Big 5 Sightings 04 to 10 April 2016

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see Shadow, the female leopard and her two cubs playing at the den. It is so wonderful two have these cubs playing close to the vehicle, they are so relaxed and mum too.

Shadow and her cubs - Dawie Jacobs

Shadow and her cubs – Dawie Jacobs

Monday, 4 April 2016
(34ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Zebra Drive
  • Five lionesses of the Nkuhuma lion pride, resting on Knobthorn open area
  • Salayexe, the female leopard and her cub resting on Shirley’s Crossing
  • Two elephant bulls feeding around Bushcamp Pan
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Mamba Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on Wetpatch Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on Parallel Road
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Airport Link Road

 

Tuesday, 5 April 2016
(32ºC)

  • Three lionesses of the Styx lion pride resting on Zebra Drive
  • Shadow, the female leopard and her two cubs playing at the den on MMM South
  • Two buffalo bulls moving north from Buff Pan
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Guarri Central
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on One Eye Pan Road
  • Three buffalo bulls resting at Rhino Pan Road
  • Two buffalo bulls resting at One Eye Pan
  • Salayexe, the female leopard’s cub, moving south from Shirley’s Crossing
  • One elephant bull feeding on Wetpatch Road
  • Two elephant bulls feeding on EP airstrip

 

Wednesday, 6 April 2016
(25ºC)

  • Three Birmingham male lions resting on White Cloth open area
  • Nsele, the female leopard, moving west from Ekiso road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Little Gowrie driveway
  • Six buffalo bulls resting on EP open area
  • A breeding herd of around 200 buffalos feeding on Madash road
  • One elephant bull feeding on EP open area
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Rhino Ring West
Elephants and buffalo at the water - Dawie Jacobs

Elephants and buffalo at the water – Dawie Jacobs

Thursday, 7 April 2016
(24ºC)

  • Three lionesses from the Styx lion pride, feeding on a kudu kill at Worsboom crossing
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on MMM South
  • One Elephant bull feeding on Shirley`s open area
  • Another breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding north of Worsboom crossing
  • Shadow, the female leopard, feeding on an impala kill on MMM South
  • Anderson, the male leopard mating with Moya, the female leopard on Rhino Pan road
  • One elephant bull feeding at Kraaines Pan
  • Four buffalo bulls, resting at Dead End crossing

 

Friday, 8 April 2016

(25ºC)

  • Three lionesses from the Styx lion pride, resting at Mhisi Mati
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding at Mhisi Mati
  • One young male lion from the Breakaway pride, resting on Rhino Ring South
  • A breeding herd of about 200 buffalo feeding at Seef`s Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Bushcamp Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Eastern Bank Manyeleti
  • Shadow the female leopard, resting on MMM South
  • Moya the female leopard, moving south from Land Cruiser crossing
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Serengeti open area
  • Another breeding herd of about 300 buffalo feeding on Seepline
  • Two elephant bulls swimming in Big Dam

 

Saturday, 9 April 2016

(25ºC)

  • Shadow the female leopard and her two cubs, resting at their den on MMM South
  • Salayexe the female leopard, moving north from Kraaines Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 25 elephants feeding at Bushcamp Pan
  • Five lionesses of the Nkuhuma pride resting at One Eye Pan
  • One buffalo bull resting at Leeukuil
  • One buffalo bull resting close to Xigodi Pan
  • Three buffalo bulls feeding close to Serengeti/Manyeleti Crossing
Moya the female leopard - Dawie Jacobs

Moya the female leopard – Dawie Jacobs

Sunday, 10 April 2016

(29ºC)

  • A pack of eleven wild dogs moving west from Rhino Ring South
  • Two elephant bulls feeding on Madash Road
  • One buffalo bull resting on Kudu Drift
  • A breeding herd of about 100 buffaloes feeding in A-main Road
  • One Birmingham male lion resting close to Chitwa Dam
  • Nsele, the female leopard and her two-year-old daughter with a duiker kill on EP Parallel Road
  • A breeding herd of about sixty elephants feeding on Safari airstrip
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Big 5 Sightings 28 March to 3 April 2016

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see two male cheetah’s hunting blue wildebeest on Kaalkol open area.

Male cheetah hunting wildebeest - Dawie Jacobs

Male cheetah hunting wildebeest – Dawie Jacobs

Monday, 28 March 2016
(37ºC)

  • Five Birmingham male lions resting at Treehouse Pan
  • One buffalo bull resting at EP/Manyeleti Crossing
  • Shadow, the female leopard, moving west from MMM South
  • One Buffalo bull resting on Gowrie Main

 

Tuesday, 29 March 2016
(35ºC)

  • Shadow, the female leopard, and her two cubs resting at the den on MMM South
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Ngala open area
  • One buffalo bull resting at Bushcamp Pan
  • Five Birmingham male lions resting at Ingwe Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Pungwe open area
  • A breeding herd of about 100 buffaloes feeding on Seef’s Pan Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 150 buffaloes resting on Seepline Road
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, and her cub feeding on an impala kill south of Leeukuil Pan

 

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

(33ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Madash Road
    One buffalo bull resting on EP open area
  • Tsakani, the female leopard, resting on Seepline Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Bushcamp East
  • Five lionesses of the Nkuhuma pride resting on Simbambili firebreak
  • One elephant bull feeding on Ngala open area
Birmingham male lions - Louis Liversage

Birmingham male lions – Louis Liversage

 

Thursday, 31 March 2016
(36ºC)

  • Shadow, the female leopard, and her two cubs resting at the den on MMM South
  • Two lionesses of the Styx pride resting at Ingwe Pan
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding at Bushcamp Pan
  • One buffalo bull resting in the water at Bushcamp Pan
  • One elephant bull feeding on EP airstrip
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding close to Tamboti Crossing open area
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Saseka Road
  • Five lionesses of the Nkuhuma pride hunting impala on Rampan open area

 

Friday, 1 April 2016

(35ºC)

  • Shadow, the female leopard, and het two cubs resting at their den on MMM South
  • One elephant bull feeding on Seepline Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on One Eye Pan Road
  • Five lionesses of the Nkuhuma pride stalking impala on One Eye Pan Road
  • Two male cheetahs stalking blue wildebeest on Nkorho open area
  • One elephant bull feeding on Nkorho open area
  • One buffalo bull resting at Bushcamp Pan
  • Two buffalo bulls resting at Baboon Pan
  • Two buffalo bulls resting at Rhino Pan
  • Another two buffalo bulls resting at Kraaines Pan

 

Saturday, 2 April 2016

(34ºC)

  • Nsele, the female leopard, moving west from Robson’s Boundary
  • One Birmingham male lion resting west of MMM North
  • Tsakani, the female leopard, resting in a tree with Salayexe, the female leopard, resting at the bottom of the tree on Mfesi open area
  • Five buffalo bulls resting at EP open area
  • 3 Leopards, Tingana, the male leopard, Thandi the female and Karula the female leopard all moving south from Little Gowrie driveway

 

Female buffalo - Louis Liversage

Female buffalo – Louis Liversage

Sunday, 3 April 2016

(27ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 150 buffalo’s feeding on Madash Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on EP airstrip
  • Five lionesses of the Nkuhuma pride resting at Pomies Pan
  • Three buffalo bulls resting on Jerry Drive Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Kudu Drift
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Big 5 Sightings 21 to 27 March 2016

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see two cheetah brothers moving through our traversing area the one morning.
Two cheetah brothers - Morné Fouché

Monday, 21 March 2016
(29ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard and her cub feeding on an impala kill on Francolin Road
  • Five Birmingham male lions feeding on a buffalo kill on Parallel Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on A-main
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding on Mamba Road

 

Tuesday, 22 March 2016
(24ºC)

  • Five Birmingham male lions still feeding on a buffalo kill on Parallel Road
  • Three lionesses from the Styx lion pride resting at Tamboti open area
  • One buffalo bull resting on Kudu Drift
  • Two buffalo bulls resting Our Southern Boundary
  • Four Birmingham male lions resting on Airport Link
  • One buffalo bull resting on Rhino Ring South

 

Wednesday, 23 March 2016
(26ºC)

  • Three Birmingham male lions resting at Baboon Pan
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Little Gowrie driveway
  • One buffalo bull feeding at EP/Manyeleti Crossing
  • Two male lions resting on the eastern side of Treehouse Pan
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, moving west on EP driveway
  • Tingana, the male leopard resting on Zebra drive
  • One buffalo bull resting at Bushcamp Pan
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Gowrie Main

 

Salayexe, the female leopard - Morné Fouché

Thursday, 24 March 2016
(30ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about a 100 buffaloes resting around Simbambili open area
  • Anderson, the male leopard, resting on a termite mount on Old Mhisi Kaya Road
  • Moya, the female leopard, with a grey duiker kill, north of our southern boundary
  • One buffalo bull resting on Saseka Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Marula Bult Central
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on A-main Road

 

Friday, 25 March 2016

(32ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Bushcamp East
  • Two male cheetahs resting on Kaalkol open area
  • Five buffalo bulls resting on Saseka Road
  • Tsakani, the female leopard, moving north from Seepline Road
  • Two buffalo bulls resting in the water at Serengeti Pan
  • One Birmingham male lion resting close to Mhisi Mati
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Dead End Crossing
  • One elephant bull feeding on Marula Bult South

 

Saturday, 26 March 2016

(34ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard’s cub resting in a tree on west of Eastern Bank Manyeleti
  • One buffalo bull resting on Bushcamp East
  • A breeding herd of about 100 buffaloes resting close to Simbambili Dam
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Madash Road
  • A pack of eleven wild dogs wild dogs resting in Picanini Utah Dam
  • A young female leopard, the daughter of Nsele resting on Guarri Central Road

 

Termites building after the rain - Morné Fouché

Sunday, 27 March 2016

(34ºC)

  • Six buffalo bulls resting at Knobthorn open area
  • A pack of eleven wild dogs moving west from Ingwe Pan
  • Salayexe, the female leopard’s cub resting on EP driveway
  • One buffalo bull resting west of EP/Manyeleti Crossing
  • Mvula, the male leopard, feeding on a porcupine kill south of Simbambili firebreak
  • A breeding herd of about 100 buffaloes feeding on Rhulani Road
  • Another breeding herd of about fifty buffaloes feeding on Horseshoe West
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Madash Road
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Big 5 Sightings 14 to 20 March 2016

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see a pack of wild dogs moving through the bush in search of prey.

African wild dog - Neil Coetzer

African wild dog – Neil Coetzer

Monday, 14 March 2016
(28ºC, 3mm)

  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Madash Road
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Knobthorn Pan
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen buffaloes feeding on MMM North
  • Two lionesses from the Styx lion pride resting south of Baboon Pan
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Rhino Ring West
  • One lioness of the Styx lion pride feeding on a young buffalo, west of Little Gowrie driveway
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Puff adder view point
  • A breeding herd of about a 100 buffaloes feeding around Rhino Pan Road

 

Tuesday, 15 March 2016
(29ºC)

  • Seven buffalo bulls feeding around Pump Track
  • Two elephant bulls feeding on Mabuza Road
  • One elephant bull feeding at Xigodi Pan
  • One elephant bull feeding on Wetpatch Road
  • One buffalo bull resting on Grasscut Road
  • Salayexe, the female leopard and her cub feeding on a duiker kill on Saseka Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Milkberry Road
  • Three lionesses of the Styx pride resting on Little Gowrie driveway
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Little Gowrie driveway

 

Wednesday, 16 March 2016
(32ºC)

  • Three lionesses from the Styx pride resting just south of Baboon Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 300 buffalo’s feeding on Our Western Boundary
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding on Rhulani Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 100 buffalo’s feeding at Simbambili Dam
  • One elephant bull feeding at Buff Scull Crossing
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, moving north from Seepline West

 

Birmingham male lion - Neil Coetzer

Birmingham male lion – Neil Coetzer

Thursday, 17 March 2016
(30ºC,10mm)

  • One Birmingham male lion and three lionesses from the Styx lion pride resting on One Eye Pan Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on MMM North
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Saffron Road
  • One elephant bull feeding at Serengeti Pan
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Saseka Road
  • One buffalo bull resting on Saseka Road
  • Seven buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Ring East
  • Salayexe, the female leopard and her cub resting on A-main

 

Friday, 18 March 2016

(28ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard and her cub moving south from EP airstrip
  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma lion pride feeding on a zebra kill east of Picanini Utah Camp
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding at Serengeti open area
  • A pack of about eleven wild dogs moving east on Simbambili firebreak
  • Three elephant bulls feeding at Simbambili Dam
  • Another breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding on Rhino Ring North
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Rhino Ring West
  • One elephant bull feeding on EP open area
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Simbambili firebreak

 

Saturday, 19 March 2016

(32ºC, 7mm)

  • Three Majingi male lions feeding on the remains of the Nkuhuma lion pride’s zebra kill at Picanini Utah driveway
  • Tingana, the male leopard, moving south from A-main
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Simbambili firebreak
  • Salayexe, the female leopard’s female cub moving west from Serengeti open area
  • Tsakani, the young female leopard with two genet kills on EP/Arathusa cutline
  • Three lionesses of the Nkuhuma lion pride resting on Tamboti Crossing
  • One lioness of the Nkuhuma lion pride moving east on Rhulani Road
Salayexe, the female leopard - Neil Coetzer

Salayexe, the female leopard – Neil Coetzer

Sunday, 20 March 2016

(30ºC)

  • Three Birmingham male lions resting south of Baboon Pan
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Gowrie Main
  • One buffalo bull resting on A-main
  • Tsakani, the female leopard, moving east from Rhino Ring East
  • Tingana, the male leopard, resting on Road 7
  • A breeding herd of about 400 buffaloes moving north on Madash Road
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Big 5 Sightings 07 to 13 March 2016

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see the Nkuhama lionesses feeding on two young buffalo kills on Xinzele Road

Nkuhuma lion pride - Louis Liversage

Nkuhuma lion pride – Louis Liversage

Monday, 7 March 2016
(40ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard and her cub resting at Gabby’s Pan
  • Three Birmingham male lions resting at Ingwe Pan
  • Shadow, the female leopard, resting at Knob Thorn Pan
  • Seven buffalo bulls resting at Red Dam
  • Seven buffalo bulls feeding around Treehouse Pan
  • Three lionesses from the Styx lion pride resting at Majingi open area

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

(38ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard and her cub moving west on Mabuza Road
  • Three lionesses from the Styx pride and one Birmingham male lion resting south of Treehouse Pan
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Pungwe Island

 

Wednesday, 9 March 2016
(25ºC, 65mm)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard and her cub feeding on an impala kill north of Rampan
  • Five lionesses from the Nkuhuma lion pride moving west from Mutzenzeleke Road
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding on MMM North
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding on Pan to Pan Road
Birmingham male lions - Louis Liversage

Birmingham male lions – Louis Liversage

Thursday, 10 March 2016
(25ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Guarri Central
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Bushcamp East
  • One elephant bull feeding on Madash Road
  • Salayexe, the female leopard and her cub feeding on an impala kill on Pungwe open area
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Rhino Pan Road
  • Five lionesses of the Nkuhuma lion pride feeding on a young buffalo kill on Xinzele Road
  • One buffalo bull resting at Kraaines
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding close to Rampan
  • One buffalo bull resting at Drongo South

 

Friday, 11 March 2016

(27ºC, 34mm)

  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Madash Road
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding on Sawmill Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Sixes Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Old Borehole Road
  • Salayexe, the female leopard and her cub feeding on the impala kill north of Rampan
  • Five lionesses of the Nkuhuma lion pride feeding on another young buffalo on Xinzele Road

 

Saturday, 12 March 2016

(28ºC, 7mm)

  • Three lionesses from the Styx pride resting on Safari Donga North
  • One buffalo bull resting on Safari Driveway
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on MMM North
  • Five lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride moving east from Southern Fork Road
Styx female lion - Louis Liversage

Styx female lion – Louis Liversage

Sunday, 13 March 2016

(34ºC)

  • One elephant bull feeding on EP/Shirley’s Cutline
  • One elephant bull feeding on Methlowani Road
  • Three buffalo bulls resting on Eastern Bank Manyeleti
  • Tsakani, the female leopard, resting on Rhino Ring South
  • A breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding around Picanini Utah Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Robson’s boundary
  • Another breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding close to Simbambili Dam
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Kudu Drift
  • Three lionesses of the Styx lion pride resting on Gowrie Main
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Big 5 Sightings 29 February to 6 March 2016

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see Nsele, the female leopard’s new cub on Rhino Pan Road.

Nsele with her new cub - Dawie Jacobs

Nsele with her new cub – Dawie Jacobs

Monday, 29 February 2016
(32ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Our Southern Boundary
  • Nsele, the female leopard, resting on Nyati Road
  • One Birmingham male lion resting on Chitwa Old driveway
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding at Serengeti/Manyeleti Crossing
  • One buffalo bull resting in the water at Rhino Pan

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

(37ºC)

  • Anderson, the male leopard, moving west from Francolin Road
  • Salayexe, the female leopard’s cub moving north from Serengeti Pan
  • Two buffalo bulls moving east from Rhino Pan
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking water at EP open area
  • Mvula, the male leopard, resting on Honey Badger Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Rhino Pan Road
  • One buffalo bull resting on Saseka Road

 

Wednesday, 2 March 2016
(34ºC)

  • Five lionesses from the Nkuhuma lion pride stalking a breeding herd of about 100 buffalo’s west of Simbambili Dam
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants moving west from Madash Road
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, moving west from A-main
  • Tingana, the male leopard, moving south on Madash Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Tsololo Road
A hippo grazing at night - Dawie Jacobs

A hippo grazing at night – Dawie Jacobs

Thursday, 3 March 2016
(36ºC)

  • Five lionesses from the Nkuhuma lion pride staking a breeding herd of about 100 buffalo’s east of Ngala open area
  • One elephant bull feeding on Horseshoe West
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Josie’s Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on EP open area

 

Friday, 4 March 2016

(37ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard and cub feeding on a grey duiker kill on Sixes Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on MMM North
  • Five lionesses from the Nkuhuma lion pride feeding on a Kudu kill on Parallel Road
  • One elephant bull feeding at Kimbians Crossing

 

Saturday, 5 March 2016

(36ºC)

  • One elephant bull feeding on Our Western Boundary
  • Salayexe, the female leopard her cub feeding on two grey duiker kills on Francolin Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants and four buffalo bulls drinking water at EP open area
  • Five lionesses from the Nkuhuma lion pride hunting a warthog on Parallel Road
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding at Manyeleti/ Serengeti Crossing
  • Nsele, the female leopard, moving east with one new cub on Rhino Pan Road
Buffalo bull lounging in the water - Dawie Jacobs

Buffalo bull lounging in the water – Dawie Jacobs

Sunday, 6 March 2016

(36ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 80 buffalo’s moving south from Knob Thorn Pan
  • Salayexe, the female leopard and cub still feeding on a grey duiker kill on Francolin Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Rhino Pan Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty-five elephants feeding on EP open area
  • Another breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding on Rhulani Road
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