Big 5 Sightings 26 November to 2 December

 The highlight of the week was one male lion of the Avoka coalition visiting, and three cheetah’s moving through the area.

Monday,26 November 2018 (40ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard resting on Airport Link
  • Four members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Sawmill
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard on a Impala kill on Airport Link Road

 

Tuesday,27 November 2018 (39ºC)

  • A pack of four wild dogs and four pups resting on Rhino Ring West
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting with her impala kill on Kudu Drift
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on A-Main
  • Ten buffalo bulls feeding on Saseka Road
  • Sibuye, the female leopard resting west of Paul’s Camp

 

Wednesday,28 November 2018 (37ºC) 15mm Rain

  • Two wild dogs drinking water at Picanini Utah Pan
  • Four wild dogs and four pups resting on Bush Camp East
  • Three Cheetah catching and plying before feeding on their baby impala kill East of Picanini Utah Pan
  • One member of the Nkuhuma pride of lions drinking water at Picanini Utah Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding around Picanini Utah/Robeson’s Corner
  • Tiyani, the female leopard walking along Simbambili Firebreak 
  • Three cheetahs feeding on their impala kill on A-Main Road

Thursday,29 November 2018 (26ºC)

  • Six buffalo bulls feeding at Baboon’s Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants and one buffalo bull feeding on Rhino Midden Road
  • Six members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Picanini Utah Pan
  • One elephant bull feeding on Londoz Boundary
  • Xidulu, the female leopard resting on Safari/Simbambili Cutline Road

 

Friday,30 November 2018 (28ºC)

  • One Avoca male lion and two members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions on a Warthog kill on Horse Shoe East Road
  • A pack of eight wild dogs hunting and killing a baby impala South of Linda’s Drift
  • A breeding herd of about 10 elephants feeding on Rhulani Road

 

Saturday,1 December 2018 (33ºC)

  •  Two Ximungwe female lions resting at Picanini Utah Pan
  • Six members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions and two Mhangene male lions and one Talamati male lion resting at Three House Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding on MMM North
  • Six members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions and two Mhangene male lions and one Talamati male lion resting west of Three House Pan
  • Sibuye, the female leopard walking along Hoffmans Cutline
  • Xidulu, the female leopard walking along Simbambili Firebreak

Sunday,2 December 2018 (38ºC)

  • Four members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Mabuza Road
  •  A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Mehluane Open
  • Xidulu, the female leopard walking along Simbambili Firebreak
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Chitwa Open Area
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants drinking water at Chitwa Dam

 

Big 5 Sightings 19 to 25 November

Leopard Xidulu
– Gerhard van der Westhuizen

Monday,19 November 2018

(31ºC)

  • Four members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Serengeti Dam
  • Young Ingrid Dam female leopard resting on Star chestnut Road
  • Ingrid Dam female leopard walking on Rocky Road
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on Chestnut Open Area
  • Nine buffalo bulls feeding on Ep Open area

 

Tuesday,20 November 2018

(41ºC)

  • Young Ingrid dam female leopard resting at Our Father’s Crossing
  • Nine buffalo bulls resting on EP airstip
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Madash Road
  • Four members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Shirley’s pan
  • Two adult female wild dogs resting at Rhulani Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on Rhulani Road
  • Xidulu the female leopard walking on Tjololo Road

Wednesday,21 November 2018

(32ºC)

  • Four members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Simbambili fire brake
  • One buffalo bull resting on Tsalala Road
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on EP Open Area

Foam Nest Frog
– Gerhard van der Westhuizen

Thursday,22 November 2018

(28ºC)

  • Two wild dogs feeding on a impala kill at Picanini Utah fire brake
  • Another pack of 8 wild dogs resting at Big Dam
  • One elephant bull feeding at poachers Corner
  • Four members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions drinking water at Picanini Utah Pan

 

Friday,23 November 2018

(34ºC)

  • Two lionesses of the Ximungwe pride feeding on a impala kill on Simbambili fire break
  • A breeding herd of about 10 elephants feeding at Kimbions crossing
  • Hukumuri the male leopard walking on Nyati Bamba Road
  • 15 buffalo bulls feeding on Ekiso Road
  • Xidulu the female leopard resting West from Simbambili Dam
  • Sibuye the female leopard resting with her cub on a impala kill on Wors crossing Road
  • A group of 8 buffalo bulls feeding on Sixes Road

Lions Nkuhuma
Gerhard van der Westhuizen

Saturday,24 November 2018

(36ºC)

  • Four members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions feeding on their Nyala kill on A-Main
  • A group of about 10 buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Ring West Road
  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding on Simbambili fire break
  • Another group of 8 buffalo bulls feeding on Saseka Road

 

Sunday,25 November 2018

(37ºC)

  • A pack of four wild dogs with four pups resting on Marikene drive
  • Xidulu the female leopard walking on Marula Bult Central road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants walking over Safari Open area
  • Four members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Shirley’s pan
  • A group of about 15 buffalos bulls resting on Saseka road

 

Big 5 Sightings 12 to 18 November

The highlight of the week was to see Young Ingrid Dam female leopard

Monday,12 November 2018

(34ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding at Five Way Junction
  • Tiyani the female leopard resting in a tree at Simbambili Firebreak
  • Two Ximungwe lionesses and one young Talamati male lion resting on Simbambili Firebreak
  • One buffalo bull feeding at Poachers Corner
  • The Ingrid’s Dam female leopard’s cub stalking a nyala at Our Fathers Crossing
  • One Talamati male lion resting with four members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions at 47 Open

 

Tuesday,13 November 2018

(33ºC)

  • Tiyani the female leopard walking along Kudu Drift road
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding on Mamba Road
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants drinking water at Serengeti Pan
  • One buffalo bull feeding close to Serengeti pan
  • Two Nkuhuma pride lionesses resting on 2nd Windmill road

 

Wednesday,14 November 2018

(35ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding around Ntoma crossing
  • Four wild dogs drinking water at Picannini Utah Dam
  • Nine buffalo bulls drinking water at Rhulani Pan
  • Xidulu the female leopard resting on Marekene Drive
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride feeding on a impala kill at Tamboti crossing
  • Another breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on Simbambili fire break

 

Thursday,15 November 2018

(35ºC)

  • five members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Safari airstrip
  • Young Ingrid Dam female leopard walking south from Serengeti Dam
  • Moya the female leopard resting at Big Dam
  • Tiyani the female leopard resting at Pungwe Pan
  • One buffalo bull resting on Sixes road
  • Hukumuri the male leopard drinking water at Big Dam

 

Friday,16 November 2018

(37ºC)

  • Xidulu the female leopard resting at Broken Dam
  • A pack of four wild dogs resting on One Eye Pan road
  • A pack of four wild dogs and four pups resting at Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding close to EP open area
  • Five members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting in front of Paul’s camp

 

Saturday,17 November 2018

(40ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding at Boundary Pan
  • Tiyani the female leopard with a bushbuck kill in front of EP Camp
  • Xidulu the female leopard resting at Broken Dam
  • Four Nkuhuma lionesses resting on Metlowani Open Area
  • Three buffalo bulls walking on Puff adder Road
  • Four wild dogs with four pups resting on EP Open Area

 

Sunday,18 November 2018

(34ºC)

  • One Manghene male lion resting on Zebra Drive
  • Xidulu the female leopard resting on Magic Willy Road
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on EP/Shirley’s cutline Road
  • Young Ingrid Dam female leopard moving along Puff Adder Road

 

Big 5 sightings 05 to 11 November

The highlight of the week, was to see a young pangolin foraging for ants just before sunset

 

Monday, 05 November 2018

(36ºC)

  • Xidulu, the female leopard, resting on Xihumbane Road.
  • Two elephant bulls feeding on Simbambili Fire break.
  • A pack of four wild dogs and four pups resting on Marikene Drive.
  • The Styx pride of lions resting on Safari open area.
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Southern Fork Road.
  • One Talamati young male lion resting on One Eye Pan Road.
  • Xidulu, the female leopard, resting on Xihumbane Road.

 

Tuesday, 06 November 2018

(32ºC, 10mm rain)

  • Moya, the female leopard, feeding on a steenbok kill on Londoz Drift.
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding at Simbambili Dam.
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Southern Fork Road.
  • Xidulu the female leopard, feeding on a grey duiker kill on One Eye Pan Road.
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on EP Open aria.
  • Nine members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions and three Mhangene young male lions resting on MMM North.
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on A-Main Road.

 

Wednesday, 07 November 2018

(24ºC, 8mm rain)

  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on MMM South.
  • Another breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on Marula Bult Central.
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding at Rhino Pan.
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard and Tiyani, the female leopard with an impala kill on Rhino Ring South.
  • Xidulu, the female leopard, still feeding on her grey duiker kill on One Eye Pan Road.

 

Thursday, 08 November 2018

(32ºC)

  • One lioness of the Nkuhuma pride resting on Methlowani Road.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions and three of the Mhangene young males resting on Ngala open area.
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Rhulani Road.
  • A pack of four wild dogs resting on Simbambili firebreak.
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, scent marking on Ekiso Road.
  • Thandi, the female leopard, walking along Road 47.

 

Friday, 09 November 2018

(33ºC)

  • Xidulu, the female leopard, resting in a tree with her impala kill on Marula Bult Road.
  • Four buffalo bulls resting on Rocky Road.
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on MMM North.
  • Another breeding herd of about 30 elephants Mafufunyane Road.
  • Xidulu the female leopard, dropped her kill out of the tree and a hyena stole it on Marula Bult Road.
  • One elephant bull drinking water at EP open area.

 

Saturday, 10 November 2018

(32ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on EP open area.
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on MMM North.
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, resting on Rhulani Road.
  • Four buffalo bulls resting at Picannini Utha Pan.
  • Six buffalo bulls resting at Rhino Pan Road.
  • Xidulu the female leopard, with a kill on Simbambili firebreak.
  • Another breeding herd of elephants feeding on Pungwe open area.
  • Another breeding herd of about 10 elephants feeding on Simbambili firebreak.

 

Sunday, 11 November 2018

(32ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on 16th crossing Road.
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, still feeding on her impala kill on Pungwe Crossing.
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, stalking a warthog on Safari/Shirly’s Cutline Road.
  • Another breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on Shirly’s Link.

 

 

Big 5 Sightings 29 October to 04 November

Young Cheetah playing
– Gerrit Ackerman

Monday 29 October, 2018 (37ºC)

  • Xidulu the female leopard, feeding on a duiker kill on MMM North
  • The Nkuhuma pride, three young Mhangene pride and one of the young Talamati males resting on Gowrie Main Road
  • A breeding herd of elephants feeding on EP open area

 

Tuesday 30 October, 2018 (38ºC)

  • Xidulu the female leopard, resting at Pungwe Pan
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Ngala open area
  • Another breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding on Kudu Drift Road
  • A pack of four wild dogs and there four pups resting on Rhino ring west
  • Three cheetahs resting at Simbambili Dam
  • Xidulu the female leopard, resting at Rhulani Pan
  • A group of seven buffalos resting at Rhino Pan
  • Another group of 10 buffalos resting at Serengeti Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants drinking water at Serengeti Dam

 

Wednesday 31 October, 2018 (31ºC)

  • Three cheetahs resting on Simbambili/EP Cutline
  • Hukumuri the male leopard resting on Josie Road
  • Four wild dogs resting at Shirlys/EP Cutline Road
  • Hukumuri the male leopard feeding on a bushbuck kill in front of Simbambili camp
  • A breeding herd of about ten buffalos feeding on EP open area
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on Simbambili fire break
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Pungwe island
  • Another breeding herd of elephants feeding around Big Dam

Elephant in the Manyaleti
– Gerrit Ackerman

Thursday 01 November, 2018 (27ºC)

  • Three cheetahs feeding on three impala kills on Xidulu Road
  • Hukumuri the male leopard still on his bushbuck kill in front of Simbambili camp
  • Six members of the Nkuhuma pride resting on Buff skull south
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride resting at Red dam
  • A breeding herd of about 400 buffalos feeding at Matundeluka Pan
  • One buffalo bull feeding at A-Main
  • Three elephants feeding at Rhino Pan

 

Friday 02 November, 2018 (24ºC)

  • Xidulu the female leopard resting at Zebra Drive
  • Tiyani the female leopard on mamba Road
  • Two wild dog males on EP Driveway
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on A-main
  • Two buffalo bulls resting at Wetpatch Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on Madash Road
  • Three Cheetahs resting on Simbambili fire break
  • Hukumuri the male leopard on Central Road
  • Four members of the Nkuhuma pride resting at Seepline Road
  • Three young Mhangene male lions, one Talamati male lion and Five members of the Nkuhuma pride resting at Big Dam

 

Saturday 03 November, 2018 (26ºC)

  • Three Mhangene male lions, resting on Big Dam link north
  • Xidulu the female leopard, resting in a leadwood tree on Madash Road
  • Tiyani the female leopard, chased up a tree after hyenas stole her impala kill on Horseshoe west Road
  • One Talamati young male lion on Rhino ring west Road
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants on EP open area
  • Tiyani and Xidulu female leopards having a standoff at Rhino ring east
  • A breeding herd of about 10 elephants on Safari driveway
  • Three Mhangeni young male lions resting at Big Dam

Anderson male leopard
– Gerrit Ackerman

Sunday 04 November, 2018 (28ºC)

  • Anderson the male leopard walking along Robson’s boundary Road
  • Two elephant bulls feeding on Simbambili fire break
  • A breeding herd of about 40 buffalos resting on EP open area
  • Xidulu the female leopard, lost her scrub hare kill to a hyena
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions and three of the young Mhangene males resting at Chitwa air strip