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

Big 5 Sightings 22 to 27 October

The highlight of the week was the female cheetah and her two subadult cubs hunting and killing an impala female on Bushcamp East

Photo by Gerrit Ackerman

Monday, 22 October 2018 (24ºC)

  • Moya, the female leopard eating her duiker kill at Londoz Drift
  • Six members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions, and one sub adult Mhangeni male lion resting at Road 47
  • A breeding herd of about ten buffaloes resting at Poachers Corner
  • Tiyani, the female leopard scent marking on Kudu Drift Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on A-Main Road
  • Two honey badgers walking along Big Dam Link South

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 (27ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard resting south of Pungwe Pan
  • Two elephant bulls walking along One Eye Pan Road
  • Xidulu, the female leopard feeding on her impala kill at Central Road West
  • Moya, the female leopard walking north from Londoz Drift
  • One elephant bull feeding along EP old driveway
  • About thirteen buffalo bulls resting at Serengeti Pan

Photo by Gerrit Ackerman

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 (30ºC)

  • Xidulu, the female leopard resting in a tree with her kill at Central Road West
  • One elephant bull drinking water at one Eye Pan
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding along Chitwa /Little Gowrie Cutline
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Kuala Bear Road
  • Twelve buffalo bulls feeding on Star Chestnut Road

Thursday, 25 October 2018 (33ºC)

  • A breeding herd of twenty elephants feeding along One Eye Pan
  • Tiyani, the female leopard walking around A-Main Road
  • Six buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Pan Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Shirley’s open area

Friday, 26 October 2018 (34ºC)

  • Moya, the female leopard walking from A-Main to Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants playing in the mud at Rhino Pan
  • Three buffalo bulls resting on Rocky Road
  • The daughter of the Ingrids Dam female leopard, stalking a scrub hare on Kuala Bear Road
  • Three cheetahs resting on the southern part of EP airstrip
  • Fourteen buffalo bulls resting at Serengeti Pan

Photo by Gerrit Ackerman

Saturday, 27 October 2018 (35ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking along Pungwe Crossing
  • Ten members of the Nkuhuma pride, one subadult Talamati male and the three subadult Mhangeni male lions resting at Tree House Pan
  • Three cheetah’s resting at EP airstrip
  • Fifteen buffaloes feeding on Rhino Ring South
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on EP delivery Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding close to Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about 800 buffaloes feeding on Nkhoro open area

Sunday, 28 October 2018 (37ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard resting on A-main Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting at Kimbians Crossing
  • Three Cheetahs hunting and killing a female impala on Bushcamp East
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on EP open area
  • Fifteen buffalo bulls feeding close to Serengeti Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on One Eye Pan Road
  • Xidulu, the female leopard feeding on a grey duiker kill on MMM North