Big 5 Sightings 5-11 August 2019

The highlight of the week was Saseka, the newly named young female leopard caught a baby nyala on Shirley’s Open Area

Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Monday, 05 August 2019 (28ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding on EP airstrip
  • Two Ximungwe lionesses resting at Picanini Utah Pan
  • Tiyani, the female leopard’s cub resting in a tree at Morningside
  • Two female hyena and seven cubs resting at the den site off Mamba road
  • Four members of the Torchwood lion pride drinking water at Ingwe Dam
  • Anderson, the male leopard resting at Big Dam Link South
  •  Moya, the female leopard drinking water at Big Dam
  • Five buffalo bulls feeding in Picanini Utah

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 (26ºC)

  • One female hyena and 3 cubs resting at the den off Mamba road
  • Seven Nkuhuma lionesses with 2 cubs and one Avoca male lion resting on Southern Fork
  • Two honey badgers running along Madash road
  • A breeding herd of about 12 elephants feeding on Mutzenzeleke road
  • Xinzele, the female leopard hunting impala on Mamba drive
  • Another herd of about 20 elephants feeding on MMM North

Wednesday, 07 August 2019 (25ºC)

  • The young Nkuhuma male lion resting on Kudu Drift
  • Two honey badgers foraging on Seepline
  • Three adult hyena and seven cubs resting at the den site off Mamba road
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on EP Open Area
  • Tiyani, the female leopard walking across EP Flood Plain
  • Xinzele, the female leopard drinking water at Serengeti Dam
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Thursday, 08 August 2019 (28ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard on a young male impala kill on Rocky road
  • Two elephant bulls drinking water at Serengeti Dam
  • Anderson, the male leopard stole a female impala kill from Moya, the female leopard off Seepline
  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding on Mfezi Open Area
  • The young Nkuhuma male lion resting on One Eye Pan road
  • Six buffalo bulls resting on Firebreak

Friday, 09 August 2019 (37ºC)

  • Two cheetah walking along the Kruger National Park boundary
  • The young Nkuhuma male lion resting at Rulani Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Shirley’s Open Area
  • Five buffalo bulls feeding on Firebreak
  • Tiyani, the female leopard’s cub resting at Shirley’s Crossing
  • Tiyani, the female leopard walking along A-Main
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on EP Open Area

Saturday, 10 August 2019 (24ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub walking along Shirley’s Crossing
  • Two elephant bulls drinking water at Serengeti Dam
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Bushcamp West
  • Saseka, the young female leopard caught a baby nyala on Shirley’s Open Area

Sunday, 11 August 2019 (32ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 25 elephants drinking water in front of Simbambili Lodge
  • Tiyani, the female leopard with an impala kill that a clan pf hyena stole on Powerline road
  • Xinzele, the female leopard walking along Rhino Pan road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard walking along Ngala Open Area
  • One honey badger foraging on Horseshoe East

Big 5 Sightings 22 to 28 July 2019

  • The highlight of the week was three Avoca male lions and the Nkuhuma pride of lions on a buffalo kill
Photo by Chade Gelderman

Monday, 22 July 2019 (24ºC)

  • Two African wild dogs at Simbambili Dam
  • Two Avoca male lions and seven Nkuhuma pride members resting near Pungwe Pan
  • The hyena den was active
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding along 2nd Windmill Pan
  • Anderson, the male leopard, walking across Our Fathers Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about forty elephants crossing Londolozi Boundary towards Milkberry

Tuesday, 23 July 2019 (24ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the female leopard on a territorial patrol along Xinzele
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions and two Avoca male lions killed a warthog at Mehluane Open Area
  • One elephant bull drinking at Red Dam
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her cub on a steenbok kill south of Zebra Drive
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on EP Open Area

Wednesday, 24 July 2019 (25ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard killed a scrub hare on Rhino Ring East
  • Moya, the female leopard joined the Tiyani female leopard sighting
Photo by Chade Gelderman

Thursday, 25 July 2019 (28ºC)

  • The hyena den was active
  • A breeding herd of about forty elephants drinking at Serengeti Dam
  • Tiyani, the female leopard hunting along the Manyeleti River

Friday, 26 July 2019 (31ºC)

  • Moya, the female leopard walking in the drainage line East of Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding along Drongo South
  • One buffalo bull resting at Rhino Dam

Saturday, 27 July 2019 (30ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub on an impala kill at Ntoma Crossing
  • Three Avoca male lions and the Nkuhuma pride of lions feeding on their buffalo kill in front of Chitwa Chitwa Lodge
  • The hyena den was active
Photo by Chade Gelderman

Sunday, 28 July 2019 (30ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants at Bushcamp Pan
  • Five buffalo bulls feeding along Southern Fork
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking at Rampan

Big 5 Sightings 15 to 21 July 2019

  • The highlight of the week was seeing the new Nkuhuma pride cubs resting near the lodge
Photo by Chade Gelderman

Monday, 15 July 2019 (27º C)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking at Serengeti Pan
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, and her cub resting near Shirley’s Crossing
  • Three buffalo bulls resting in the water at Rhino Pan

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 (28º C)

  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on the fire break near Simbambili
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding along Bushcamp East
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding around Our Fathers Crossing

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 (27º C)

  • A herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Bushcamp Pan
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at One Eye Pan
  • One buffalo bull near Kraaines Pan
  • Moya, the female leopard, at Land Cruiser Crossing
  • A herd of about thirty elephants drinking at Leeukuil
Photo by Chade Gelderman

Thursday, 18 July 2019 (29º C)

  • A herd of about twenty elephants at Our Fathers Crossing
  • Three buffalo bulls feeding at Pungwe Pan
  • Two Avoca male lions on Old EP Driveway
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, on his warthog kill at Shirley’s crossing
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions and two cubs walking across Sawmill road

Friday, 19 July 2019 (27º C)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, and her cub on an impala kill near Rhino Ring West
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride at Seeffs Pan
  • Six buffalo bulls on Southern Fork
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants on EP Open Area
  • A breeding herd of about forty elephants at Rampan

Saturday, 20 July 2019 (29º C)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, and her cub on an impala kill near Rhino Ring West
  • Three buffalo bulls feeding along Rocky Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking in front of EP lodge
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions on Makhulu Open Area
Photo by Chade Gelderman

Sunday, 21 July 2019 (26ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, and her cub at Pungwe Pan
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking at Serengeti Pan
  • Three buffalo bulls feeding along Mamba Road
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, walking along Broken Dam Road

Big 5 Sightings 08 to 14 July 2019

  • The highlight of the week was nine members of the Styx lion pride attempting to hunt buffalo along Londolozi Boundary
Photo by Chade Gelderman

Monday, 08 July 2019 (28ºC)

  • Makhomsava, the female leopard, walking along Londolozi Boundary
  • Five members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Ram Pan
  • A breeding herd of about eight elephants feeding on Rocky Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, walking across Kimbeon’s Crossing
  • Moya, the female leopard, walking along Seepline
  • along A-main
  • Five buffalo bulls resting on Ximbane road
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on KBR
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, and her cub on a fresh bushbuck kill in camp

Tuesday, 09 July 2019 (27ºC)

  • Xinzele, the female leopard, resting on a termite mound at Londolozi Robson’s corner
  • Nsele, the female leopard, walking along Impala road
  • A breeding herd of about 10 elephants feeding on Sawmill
  • One honey badger catching mice on Big Dam Link South
  • Another breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on Milkberry
  • Xidulu, the female leopard, walking along Broken Dam road
  • Two elephant bulls feeding on 16th Crossing road
  • One honey badger walking along Big Dam Link North

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 (29ºC)

  • Four hyenas finishing off a warthog kill on Serengeti Open Area
  • Three hyena and two hyena cubs resting at the den site on Mamba road
  • Moya, the female leopard, hunting scrub hare around Big Dam
  • Xidulu, the female leopard, and her cub on a fresh impala kill at Seeff’s pan
  • Nsele, the female leopard, walking through PU
  • A herd of about 30 elephants feeding on Londolozi Boundary
  • Another herd of about 20 elephants feeding around Big Dam
Photo by Chade Gelderman

Thursday, 11 July 2019 (27ºC)

  • The Styx lion pride resting at Big Dam
  • The young Mhangeni male lion chased off a zebra kill by over 20 hyenas on Central road
  • Five members of the Nkuhuma lion pride resting on Shiboma road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, and her cub walking through Bushcamp pan
  • A herd of five elephants feeding on Bushcamp West
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, and her cub on a steenbuck kill off Francolin
  • Eight elephant bulls feeding along Bushcamp East
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma lion pride resting on Wetpatch

Friday, 12 July 2019 (32ºC)

  • Moya, the female leopard, walking along Seepline road
  • Four members of the Nkuhuma lion pride hunting impala around Pungwe Pan
  • One elephant bull feeding around Bushcamp Pan
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, resting in Simbambili Open Area
  • Xidulu, the female leopard walking along the firebreak
  • Five elephant bulls feeding on Rhino Pan road
  • One buffalo bull resting on Rhino Pan road

Saturday, 13 July 2019 (31ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, and her cub resting along the fence line
  • One buffalo bull wallowing at Kraaines
  • A herd of about 20 elephants feeding along Londolozi Boundary
  • Xinzele, the female leopard, resting on a termite mound on Chestnut Open
  • Seven African wild dogs feeding on a fresh duiker kill on EP Shirley’s cutline
  • Another herd of about 20 elephants feeding on EP Shirley’s cutline
Photo by Chade Gelderman

Sunday, 14 July 2019 (29ºC)

  • Xinzele, the female leopard, resting on a termite mound on Rocky road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, and her cub on a fresh duiker kill at Pungwe Pan
  • Nine members of the Styx lion pride attempting to hunt buffalo along Londolozi Boundary
  • Three buffalo bulls resting along Londolozi Boundary
  • One elephant bull crossing Londolozi Boundary
  • Seven members of the Nkuhuma lion pride drinking at Serengeti Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 50 elephants feeding on KBR
  • Seven members of the Nkuhuma lion pride walking across A-main
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, resting on a termite mound on Makhulu Open Area
  • Another breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding around Bushcamp Pan

Big 5 Sightings 01 to 07 July 2019

  • The highlight of the week was Sibuye, the female leopard, that killed a grey duiker on Grasscut road
Photo by Chade Gelderman

Monday, 01 July 2019 (26ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on Rhino Ring North
  • Nsele, the female leopard, walking along Star Chestnut Open
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, walking along EP Shirley’s cutline
  • drinking at One Eye Pan

Tuesday, 02 July 2019 (25ºC)

  • One buffalo bull drinking at Rhino Pan
  • One elephant bull feeding at Poachers Corner
  • Xinzele, the female leopard, resting on a termite mound on Star Chestnut Open
  • A breeding herd of about 25 elephants feeding on EP Open Area
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants walking along Big Dam Link South

Wednesday,03 July 2019 (26ºC)

  • Sibuye, the female leopard, killed a grey duiker on Grasscut road
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, walking along Wetpatch road
  • Xinzele, the female leopard, walking across Serengeti Crossing
  • One buffalo bull resting on Sawmill
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on Kudu Drift
Photo by Chade Gelderman

Thursday, 04 July 2019 (25ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, and her cub walking in the Manyeleti river close to Shirley’s Crossing
  • One lioness of the Nkuhuma pride resting at Magic Willy Open
  • A breeding herd of 40 elephants drinking at Serengeti Dam
  • Ngala Open
  • One lioness of the Nkuhuma pride crossing MMM North  

Friday, 05 July 2019 (24ºC)

  • Anderson, the male leopard, chased off a kill by ten hyenas
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, and her cub playing at PU Corner
  • Five members of the Nkuhuma lion pride walking along Boerbean Pan road
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard crossing Robson’s Boundary
  • Four buffalo bulls resting at Pungwe Pan
  • Xidulu, the female leopard, and her cub resting on One Eye Pan road
  • Another breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on Saseka road

Saturday, 06 July 2019 (27ºC)

  • Five members of the Nkuhuma lion pride walking along Big Dam Link South
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding at Londolozi Robson’s Corner
  • Four buffalo bulls resting at Pungwe Pan
  • Xidulu, the female leopard, and her cub on an impala kill on One Eye Pan road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, and her cub walking in the Manyeleti river towards Morningside
  • A pack of nine African wild dogs at 5-way junction
  • The young Mhangeni male lion walking along Serengeti Open
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on KBR
  • Two baby porcupines moving south from Zimba Bridge
Photo by Chade Gelderman

Sunday, 07 July 2019 (32ºC)

  • Xidulu, the female leopard, and her cub interacting with Hukumuri, the male leopard, on Rhulani
  • Four members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions chased an unknown male leopard up a tree on EP Parallel
  • One Avoca male lion resting at Chitwa Dam
  • Four buffalo bulls resting at Pungwe Pan
  • Five members of the Nkuhuma lion pride drinking water at Gabe’s watering hole
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, and her cub with a fresh impala kill at Ram Pan
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, resting on Mabuza road

Big 5 Sightings 24 to 30 June 2019

  • The highlight of the week was one lioness of the Nkuhuma pride with her two new cubs resting around their kudu kill on Safari Simbambili cutline
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Monday, 24 June 2019 (26ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, and her cub feeding on a fresh impala kill on Horseshoe West
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, mobile across Our Fathers Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding around Bushcamp Pan
  • Two Avoca male lions resting on Simbambili Firebreak after having a fight with the young Nkuhuma male lion 
  • One buffalo bull walking across MMM North
  • Xidulu, the female leopard, and her cub feeding on the remains of their duiker kill on Road 7

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 (26ºC)

  • feeding on their impala kill on Horseshoe West
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, resting on Xinzele road
  • One elephant bull feeding on MMM North
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, walking across Ntoma Crossing with Tiyani, the female leopard, and her cub
  • drinking at Big Dam
  • on Drongo North

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 (27ºC)

  • Xidulu, the female leopard, walking along Shiboma road
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on Kudu Drift
  • One elephant bull walking through Mfezi Open
  • Another breeding herd of about 10 elephants feeding at EP Manyeleti Crossing
  • Xidulu, the female leopard, and her cub resting at Horseshoe Open
  • Hosana, the male leopard, walking along Gowrie Main
  • One young unknown male leopard crossing Gowrie Main
  • Xinzele, the female leopard, feeding on a scrub hare on KBR 
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Thursday, 27 June 2019 (24ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, and her cub resting in the Manyeleti River on the fence line.
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants drinking at Simbambili Dam
  • One elephant bull feeding on Ekiso
  • Another breeding herd of about 25 elephants feeding on Helipad road
  • Another breeding herd of about 60 elephants feeding in PU
  • Four elephant bulls drinking at Simbambili Dam
  • Eight members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on MMM North

Friday, 28 June 2019 (27ºC)

  • One lioness of the Nkuhuma pride with her two cubs resting at their den site on Safari Simbambili cutline
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, walking along Rulani
  • Four elephant bulls feeding on Makhulu Open
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, sharing a fresh impala kill with Tiyani, the female leopard, and her cub on Pungwe Island
  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding on Bushcamp West
  • A clan of about 15 hyenas feeding on an impala kill on EP Open Area

Saturday, 29 June 2019 (30ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants drinking at Leeukuil
  • One lioness of the Nkuhuma pride feeding on her kudu kill on Safari Simbambili cutline
  • One buffalo bull drinking at Rhino Pan
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, and her cub resting on a deck at Simbambili Lodge
  • A pack of nine African wild dogs hunting on Serengeti Open
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Rhino Pan road
  • Another breeding herd of about 35 elephants feeding at Ntoma Crossing
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Sunday, 30 June 2019 (31ºC)

  • Moya, the female leopard, hunting at Landcruiser Crossing
  • One elephant bull walking along EP Driveway
  • One lioness of the Nkuhuma pride with her two cubs crossing MMM North
  • Eight members of the Nkuhuma lion pride finishing off the kudu kill on Safari Simbambili cutline
  • Two new hyena cubs at the den site
  • Talamba, the female leopard, feeding off the remains of a kill on Simbambili and Arathusa Cutline