big Dam.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Pump Track Road with unknown young male lion.
  • One elephant bull feeding on Milkberry Road.
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on Bushcamp East Road.
  • Four adult wild dogs with 6 pups resting at Methluani open area.
  • One elephant bull feeding at Simbambili Dam.
  • Eleven buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Ring Road.
  • Xidulu the female leopard resting on One Eyed Pan open area.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions stalking impalas at 1st Windmill Road.

Lion
– Gerhard van der Westhuizen

Tuesday, 18 September 2018
(43ºC)
  • A pack of 8 wild dogs and their 9 pups resting close to Our Fathers Crossing.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions stalking a group of zebras on Simbambili firebreak.
  • Six buffalo bulls resting on Robsons boundary.
  • Xidulu the female leopard mating with Hukumuri the male leopard on Safari open area.
  • A breeding herd of elephants feeding on Simbambili Firebreak.
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
(42ºC)
  • Nsele the female leopard resting at Rhino Pan.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions drinking water at Rhino pan.
  • One elephant bull on Sixes Road.
  • Another elephant bull pushing trees over on Parallel Road.
  • Tiyani, the female leopard mating with Hukumuri, the male leopard on Zebra Drive
  • Xidulu, the female leopard feeding on a Steenbok kill on Mafufunyane Road
  • Anderson, the male leopard hunting and killing a impala on Puff adder Road
  • Six buffalo bulls feeding on Tjololo Road
Thursday, 20 September 2018
(23ºC)
  • Anderson, the male leopard still feeding on his impala kill on Puff adder Road
  • A pack of 8 wild dogs and their 9 pups playing on our southern boundary
  • An unknown young male lion and a young lioness of the Nkuhuma pride having a stand off with six hyenas at the hyena den
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Leopard Drift
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Kudu Drift
  • Another breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding around Serengeti Dam

African-Wild-dog
-Gerhard van der Westhuizen

Friday, 21 September 2018
(32ºC)
  • Ten buffalo bulls feeding on our southern boundary
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding close to Rocky Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard feeding on two bushbuck kills on Simbambili open area
  • The young Nkuhuma lioness and the unknown young male lion trying to steel the kill of Tiyani, the female leopard on Simbambili open area
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Big Dam
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on A-main Road
  • Six buffalo bulls feeding close to Our Fathers Crossing
 
Saturday, 22 September 2018
(28ºC)
  • All eleven members of the Nkuhuma pride as well as the unknown young male lion are back together and resting on MMM North
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on MMM North
  • Tiyani, the female leopard still feasting on her bushbuck kill on Simbambili open area
  • A herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Seefs Pan Road
  • The Styx pride of lions resting on Leopard Drift Road
  • Makhomsava, the female leopard with a scrub hare kill on Saseka Road
Sunday, 23 September 2018
(27ºC)
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard resting on EP/Shirley’s cutline
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Eastern Bank Manyeleti
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on A-main
  • Tiyani, the female leopard scent marking around Serengeti Dam
  • A bachelor group of 12 buffalo bulls feeding on EP/Shirley’s cutline
 

Big 5 Sightings 10 to 16 September

The highlight of the week was to see the wild dog pups of the Investec pack, for the first time.

– Gert Smit

Monday, 10 September 2018 (30ºC)
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, resting on Konkoni Road.
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on EP open area.
  • A breeding herd of about 20 buffalo’s feeding on Picanini Utah open.
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Ntoma Crossing.
  • Three buffalos feeding on Rulani Road.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions hunting and killing an impala on Kimbians Road.
  • Two young Mhangeni males, joining the Nkuhuma pride with the impala kill.
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 (35ºC)
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions killing a hyena on Island Crossing.
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding on Chestnut Open.
  • Another breeding herd of 30 elephants feeding on PU driveway.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions still resting Island Loop Road.
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 (37ºC)
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on EP open area.
  • Another breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on Nyati Bamba Road.
  • Ten buffalo bulls resting at Serengeti Dam.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions stalking a waterbuck at Second Windmill Road.
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, drinking water at EP open area.

– Gert Smit

Thursday, 13 September 2018 (35ºC)
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding at EP open area.
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on EP Delivery Road.
  • Xidulu, the female leopard, walking along Shomboma Road.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Tjololo Road.
  •  Another breeding herd of elephants feeding at Picanini Utah Pan.
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, stalking an impala on Milkberry Road.
  • An unknown male leopard, feeding on a nyala kill at Shirley’s Crossing.

Friday, 14 September 2018 (36ºC)

  • Ten buffalo bulls resting on Milkberry Road.
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Rhino Ring West.
  • Another breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on Eastern Bank Manyaleti.
  • Hukumuri the male leopard stole the nyala kill at Shirley’s Crossing.
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Ximungwe Road.
Saturday, 15 September 2018 (37ºC)
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, vocalizing around EP open area.
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, scent marking on Sawmill Road.
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on A-main Road.
  • Sebuye, the female leopard, and one cub feeding on an impala kill at Wors Crossing.
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on EP driveway.

– Gert Smit

Sunday, 16 September 2018 (38ºC)
  • Eight wild dogs with there pups resting on our southern boundary.
  • Thamba, the male leopard was chased up into a marula tree by the wild dogs.
  • Two lionesses of the Ximungwe prid was resting at Simbambili Firebreak Road.
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding at EP open area.
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, resting at Big Dam.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions and 1 unknown male lion resting on Chitwa driveway.