Big 5 Sightings 20 to 26 November 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see the mating lions

One male and female lion resting – Morné Fouché

Monday, 20 November 2017
(34ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting on Ximungwe Road
  • All the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Rhulani Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Rhulani Road
  • Another breeding herd of about seven elephants feeding on EP open area
  • Three buffalo bulls resting on Milkberry Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding around Shirley’s Crossing
  • Six buffalo bulls resting in the water at Serengeti Pan

Tuesday, 21 November 2017
(39ºC)

  • Two Birmingham male lions, three lionesses and six cubs of the Nkuhuma pride resting on MMM North
  • Eleven wild dogs resting at Kraaines Pan
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on our southern boundary
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting around Scops Owl Crossing
  • Two lionesses and two cubs of the Nkuhuma pride resting on Rhulani Road
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding at EP/Manyeleti Crossing
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding on Sixes Road
  • Six buffalo bulls drinking water at Rhino Pan

 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017
38ºC)

  • One lioness of the Tsalala pride mating with one of the Birmingham male lions at Big Dam
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on EP open area
  • Tiyani, the female leopard hunting and killing a scrub hare at Kraaines Pan
  • One elephant bull feeding close to Kraaines Pan
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeing on Rhino Ring East
  • Another breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding on Madash Road
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding on A-main

Hyenas playing outside our Hyena den – Morné Fouché

Thursday, 23 November 2017
(28ºC)

  • One lioness of the Tsalala pride hunting and killing a juvenile impala
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on A-main
  • One buffalo bull feeding on A-main
  • Two buffalo bulls resting in a mudwallow on EP open area
  • Kuchava, the young leopard female feeding on a juvenile impala kill
  • Shadow, the female leopard and Thandi, the female leopard having a standoff at Treehouse Pan

Friday, 24 November 2017
(27ºC)

  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Robsons boundary
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting on Ximungwe Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Rhino Ring North
  • Four buffalo bulls resting on A-main
  • One lioness of the Nkuhuma pride walking north on Marula Bult Road
  • Two Birmingham male lions resting on Rhulani Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Road 7

Saturday, 25 November 2017
(25ºC, 25 mm rain)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard scent marking around EP/Shirley’s cutline
  • The young Ingrid Dam female leopard resting on 1st Windmill Road
  • The daughter of Nsele the female leopard resting on Robsons boundary
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding on Wetpatch Road

One male lion – Morné Fouché

Sunday, 26 November 2017
(27ºC)

  • Tiyani the female leopard feeding on a young Impala kill at Pungwe Crossing
  • The young Ingrid Dam female leopard walking along Madash Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on Wetpatch Road
  • One unknown male leopard walking along Second Windmill Road
  • Tiyani the female leopard resting at EP/Simbambili Cutline Road

 

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Big 5 Sightings 13 to 19 November 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see Tiyani, the female leopard in a tree with her Bushbuck kill just outside our camp in front of one of the rooms.

Tiyani, the female leopard with a Steenbuck kill – Gerrit Ackerman

Monday, 13 November 2017
(26ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Rhino Midden Road
  • Two unknown lionesses and one male lion resting at Rhino Pan
  • Hosana, the male leopard, still feeding on his impala kill on Little Gowrie/Hoffman’s Cutline
  • One Birmingham male lion moving east from One Eye Pan
  • Six buffalo bulls resting at Kudu Drift
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, resting just east of Rhulani Road
  • Two buffalo bulls moving south from Leadwood Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Seef’s Pan

 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017
(35ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Milkberry Road
  • Eight buffalo bulls drinking water at Serengeti Pan
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding on Shirley’s Crossing Road
  • Two Unknown lionesses and one male lion resting at Rhino Pan
  • Ingrid Dam, the female leopard, resting up in tree on Madash Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants drinking water at Serengeti Pan

Young Ingrid Dam femal leopard – Gerrit Ackerman

 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017
(23ºC, 30mm rain)

  • A bachelor herd of 10 buffalo bulls feeding south on A-main Road
  • A breeding herd of about 10 elephants feeding close to Zimba Bridge
  • Three lionesses and one cub of the Tsalala pride resting on Shirley’s Crossing Road
  • Two Birmingham male lions resting on Guarri Central Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard with a bushbuck kill in a tree in front of the lodge
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Leopard Drift Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 10 elephants feeding around Serengeti Crossing

 

Thursday, 16 November 2017
(24ºC)

  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on the northern side of Ngala open area
  • Three lionesses and one cub of the Tsalala pride feeding on a kudu kill on Robson’s boundary.
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Rocky Road
  • Five buffalo bulls resting on our Southern boundary
  • A breeding herd of about 10 elephants feeding on Rocky Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding on Methlowani Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding close to Treehouse Pan Crossing
  • All the members of the Styx pride of lions resting on Little Gowrie driveway
  • Hosana, the young male leopard with a impala kill on Wessels old driveway

 

Friday, 17 November 2017
(28ºC)

  • Hosana the young male leopard feeding on his impala kill on Little Gowrie driveway.
  • One elephant bull feeding at Baboon Pan.
  • Three lionesses and 10 cubs of the Styx pride resting on new Little Gowrie driveway
  • The young Ingrid Dam leopard female resting on EP/Shirley’s Cutline
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Pommies Pan.
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Ximungwe Road.
  • A breeding herd of elephants of about 15 feeding at Eagle Owl Crossing.
  • Three lionesses and a cub of the Tsalala lion pride resting on Robsons boundary
  • One pangolin foraging just south of Boundary Pan.

 

Saturday, 18 November 2017
(30ºC)

  • Three lionesses and their cub of the Tsalala pride resting at Poachers corner.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Pommies Pan.
  • Six wild dogs running along MMM north.
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Madsh Road.
  • A breeding herd of about 10 feeding on A-main.
  • Abreeding herd of about 10 feeding on EP open.
  • Five buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Pan Road.
  • Young Ingrid dam female leopard resting on Wetpatch Road.

Hosana male leopard with a Impala kill – Gerrit Ackerman

 

Sunday, 19 November 2017
(32ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding in the Rhino ring block.
  • The young Ingrid dam female leopard resting at EP/Shirley’s Crossing.
  • Hossana the young male leopard resting with his impala kill on Little Gowrie driveway.
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on EP open area.
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Milkberry Road.

 

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Big 5 Sightings 06 to 13 November 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see Hosana, the male leopard, feeding on an impala kill on Little Gowrie/Hoffman’s Cutline

Hosana, the male Leopard – Dawie Lombard

Monday, 6 November 2017
(38ºC)

  • Hosana, the male leopard, hunting impalas at Baboon Pan
  • One Birmingham male lion resting north of Wessels camp
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, hunting Nyala’s on Rhino Ring North
  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting on Shimboma Road
  • One elephant bull moving north on Bushcamp East
  • Another elephant bull feeding on Mhisi Kaya Road

Tuesday, 7 November 2017
(34ºC)

  • Six buffalo bulls resting on Nyati Bamba Road
  • Two unknown lionesses and one male lion feeding on a Kudu kill at Picanini Utah
  • Nsele, the female leopard, moving south from Picanini Utah Boundary
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking water at Big Dam

Wednesday, 8 November 2017
(25ºC)

  • Six buffalo bulls resting on Nyati Bamba Road
  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with their eight cubs on Pump Track Road
  • Two unknown lionesses and one male lion feeding on a kudu kill on Picanini Utah
  • Hosana, the male leopard, resting south of Baboon Pan
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Big Dam

Hyena’s on a stolen kill – Dawie Lombard

Thursday, 9 November 2017
(28ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, moving south from EP Manyeleti Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants drinking water at EP open area
  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with their eight cubs on Wetpatch Road
  • Six buffalo bulls feeding on Puff Adder Road
  • Ingrid Dam, the female leopard, resting on Madash Road

Friday, 10 November 2017
(26ºC, 6mm)

  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Mhisi Kaya Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at EP Manyeleti Crossing
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, moving north from Nyati Road
  • One pangolin moving west from Madash Road
  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with their eight cubs on Simbambili open area
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Old Mhisi Kaya Road

Saturday, 11 November 2017
(24ºC, 4mm)

  • A pack of seven wild dogs hunting impala’s on Simbambili open area
  • Anderson, the male leopard, resting at Pungwe Pan
  • One lioness from the Nkuhuma pride resting with two cubs at Simbambili Dam
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, moving west from Horseshoe West
  • Three lionesses from the Tsalala pride resting with one cub on Our Southern Boundary
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Punphouse Road

The Ingrid dam female leopard in a tree – Dawie Lombard

Sunday, 12 November 2017
(27ºC)

  • Ingrid Dam, the female leopard, resting on Seepline Road
  • Four buffalo bulls resting at Kimbians Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about five elephants feeding on Our Southern Boundary
  • Another breeding herd of about five elephants drinking water at Rhino Pan
  • One buffalo bull drinking water at Rhino Pan
  • Hosana, the male leopard, feeding on an impala kill on Little Gowrie/Hoffman’s Cutline
  • One Birmingham male lion resting on White Cloth open area
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Kudu Drift

 

 

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Big 5 Sightings 30 October to 05 November 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see the Nkuhuma lion pride having a stand off with a buffalo bull at Picanini Utah Pan

Nkuhuma pride having a drink – Dawie Jocobs

Monday, 30 October 2017
(29ºC, 2mm)

  • A pack of eight wild dogs resting on Sawmill Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Ekiso Road
  • Six buffalo bulls feeding at Ekiso Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Rhino Pan
  • Thamba, the male leopard, resting at Chitwa Dam
  • Four members from the Tsalala pride resting at Grissly Bear Crossing

Tuesday, 31 October 2017
(31ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, moving north from Shortcut to Wetpatch
  • Four members from the Tsalala pride resting at Grissly Bear Crossing
  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with their six cubs on EP/Shirley’s cutline
  • Four buffalo bulls resting south of Grissly Bear Crossing
  • Five buffalo bulls feeding at EP/Manyaleti Crossing

Wednesday, 1 November 2017
(33ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on A-main
  • Six members from the Nkuhuma pride moving south on Kuala Bear Road
  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with one Birmingham male lion on Mamba Road
  • One pangolin feeding on Shumunge Road
  • Five buffalo bulls moving west on Rhino Pan Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Nyala Crossing

Southern yellow-billed hornbill – Dawie Jacobs

Thursday, 2 November 2017
(34ºC)

  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride hunting a buffalo bull with one Birmingham male lion at Picanini Utah Pan
  • Fifteen buffalo bulls feeding on Shirley’s Crossing
  • Hosana, the young male leopard, resting at Treehouse Pan
  • Ingrid Dam, the female leopard, resting at Simbambili Dam
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding around Ingwe Pan

Friday, 3 November 2017
(36ºC)

  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride drinking with their six cubs at Picanini Utah Pan
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Ekiso Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, walking east along Robson’s Boundary
  • Five buffalo bulls feeding on Sixes Road
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding on Nyati Road

Saturday, 4 November 2017
(34ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, drinking water at EP open area
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Shirley’s Crossing
  • Five buffalo bulls feeding at Shirley’s Crossing
  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with their eight cubs on Guarri Central Road

Young Ingrid dam female resting in a tree – Dawie Jacobs

Sunday, 5 November 2017
(30ºC)

  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with their eight cubs on Bushcamp West
  • Five buffalo bulls feeding at EP/Shirley’s cutline
  • A breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding at Buff Pan
  • One female elephant feeding her calf at Central Road

 

 

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Big 5 Sightings 16 to 22 October 2017

The highlight of the week was to see the elusive pangolin!  Pangolin sightings are not very common in our area and therefore these sightings are very special!

Pangolin – Morné Fouché

Monday, 16 October 2017
(36ºC)

  • Two Birmingham male lions, five lionesses and nine cubs of the Nkuhuma pride of lions
  • feeding on the giraffe kill on Madash Road
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants drinking water on EP open area
  • A pack of eight wild dogs resting on Lucas open area
  • Fifteen buffalo bulls feeding on A-Main Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants drinking water at Picanini Pan
  • Ingrid’s Dam, the young female leopard, stalking impalas on Wetpatch Road
  • One Pangolin foraging on Maraken Drive

 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017
(35ºC)

  • Three Birmingham male lions, two lionesses and two cubs of the Nkuhuma pride resting on Rhulani Road
  • Three lionesses and seven cubs of the Nkuhuma pride resting on Madash Road
  • Eight wild dogs hunting impalas close to Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants drinking water at Kraaines Pan
  • One buffalo bull resting on Sixes Road

 

Wednesday, 18 October 2017
(32ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants drinking water at Rampan
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Ximungwe Road
  • Three Birmingham male lions and the Nkuhuma pride resting on Rhino Ring West
  • Young Ingrid’s Dam female leopard, feeding on an impala kill on Rhino Ring North
  • Moya, the female leopard, resting in a tree on Kudu Drift
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting in a tree on Rhino Ring West
  • Moya, the female leopard’s daughter resting on A-Main
  • Four buffalo bulls resting on Simbambili firebreak

 

Wild Dogs – Dawie Jacobs

Thursday, 19 October 2017
(36ºC)

  • Four buffalo bulls resting on Ellie Carcass Road
  • Young Ingrid’s Dam female leopard still feeding on her impala kill
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Robson’s boundary
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on A-Main Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on EP open area
  • One Birmingham male lion, three lionesses and ten cubs of the Styx pride resting at Mhisi Mati
  • Shadow, the female leopard, scent marking around Baboon Pan

 

Friday, 20 October 2017
(31ºC)

  • Moya, the female leopard’s daughter, resting on Milkberry Road
  • Seven buffalo bulls drinking water at Serengeti Pan
  • Two Birmingham male lions, five lionesses and nine cubs drinking water at Big Dam
  • Nsele, the female leopard resting on Robson’s boundary
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on A-Main
  • Young Ingrid’s Dam female leopard finishing the remains of the impala kill on Rhino Ring North
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Rocky Road
  • A pack of five wild dogs running west on A-Main

 

Saturday, 21 October 2017
(28ºC)

  • Four buffalo bulls feeding on Ekiso Road
  • Two Birmingham male lions, five lionesses and eight cubs resting on Mfezi Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Rhino Ring West
  • Tiyani, the female leopard scent marking on Sawmill Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on A-main
  • One pangolin foraging on Road 7

Tingana the male leopard – Dawie Jacobs

 

Sunday, 22 October 2017
(36ºC)

  • One Birmingham male lion, five lionesses and eight cubs resting on Sawmill Road
  • One buffalo bull resting on Rhino Ring North
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Rhino Ring North
  • Four buffalo bulls resting on A-Main
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, with a duiker kill on Simbambili firebreak
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Francolin Road
  • Hosana and Tingana, the male leopards with an impala kill north of Treehouse Pan
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Big 5 Sightings 09 to 15 October 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was the two male cheetah’s who came to surprise us on Gowrie Main.

Two male cheetahs – Dawie Jacobs

Monday, 9 October 2017
(29ºC, 28mm rain)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, moving east from EP airstrip
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Leopard Drift
  • Another breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding at Big Dam
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Wetpatch Road
  • Anderson, the male leopard, resting on A-Main Road

Tuesday, 10 October 2017
(29ºC)

  • Three lionesses from the Nkuhuma lion pride resting with their six cubs and two Birmingham males east of Boundary Pan
  • Ingrid Dam, the female leopard, feeding on an impala kill on Marula Bult Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on A-Main road

Wednesday, 11 October 2017
(26ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Ekiso Road
  • Ingrid Dam, the female leopard, feeding on her impala kill on Marula Bult Road
  • Three lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with six cubs and two Birmingham male lions on Simbambili Firebreak
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, feeding on an impala kill on Wetpatch open area
  • Seven members from the Tsalala lion pride feeding on a buffalo kill on Puff Adder Road
  • Ten buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Ring West
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Shirley’s Crossing

Ingrid Dam, the female leopard – Louis Liversage

Thursday, 12 October 2017
(33ºC)

  • Anderson, the male leopard, feeding on a warthog kill at Pungwe Island Crossing
  • Seven members from the Tsalala lion pride resting on Sixes Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Horseshoe West
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding on Madash Road
  • Ingrid Dam, the female leopard, moving south from EP/Shirley’s cutline

Friday, 13 October 2017
(30ºC)

  • Anderson, the male leopard, feeding on a warthog kill on Pungwe Island Crossing
  • Six buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Ring South
  • One elephant bull feeding on Saseka Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on MMM North

Saturday, 14 October 2017
(28ºC)

  • Three lionesses from the Styx lion pride resting with ten cubs south of Wessels Camp
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, moving south from EP Lodge
  • Ten buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Ring West

Buffalo bull – Louis Liversage

Sunday, 15 October 2017
(29ºC)

  • Ten buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Ring West
  • Three lionesses from the Nkuhuma lion pride feeding on a giraffe kill with six cubs and two Birmingham male lions on Madash Road
  • Two male cheetahs resting on Gowrie Main
  • Tingana, the male leopard, moving south from MMM South
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at EP Manyeleti Crossing
  • Three buffalo bulls feeding at Grissly Bear Crossing
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