Big 5 Sightings 13-19 January 2020

  • The highlight of the week was seeing the male Cheetah drinking at Ngwe Pan
Photo by Darryn Gates

Monday, 13 January 2020 (28ºC)

  • Ndzutini, the female Leopard hunting bull frogs at Bushcamp Pan
  • Hukumuri, the male Leopard scent marking south of PU
  • A herd of about twenty-five Elephants feeding around Oom Cornie’s Corner
  • Shinzele, the female Leopard resting in a marula tree on the Londolozi Boundary
  • Xidulu, the female Leopard scent marking at Cutline/Konkoni Roads

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 (26ºC)

  • The Nkuhuma Pride of Lions including 7 females, 2 Avoca males and 8 cubs resting off of Treehouse East
  • Hukumuri, the male Leopard resting east of Safari Airstrip
  • The Hyena Den was active, with 4 adults and 11 pups
  • Nsele, the female Leopard hunting a baby Warthog on the southern side of the EP Airstrip
  • A herd of about twenty-five Elephants feeding around Lucas Open

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 (28ºC)

  • Ndzutini, the female Leopard hunting around Kraaines
  • The Nkuhuma Pride of Lions including 7 females, 2 Avoca males and 8 cubs resting east of Arathusa Airstrip, later moving to MMM South
  • A herd of about thirty Elephants feeding along Simba/Safari Cutline
  • A herd of about twenty-five Elephants feeding along Makhulu Open
  • 1 Buffalo Bull resting at Gabby’s Causeway
Photo by Morné Fouché

Thursday, 16 January 2020 (28ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male Leopard resting off of One Eye Pan Road
  • Xidulu, the female Leopard hunting around Shambaan Road
  • 1 Buffalo Bull resting in Gabby’s Causeway
  • 2 Avoca male Lions resting off of MMM South/ Arathusa Main
  • Tiyani, the female Leopard hunting around Nyati Road
  • 2 Ximungwe Lionesses resting east of Simba Dam

Friday, 17 January 2020 (30ºC)

  • The Hyena Den was active with 2 adults and 3 pups
  • 1 Avoca male Lion was drinking at Ngwe Pan
  • 1 Male Cheetah resting on Safari Airstrip
  • Sibuye, the female Leopard’s cubs resting in a tree at Wessel’s Tree House

Saturday, 18 January 2020 (28ºC)

  •  Heavy rain, no morning drive
  • 1 male Cheetah walking along Safari Driveway
  • 4 Hippos and 1 Crocodile in Big Dam
Photo by Morné Fouché

Sunday, 19 January 2020 (23ºC)

  • 1 male Cheetah chasing Impala on Safari Airstrip
  • The Hyena Den was active with 4 pups and 2 adults
  • 1 Crocodile and 1 Hippo in Big Dam
  • Hukumuri, the male Leopard walking into Arathusa Safari Lodge

Big 5 Sightings 06-12 January 2020

The highlight of the week was having over 122.5mm of rain in under 24 hours, resulting in rivers flowing and dams filling up throughout the Northern Sabi Sand Wildtuin

Photo by Jordan Delvecchio

Monday, 06 January 2020 (29ºC)
• A breeding herd of about twenty five Elephants feeding around Little Gowrie/Hoffman’s Cutline
• One Nkuhuma Lioness resting on Lucas Open
• Tiyani, the female Leopard and her cub, Ndzutini feeding on a Duiker kill off of KBR
• Hukumuri, the male Leopard drinking water outside Silvan Lodge
• The young Nkuhuma male Lion resting at Rhulani Open

Tuesday, 07 January 2020 (29ºC)
• 1 Bull Elephant at Bushcamp Pan
• The Nkuhuma Pride of Lions resting off of Grasscut
• Ndzutini, the female Leopard resting in a tree off of KBR
• Hukumuri, the male Leopard resting at Kraaines Pan
• A breeding herd of about thirty Elephants drinking at Big Dam

Wednesday, 08 January 2020 (29ºC)
• Hosana, the male Leopard mating with Wilderness, the female Leopard at Poacher’s Corner
• 1 Avoca male Lion resting on Grass Cut
• The Nkuhuma Pride of Lions and 1 Avoca male Lion resting on EP/Shirley’s Cutline
• Nsele, the female Leopard walking along Rhino Pan Road
• 2 Buffalo Bulls drinking at Rhino Pan
• 2 Avoca male Lions and 4 Nkuhuma Pride members crossing EP/Shirley’s Cutline onto Jerry Drive

Photo by Chade Gelderman

Thursday, 09 January 2020 (27ºC)
• Tiyani, the female Leopard walking across EP Airstrip
• Hosana, the male Leopard hunting a Warthog on Ellie Carcass
• The Hyena Den was active with 3 adults and 9 pups
• A breeding herd of about thirty Elephants drinking at Rampan
• Tiyani, the female Leopard hunting baby Egyptian Geese at Bush Camp Pan
• 1 Buffalo Bull resting at Gaby’s Causeway
• 3 Elephant Bulls drinking at Simbambili Dam

Friday, 10 January 2020 (24ºC)
• 122.5mm of Rain
• The Hyena Den was active with 2 adults and 6 pups

Saturday, 11 January 2020 (23ºC)
• Saseka, the female Leopard feeding on an Impala kill on One Eye Pan Road
• Cara, the female Leopard resting in a tree on Shirley’s/Safari Cutline
• A breeding herd of about thirty Elephants feeding along A-Main/Milkberry Junction

Photo by Darryn Gates

Sunday, 12 January 2020 (29ºC)
• Tiyani, the female Leopard killed a Grey Duiker on A-Main West of Leopard Drift
• A breeding herd of about three hundred Buffalo moving North from Londolozi Boundary
• Moya, the female Leopard feeding on her Impala kill on Big Dam Link South
• Tiyani, the female Leopard as well as the breeding herd of Buffalo moved to Boundary Pan

Weekly Sightings 30 December 2019- 05 January 2020

The sighting of the week was watching the pack of Wild Dogs swim in the mud wallows before going out on a hunt.

Photo by Chade Gelderman

Monday, 30th December 2019 (32ºC)
• The Hyena Den was active with 7 pups and 3 adults
• A herd of about fifteen Elephants feeding along Koala Bear Road
• The Styx Pride resting on Horseshoe West Road
• Xidulu, the female Leopard resting on a termite mound in Rhulani Open Area

Tuesday, 31st December 2019 (28ºC)
• The Hyena Den was active with 8 pups and 2 adults
• A herd of about twenty-five Elephants feeding around Saseka
• The Styx Pride of Lions were resting on Shinzele Road

Wednesday, 1st January 2019 (22ºC)
• Moya, the female Leopard resting off of Seepline West
• A breeding herd of about ten Elephants feeding at 15th Crossing
• The Hyena Den was active with 6 pups and 3 adults

Photo by Jordan Delvecchio

Thursday, 2nd January 2019 (24ºC)
• A breeding herd of about twenty Elephants mud bathing on Arathusa Main Driveway
• A herd of around one hundred Buffalo drinking at Serengeti Dam
• Saseka, the female Leopard resting off of Arathusa Safari Driveway
• A pack of twenty Wild Dogs hunting around Treehouse Pan
• The young Nkuhuma male Lion resting at Chitwa Dam
• Thandi, the female Leopard with a kill in the Mholawati River

Friday, 3rd January 2019 (29ºC)
• Hukumuri, the male Leopard scent marking around Leeukuil
• A herd of one hundred Buffalo feeding around Landcruiser Crossing
• A pack of twenty Wild Dogs hunting around Pump House Road
• The 2 Avoca male Lions drinking at Grasscut mud wallow

Saturday, 4th January 2019 (28ºC)
• The young Nkuhuma male Lion killing a Warthog on Madash Road
• A pack of twenty Wild Dogs drinking water at Rulani Pan
• Hukumuri, the male Leopard scent marking north of Buff Pan

Photo by Darryn Gates

Sunday, 5th January 2019 (32ºC)
• Hukumuri, the male Leopard hunting Impala on Makulu Open Area
• The young Nkuhuma male Lion feeding on his Warthog kill on Madash Road
• The 2 Avoca male Lions resting in the river bed at Ingwe Dam
• Tiyani, the female Leopard with a Duiker kill on Koala Bear Road

Weekly Sightings 23-29 December 2019

The highlight of the week was watching the pack of twenty wild dogs hunting around Simbambili open area.

Photo by Morne Fouche

Monday, 23 December 2019 (27ºC)
• Two Ximungwe female lionesses resting off of Mabuza road
• Hukumuri, the male leopard resting on a termite mound on Mfezi open
• Herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Londolozi boundry
• Tiyani, the female leopard walking towards old staff camp watering hole on Simbambili

Tuesday, 24 December 2019 (28ºC)
• Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub moving along Wetpatch drinks spot
• Four buffalo bulls feeding along Saseka
• A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on the northern side of Elephant Plains airstrip
• One Avoca male lion vocalizing at Mike’s Kitchen
• Sibuye, the female leopard’s cub resting up a tree on Wessels/Little Gowrie cutline

Wednesday, 25 December 2019 (27ºC)
• Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub moving south just east of Ngala open area
• Hyena den was active with seven pups and three adults
• Herd of about fifteen elephants feeding along Koala bear road

Photo by Chade Gelderman

Thursday,26 December 2019 (29ºC)
• Small herd of about five elephants drinking at the mud wallow on Ximungwe road
• Nkuhuma pride, consisting of seven females and one Avoca male, resting south of Buff pan
• Ximunwe female lioness drinking at Rulani pan
• Tiyani, the female leopard hunting around Serengeti open area

Friday, 27 December 2019 (27ºC)
• One buffalo bull resting at Boundary pan
• Pack of twenty wild dogs rest at Boerbean pan
• The Nkuhuma cubs resting at Mpisi Watering hole as well as the two Avoca males
• Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub feeding on a male impala kill west of Arathusa main road


Saturday, 28 December 2019 (29ºC)
• Pack of twenty wild dogs hunting around Elephant Plains driveway
• Herd of about 25 elephants feeding north of Arathusa main
• One young Nkuhuma female lioness resting at Big dam link south

Photo by Chade Gelderman

Sunday, 29 December 2019 (26ºC)
• Pack of twenty wild dogs hunting around Simbambili open area
• The Styx pride of lions, one young male and 6 females, resting in the Manyeleti river
• Tiyani, the female leopard hunting around Shirleys cutline

Weekly Sightings 16-22 December 2019

The highlight of the week was watching the Avoca Male Lion Chasing the young Nkuhuma Male away from the pride


Monday, 16 December 2019 (30ºC)

· Tiyani, the female leopard’s cub Resting on EP Driveway
· Tiyani, the female leopard on a baby Impala kill on Nyathi Bamba
· 3 Buffalo Bulls testing at Our Fathers Crossing
· The Nkuhuma Pride of Lions and cubs resting at One Eye Pan
· A breeding herd of about Twenty Elephants feeding along Bushcamp East

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 (34ºC)

· A breeding herd of about Thirty Elephants feeding and wallowing in the mud at Bushcamp Pan
· A breeding herd of about Two Hundred Buffalo Crossing into Simbambili from Djamal along the Firebreak
· Xidulu, the female Leopard walking through the Bee-eater Block


Wednesday, 18 December 2019 (34ºC)

· Xinzele, the female leopard chasing baby Impala near Star Chestnut
· The Nkuhuma Pride of Lions and 8 cubs crossing into Hoffman’s

Photo by Jordan Delvecchio

Thursday, 19 December 2019 (29ºC)

· The 2 Avoca Male Lions resting near One Eye Pan
· A breeding herd of about Twenty Elephants feeding along Serengeti
· Another breeding herd of about Thirty Elephants feeding along Kudu Drift
· 2 Buffalo Bulls feeding at Our Fathers Crossing
· A breeding herd of about Two Hundred Buffalo feeding near Simbambili Dam

Friday, 20 December 2019 (33ºC)

· 5 Buffalo Bulls resting in the mud at Our Fathers Crossing
· The Nkuhuma Pride of Lions and 8 cubs resting on Parallel
· The 2 Avoca Male Lions resting just south of the Nkuhuma Pride on Parallel
· A breeding herd of about Two Hundred Buffalo feeding along The Island

Saturday, 21 December 2019 (29ºC)

· The Nkuhuma Pride of Lions crossing MMM South into Hoffman’s
· A breeding herd of about Forty Buffalo feeding along Buff Skull South
· The Hyena den was Active with Eleven Cubs and 6 Adults
· 5 Buffalo Bulls resting at Our Fathers Crossing
· A herd of about Thirty Elephants feeding at Our Fathers Crossing
· A pack of 7 African Wild Dogs crossing into Annettes from Chitwa Chitwa Airstrip

Photo by Darryn Gates

Sunday, 22 December 2019 (37ºC)

· Hukumuri, the Male Leopard walking along Wet Patch
· Tiyani, the female Leopard joined up with Hukumuri, the male Leopard for a short while
· A herd of about Thirty Elephants feeding along East Bank Manyaleti
· Sibuyi, the female Leopard and her 2 cubs resting on Mala Mala boundary

Big 5 Sightings 09-15 December 2019

• The highlight of the week was watching Tiyani, the female Leopard killing a baby impala on Saseka

Photo by Darryn Gates

Monday, 09 December 2019 (18ºC)

• A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Serengeti Open Area
• A pack of 7 African Wild Dogs hunting on Marula Bult/ Shirley’s Cutline
• 4 Ground Hornbills on Serengeti Open Area
• A breeding herd of about 30 Elephants drinking at Big Dam
• Tiyani, the female Leopard and her cub drinking at Rampan

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 (17ºC)

• A pack of 7 African Wild Dogs feeding on an Impala at 2nd Windmill Pan
• 4 adult Hyenas trying to scavenge from the African Wild Dogs
• 1 Elephant Bull feeding along Rulani
• Moya, the female leopard feeding on her Impala kill on Grasscut
• 3 Buffalo Bulls feeding at Our Fathers Crossing

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 (19ºC)

• Moya, the female leopard feeding on her Impala kill on Grasscut
• Tiyani, the female Leopard and her cub crossing into Londolozi
• Tiyani, the female Leopard killing a baby Impala on Saseka

Photo by Dillon Nelson

Thursday, 12 December 2019 (21ºC)

• Moya, the female leopard feeding on her Impala kill on Grasscut
• A pack of 7 African Wild Dogs resting at 5 Way Junction
• 10 Buffalo Bulls feeding along grasscut

Friday, 13 December 2019 (24ºC)

• Moya, the female leopard feeding on her Impala kill on Grasscut
• A breeding herd of about 10 Elephants feeding at Poachers Corner
• Tiyani, the female Leopard hunting along EP Airstrip
• Hosana, the male Leopard crossed into Robsons at Impala Road
• Moya, the female Leopard walking along Tamboti Open Area
• Xidulu, the female Leopard hunting along Airport Link

Saturday, 14 December 2019 (24ºC)

• The Nkuhuma Pride of Lions resting at Londolozi Drift
• A pack of 7 African Wild Dogs crossed over MMM into Hoffmans
• A breeding herd of about Ten Elephants feeding at Gabby’s Causeway
• Tiyani, the female Leopard walking on Ngala Open

Photo by Chade Gelderman

Sunday, 15 December 2019 (33ºC)

• 3 Buffalo Bulls feeding along Simbambili Fire Break
• The Nkuhuma pride of Lions and 2 avoca Males drinking on Lowveld Link
• A breeding herd of about 30 Elephants feeding around Pungwe Pan
• Hukumuri, the male Leopard resting at Simbambili Dam