Big 5 Sightings 07-13 October 2019

  • The highlight of the week was watching two cheetahs chase and catch a duiker along Jacobin Driveway
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Monday, 07 October 2019 (37ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub drinking at Leeukuil pan
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding along EP Shirley’s cutline
  • Another breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding along Gowrie Main road
  • Four members of the Torchwood lion pride resting on the Torchwood Boundary
  • Two Avoca male lions resting on Brown Ivory road
  • One elephant bull drinking at Treehouse pan
  • Makhomsava, the female leopard resting off of leopard drift
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on Shirley’s Open Area

Tuesday, 08 October 2019 (35ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 10 elephants feeding around Dead End Crossing
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding along KBR
  • Two cheetahs chased and caught a duiker along Jacobin Driveway
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on Shirley’s Open Area
  • Moya, the female leopard resting at Big Dam
  • The young Mhangeni male lion resting on Madash road
  • Another breeding herd of about 10 elephants feeding on EP Open Area

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 (35ºC)

  • Two Ximungwe female lionesses resting at Boundary Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding at EP Manyeleti Crossing
  • Another breeding herd of about 30 elephants drinking at EP Open pan
  • A breeding herd of 250 buffalo drinking water at Chitwa-Chitwa Dam
  • Moya, the female leopard with a steenbuck kill close to Big Dam
  • One adult hyena and 4 cubs resting at the hyena den on Old Mhisi Khaya road
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding along Kudu Drift
  • The young Mhangeni male lion resting along Seef’s Pan road
Photo by Darryn Gates

Thursday, 10 October 2019 (21ºC) (6.0 mm)

  • Eight buffalo bulls resting on Londoz Boundary
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding along Tsalala road
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard with a fresh warthog kill off of Jerry Drive
  • Xidulu, the female leopard caught an impala that was then stolen by several hyenas along Madash road
  • Another breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding at Serengeti Open Area
  • An African rock python crossing Kudu Drift

Friday, 11 October 2019 (21ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard feeding on his warthog kill off of Jerry Drive
  • One Nkuhuma lioness resting along Ngwena South road
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Rhino Ring West
  • Another breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding along A-main
  • Three adult hyenas and 9 cubs playing at the hyena den on Old Mhisi Khaya road
  • Two Avoca male lions resting at Red Dam
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding at Mehluane Open Area
  • Two adult hyenas and 6 cubs resting at the hyena den on Old Mhisi Khaya road

Saturday, 12 October 2019 (35ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard hunting in PU
  • Four buffalo bulls walking along Kudu Drift
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding in PU
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard feeding on his warthog kill off of Jerry Drive
  • One adult hyena and 7 cubs resting at the hyena den on Old Mhisi Khaya road
  • One elephant bull feeding at Leeukuil
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding on EP Open Area
  • Ten buffalo bulls feeding along Saseka road
Photo by Chade Gelderman

Sunday, 13 October 2019 (33ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub walking along Robeson’s Boundary
  • Moya, the female leopard hunting along Londoz Boundary
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding around Ram Pan
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard resting along A-main
  • Another breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding along Firebreak
  • One adult hyena and 8 cubs resting at the hyena den on Old Mhisi Khaya road

Big 5 Sightings 30 September – 06 October 2019

  • The highlight of the week was seeing Sibuye, the female leopard and her two tiny, new cubs suckling at the den site on MalaMala Boundary 
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Monday, 30 September 2019 (26ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard’s cub feeding on a duiker kill at Tamboti Crossing
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard resting on Ekiso road
  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding on Seepline
  • Mhisi Kaya Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub feeding on a duiker kill at Tamboti Crossing
  • Two elephant bulls feeding on EP Driveway
  • Two Avoca male lions, five females and 6 cubs of the Nkuhuma pride walking along Little Gowrie Driveway

Tuesday, 01 October 2019 (28ºC)

  • One lioness of the Nkuhuma pride resting north of Eagle Owl Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about 25 elephants feeding on Kudu Drift
  • Two elephant bulls feeding on Ximungwe road
  • Two adult hyena and 2 cubs at the den site on A-main
  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub feeding on a fresh impala kill on EP Driveway
  • Two Avoca male lions resting at Baboon Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants drinking at Ram Pan

Wednesday, 02 October 2019 (26ºC)

  • Two Avoca male lions resting off of Grass Cut road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub resting at their kill on EP Driveway
  • Two adult hyena and 6 cubs at the den site on A-main
  • Thandi, the female leopard resting in the Malawati Riverbed
  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub feeding on an impala kill on EP Driveway
  • Sibuye, the female leopard and her two tiny, new cubs suckling at the den site on MalaMala Boundary  
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants drinking at Leeukuil Dam
Photo by Wim van den Heever

Thursday, 03 October 2019 (30ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub feeding on an impala kill on EP Driveway
  • Xinzele, the young female leopard resting on a termite mound on Rhino Midden road
  • Moya, the female leopard resting off of Kudu Drift
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Rocky road
  • One elephant bull feeding on EP Delivery road
  • Two adult hyena and 3 cubs at the den site on A-main

Friday, 04 October 2019 (29ºC)

  • Nsele, the female leopard crossing over Robson’s Boundary
  • Xinzele, the young female leopard walking along Impala road
  • A pack of 8 African wild dogs and one pup mobile along Southern Frok
  • Xidulu, the female leopard walking along Shiboma road
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on EP Open
  • Another herd of about 15 elephants feeding on Bushcamp West
  • Tiyani, the female leopard’s cub feeding on a fresh impala kill on East Bank Manyeleti road

Saturday, 05 October 2019 (38ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub feeding on their impala kill on East Bank Manyeleti road
  • The young Mhangeni male lion finishing off an impala kill that the wild dogs had killed off of Chitwa-Chitwa Driveway
  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding on KBR
  • A heard of about 20 elephants swimming at Leeukuil
  • Another herd of about 20 elephants feeding around Ram Pan
  • Tiyani, the female leopard’s cub resting in a tree around Ram Pan
  • Tiyani, the female leopard drinking at Ram Pan
  • Two buffalo bulls resting along Saseka road

Sunday, 06 October 2019 (36ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Shirley’s Open Area
  • Another breeding herd of about 35 elephants feeding on Mfezi Open Area
  • Tiyani, the female leopard drinking at EP Open Area dam
  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding drinking at EP Open Area dam
  • Another herd of about 20 elephants feeding around Leeukuil
  • Two adult hyena and 6 cubs at the den site on Old Mhisi Kaya Road

Big 5 Sightings – 23-29 September 2019

  • The highlight of the week was Hukumuri, the male leopard mating with Moya, the female leopard at Broken Dam
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Monday, 23 September 2019 (21ºC)

  • Saseka, the female leopard resting in a tree north of Seef’s Pan
  • Xidulu, the female leopard feeding on an impala kill at Broken Dam’
  • One buffalo bull feeding along Mamba drive
  • Mhangeni male, the young Nkuhuma male and 3 female lionesses of the Nkuhuma pride finishing off the remains of a young buffalo at Chitwa-Chitwa Dam
  • Two adult hyena and six cubs resting at the den site off of A-main
  • Makhomsava, the female leopard hunting a duiker on Kudu Drift
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on EP Open Area
  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub resting on Rhino Ring West  

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 (23ºC)

  • Two Avoca male lions resting north of Treehouse Pan
  • Thandi, the female leopard on a duiker kill at Baboon Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants at Shirley’s Crossing
  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub on an impala kill off of Koala Bear Road
  • The young Mhangeni male, the young Nkuhuma male and 3 female lionesses resting oat A-Main Grasscut junction
  • Two honey badgers foraging on Horseshoe West

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 (25ºC)

  • Tingana, the male leopard stole Tiyani, the female leopards kill off of Koala Bear Road
  • A heard of about 20 elephants mobile along Serengeti Open Area
  • Hosana, the male leopard hunting nyala north of Our Fathers Crossing
  • Another breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding along Rhino Pan Road
  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding at EP Open Area
  • One adult hyena and 2 cubs resting at the den site off of A-main
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her cub with a duiker kill on the Firebreak road
Photo by guest Susanne Hintzen

Thursday, 26 September 2019 (23ºC)

  • Tingana, the male leopard resting in the Manyeleti riverbed south of Serengeti Dam
  • Makhomsava, the female leopard resting on a termite mound on Londoz Boundary
  • Two adult hyena and seven cubs resting at the den sire off of A-main
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her cub walking across Horseshoe Open Area
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard and Moya, the female leopard walking together north of A-main
  • One bull elephant feeding at EP Open Area

Friday, 27 September 2019 (27ºC)

  • The young Mhangeni male, the young Nkuhuma male and 1 female lioness of the Nkuhuma pride resting on Lucas Open
  • A breeding herd of about 35 elephants feeding on EP Open Area
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her cub walking along Safari Donga road
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Nyati road
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard mating with Moya, the female leopard at Broken Dam
  • A breeding herd if about 20 elephants feeding on EP Flood Plain

Saturday, 28 September 2019 (30ºC)

  • Twelve hyenas feeding on an impala kill at their den site on Old Mhisi Khaya road
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Chestnut Open Area
  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub feeding on a bushbuck kill ae EP Flood Plain
  • A small herd of 10 buffalo bulls drinking water at PU dam
  • A breeding herd of 20 elephants feeding on Bushcamp East
  • Another breeding herd of 30 elephants feeding at Shirley’s Crossing  
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Sunday, 29 September 2019 (34ºC)

  • The young Mhangeni male lion feeding on an impala ram kill surrounded by 14 hyenas on Seepline road
  • A breeding herd of 20 elephants feeding on Southern Fork
  • Another breeding herd of 12 elephants feeding on Ximugwe road
  • Tingana, the male leopard resting on Parallel road
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her cub resting on Marekene drive
  • Hosana, the male leopard drinking water at Rhino Pan
  • A herd of about 25 buffalo feeding on Seepline

Big 5 Sightings 16-22 September 2019

  • The highlight of the week was the Nkuhuma pride of lions with 6 cubs mobile east of Knobthorn Pan
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Monday, 16 September 2019 (25ºC)

  • Two Avoca male lions with seven lionesses of the Nkuhuma pride drinking water at Jacobin Pan
  • Sibuye, the female leopard having a stand off with Thandi, the female leopard in the Malawati riverbed
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Horseshoe East
  • One buffalo bull resting on Puff Adder road

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 (29ºC)

  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her cub feeding on an impala kill at Xigodi Pan
  • Moya, the female leopard resting on the Rocks
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Rhino Ring West
  • One adult hyena and three pups resting at the den site off A-Main
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding along Rocky road

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 (34ºC)

  • A breeding herd of 15 elephants feeding along Kudu Drift
  • Another herd of 25 elephants drinking at Ram Pan
  • Three adult hyena and two pups resting at the den site off A-Main
  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub feeding on a fresh duiker kill on the Island
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Thursday, 19 September 2019 (26ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub feeding on their duiker kill on the Island
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants drinking at Ram Pan
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions with 6 cubs mobile north towards Gowrie Main road
  • Hosana, the male leopard chased Xinzele, the female leopard up a tree on Londoz Boundary
  • Makhomsava, the female leopard resting on Londoz Boundary  
  • Another breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding around Bushcamp Pan

Friday, 20 September 2019 (29ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding in the Manyeleti river between EP Manyeleti crossing and Kimbian’s crossing
  • Another breeding herd of about 10 elephants feeding along Drongo North
  • Eight buffalo bulls drinking at Serengeti Pan
  • Moya, the female leopard mobile along Rhino Ring West
  • One adult hyena and two cubs resting at a new den site off old Mhisi Khaya road

Saturday, 21 September 2019 (32ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard mobile along Makhulu Open Area
  • Xidulu, the female leopard mobile east towards MMM North
  • A breeding herd of 25 elephants feeding along Seepline
  • Another breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding along Londoz Boundary
  • One buffalo bull drinking at Serengeti Pan
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Sunday, 22 September 2019 (32ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on EP Flood Plain
  • Moya, the female leopard resting on Mfezi Open
  • Another herd of about 30 elephants drinking at EP Open Pan
  • One adult hyena and three pups resting at the den site off A-Main
  • Two Ximungwe lionesses resting close to Simbambili Dam

Big 5 sightings 2 Sept – 8 Sept

Monday, 2nd September 2019 (29ºC)

  • Tiyani the female leopard’s cub resting in a tree infront of Ntoma lodge
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding along Saseka
  • Ten buffalo bulls feeding in PU
  • Tiyani the female leopard hunting around Elephant Plains lodge

Tuesday, 3rd September 2019 (29ºC)

  • Eight of the Nkuhuma lionesses resting on Southern Fork
  • Moya the female leopard resting south of Eagle Owl Crossing
  • Tiyani the female leopard hunting around Tamboti Crossing

Wednesday, 4th September 2019 (34ºC)

  • Shinzele the female leopard hunting around Nyati Road
  • Six members of the Styx pride drinking at Rhino Pan
  • Hyena den active with two adult females and two pups

Thursday, 5th September 2019 (28ºC)

  • Tiyani the female leopard and her cub, as well as Hukumuri the male leopard feeding on an impala off of Elephant Carcuss
  • One bull elephant feeding around Silvan Lodge
  • Hukumuri the male leopard resting off of Elephant Plains Old Entrance
  • Xidulu the female leopard scent marking along Shirleys Cutline
  • Moya the female leopard resting on a termite mound off of Nkonkoni Road

Friday, 6th September 2019 (20ºC)

  • Two of the Avoca males resting on Safari/Shirleys Cutline
  • Two members of the Nkuhuma pride resting off of Wet Patch Road
  • Shinzele the female leopard resting on Rhino Pan Road
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on Seepline Road

Saturday, 7th September 2019 (20ºC)

  •  Southern ground hornbill feeding om Guarri Central
  • Herd of about twenty elephants feeding along MMM South
  • Tiyani the female leopard and cub feeding on an impala off of Firefbreak East of Simbambili Driveway

Sunday, 8th September 2019 (22ºC)

  • Tiyani the female leopard and her cub still feeding off the same impala
  • Anderson the male leopard feeding on the remains of a kill he took from either the hyena clan or another leopard
  • Moya the female leopard and Hukumuri the male leopard on a warthog kill off of Second Windmill road

Big Five Sightings 26 August- 01 September 2019

  • The highlight of the week was Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub catching a scrub hare in front of the lodge in the Manyeleti riverbed.
Photo by Chade Gelderman

Monday, 2019 (30ºC)

  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her cub feeding on a steenbuck kill off One Eye Pan road
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on MMM North
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding on Kudu Drift
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her cub walking along Simbambili and Arathusa cutline.
  • Another breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding on Sawmill

Tuesday, 2019 (29ºC)

  • Hosana, the male leopard walking along Saseka road
  • Two Ximungwe female lionesses resting on Simbambili Firebreak road
  • Xidulu, the female leopard walking across MMM South
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking through the Bee-eater block

Wednesday, 2019 (25ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting on Eastern Bank Pungwe road
  • A herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Kudu Drift
  • Four buffalo bulls drinking water at Serengeti Dam
  • One Nkuhuma lioness and her two cubs resting north of Treehouse Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding at Broken Dam
  • Xidulu, the female leopard hunting impala along Wetpatch road
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding along Saseka road
Photo by Chade Gelderman

Thursday, 2019 (24ºC)

  • Two African wild dogs drinking water at Chitwa-Chitwa Dam
  • Sibuye, the female leopard resting in a tree with her duiker kill east of Misi Mati Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants drinking at Treehouse Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about 25 elephants feeding around Serengeti Open

Friday, 2019 (30ºC)

  • Xinzele, the female leopard resting on a termite mound along Rhino Pan road
  • Makhomsava, the female leopard resting in a tree at Serengeti Open
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants drinking water at Rampan
  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub catching a scrub hare in front of the lodge in the Manyeleti riverbed.
  • Four female lions and one young male of the Torchwood pride resting on Mabonzo shortcut
  • Eight buffalo bulls resting at Picanini Utah Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about 25 elephants feeding along A-main

Saturday, 2019 (28ºC)

  • Seven lionesses and two young males of the Nkuhuma pride resting east of Treehouse Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Little Gowrie Driveway
  • Hosana, the male leopard resting on a termite mound along Saseka
  • Another breeding herd of about 50 elephants feeding along MMM South
Photo by Chade Gelderman

Sunday, 2019 (25ºC)

  • The Nkuhuma pride consisting of four lioness, one Avoca male and two cubs feeding on a waterbuck kill East of Chitwa-Chitwa dam off of One Eye Pan road
  • Thandi, the female leopard on a duiker kill at Chitwa-Chitwa dam wall
  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub playing around Leeukuil
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard chased a young female leopard off of her duiker kill east of Mfezi Open