Big 5 Sightings 26 December 2016 to 01 January 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see a pack of about eighteen wild dogs hunting impalas at Rampan open area

Wild dog pack – Morné Fouché

Monday, 26 December 2016
(25ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about eighty buffaloes feeding on Rocky Road
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, moving north on Drongo North
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, chasing the Ingrid Dam female leopard, up a tree on Shortcut to Wetpatch
  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride with six cubs feeding on a buffalo kill on Knobtorn open area
  • One elephant bull drinking water at Simbambili open area

 

Tuesday, 27 December 2016
(33ºC)

  • The Ingrid Dam female leopard, moving south from Star Chestnut Road
  • A breeding herd of about six elephants feeding on EP open area
  • One elephant bull feeding on Ekiso Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty buffaloes resting at Chestnut open area
  • Two elephant bulls feeding on EP airstrip
  • One elephant bull feeding on Sixes Road
  • Four buffalo bulls resting on Sixes Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Safari/Simbambili Cutline

 

Wednesday, 28 December 2016
(36ºC,48mm)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, resting on Shortcut to Wetpatch
  • Two elephant bulls feeding at Rhino Pan
  • A pack of three wild dogs resting at Tamboti open area
  • Five lions from the Tsalala pride resting on EP/Shirley’s Cutline
  • Twelve buffalo bulls resting on EP open area
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Rhino Ring North

    Giraffe on EP airstrip – Morné Fouché 

 

Thursday, 29 December 2016
(22ºC,12mm)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, resting in a tree on EP driveway
  • A pack of about 18 wild dogs hunting impalas on Rampan open area
  • The Ingrid Dam female leopard, was chased up a tree by ten hyenas after they stole her kill on EP airstrip
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking water at Serengeti Pan
  • Shadow, the female leopard, feeding on an impala kill on Southern Fork
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on A-main
  • Five lions from the Tsalala pride resting at Big Dam
  • Two elephant bulls drinking water at Big Dam

 

Friday, 30 December 2016

(24ºC, 7mm)

  • A breeding herd of about sixty buffaloes drinking water at Buff Pan
  • Two Majingi male lions feeding on a buffalo kill north of Serengeti Pan
  • A breeding herd of twenty elephants feeding on A-main
  • Another breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding on Impala Road
  • Nsele, the female leopard, feeding on her juvenile warthog kill on EP/Shirley Cutline
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, stealing Moya, the female leopard`s impala kill on Milkberry Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty buffaloes resting on Seepline Road

 

Saturday, 31 December 2016

(30ºC)

  • Two Majingi male lions still feeding on a buffalo kill north of Serengeti Pan
  • Salayexe the female leopard, resting on Koala Bear Road
  • A breeding herd of ten elephants feeding on A-main
  • Five lions of the Tsalala lion pride resting on Bushcamp West
  • Karula, the female leopard, resting at Jaggi Pan
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, hunting a monitor lizard at Leeukuil Pan

Bull frogs mating – Morné Fouché

 

Sunday, 1 January 2017

(33ºC)

  • Five lions of the Tsalala pride resting north of Seepline
  • One elephant bull feeding around the Rocks
  • A breeding herd of about fifty buffaloes feeding on Sawmill
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, resting on east of Madash Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Our Western Boundary

 

 

 

Big 5 Sightings 19 to 25 December 2016

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see four Breakaway female lions and twelve cubs feeding on a buffalo kill at Serengeti Pan

The Breakaway pride – Neil Coetzer

Monday, 19 December 2016
(34ºC)

  • Two young male lions from the Tsalala pride resting at Big Dam
  • Shadow, the female leopard, feeding on an impala kill on Simbambili Firebreak
  • A breeding herd of about fifty elephants feeding on A-main
  • Two elephant bulls feeding at Big Dam
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Kudu Drift
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Kraaines Pan
  • A breeding herd of about forty buffaloes resting at Kraaines Pan
  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with six cubs on Tsololo Road

 

Tuesday, 20 December 2016
(34ºC)

  • One Birmingham male lion resting north of Treehouse Pan
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, moving east from Leeukuil Pan
  • Three buffalo bulls drinking water at EP open area
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Rhino Ring East
  • Another breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding at Big Dam
  • One buffalo bull resting on Rhino Ring South
  • A breeding herd of about sixty buffaloes feeding on EP open area

 

Wednesday, 21 December 2016
(38ºC)

  • Nsele, the female leopard and her cub, resting on Rhino Pan Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten buffaloes resting at Rhino Pan
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Our Southern Boundary
  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with their six cubs on Parallel Road
  • A breeding herd of about thirty buffaloes feeding on Rhulani Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Tamboti Crossing

Tiyani, the female leopard – Neil Coetzer

 

Thursday, 22 December 2016
(40ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, moving south from Wetpatch Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on Serengeti open area
  • Sixteen lions from the Breakaway pride resting on A-main
  • Five lions from the Tsalala pride resting at Big Dam

 

Friday, 23 December 2016

(40ºC)

  • Four lionesses from the Breakaway pride with twelve cubs feeding on a buffalo kill at Serengeti Pan
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Serengeti open area
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, resting on EP Driveway
  • Two buffalo bulls resting at Kraaines Pan
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, feeding on a duiker kill on EP Driveway
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Konkoni Road
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on A-Main
  • Moya, the female leopard, resting on Our Southern Boundary

 

Saturday, 24 December 2016

(42ºC,15mm)

  • Three Majingi male lions feeding on two separate buffalo kills on Simbambili firebreak
  • A breeding herd of twenty buffaloes feeding on Pungwe Island
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on EP open area
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty buffaloes feeding on Simbambili firebreak

Lion cub from the Breakaway pride – Neil Coetzer

 

Sunday, 25 December 2016

(25ºC,12mm)

  • Two male cheetah moving south from Jackal Road
  • Karula, the female leopard and her two cubs, feeding on an impala kill just west of Little Gowrie Driveway
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Gowrie Main
  • Ingrid Dam female leopard, resting up in a tree on Wetpatch Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on Our Western Boundary
  • Five buffalo bulls resting on Our Southern Boundary
  • Three Majingi Male lions feeding on two buffalo kills on Simbambili Firebreak

 

 

 

 

 

Big 5 Sightings 12 to 18 December 2016

The highlight of the weekly sightings was to see two male hippos fighting at Big Dam.

Two male hippos fighting – Louis Liversage

Monday, 12 December 2016
(28ºC, 5mm rain)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, moving west from EP driveway
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Ikiso Road
  • Two buffalo bulls resting at Serengeti Pan
  • A breeding herd of about hundred buffaloes feeding on Rocky Road
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on A-main
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Central Road
  • Three lionesses from the Styx pride and their two cubs resting together with three Birmingham male lions on Wessels Old Driveway

 

Tuesday, 13 December 2016
(36ºC, 2mm rain)

  • Five lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride and their six cubs feeding on a buffalo kill on Horseshoe East
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, resting on EP airstrip
  • A breeding herd of about thirty buffaloes feeding on Rhulani Road
  • Tingana, the male leopard, mating with Kurula, the female leopard at Red Dam
  • A breeding herd of ten elephants feeding on Kudu Drift
  • Another breeding herd of about hundred buffaloes feeding on Sixes Road

 

Wednesday, 14 December 2016
(28ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, resting on Saseka Road
  • Five lionesses and six cubs of the Nkuhuma pride, drinking water at 2nd Windmill
  • A breeding herd of about hundred buffaloes resting at Serengeti Pan
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Guarri Central
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on EP open area
  • One elephant bull feeding on Kudu Drift
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking water at Leeukuil
  • Sixteen lions of the Breakaway pride resting on Robson’s boundary

 

Styx cubs – Louis Liversage

Thursday, 15 December 2016
(32ºC, 2mm rain)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, was chased up into a Jackelberry tree by four lions from the Tsalala pride at Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about hundred buffaloes resting on Seepline Road
  • Five lionesses of the Nkuhuma pride resting on Wetpatch Road
  • A breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding south of Kraaines
  • Another breeding herd of about forty buffaloes feeding on Central Road
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, resting on Konkoni Road
  • Another breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding on Rhino Pan

 

Friday, 16 December 2016

(31ºC, 4mm)

  • Five lions of the Tsalala pride, feeding on a buffalo kill on Safari/Shirley’s cutline
  • Five lionesses of the Nkuhuma pride feeding on a buffalo kill on Rhulani Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on EP driveway
  • Anderson, the male leopard, resting on The Rocks
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding on Kudu Drift

 

Saturday, 17 December 2016

(26ºC)

  • Four lions from the Tsalala pride resting at Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Rhino Ring West
  • Tingana, the male leopard, resting on Safari driveway
  • Five lionesses with six cubs from the Nkuhuma pride feeding on a buffalo kill on Mutsenzeleki Road
  • Another breeding herd of thirty elephants feeding on Kudu Drift

Salayexe, the female leopard – Louis Liversage

 

Sunday, 18 December 2016

(32ºC)

  • Five lionesses with six cubs from the Nkuhuma pride, feeding on another buffalo kill on Simbambili/Safari cutline
  • Shadow, the female leopard, resting on Simbambili firebreak
  • Kurula, the female leopard’s one cub resting east of Little Gowrie driveway
  • Three buffalo bulls resting at Tamboti Crossing
  • Four buffalo bulls resting on A-main
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Ximungwe Road
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Leadwood Road

 

 

 

Big 5 Sightings 05 to 11 December 2016

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see Karula, the female leopard’s male cub, resting at Baboon Pan

Karula`s young male cub – Dawie Jacobs

Monday, 5 December 2016
(30ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Impala Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Puff Adder Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten buffaloes feeding on Rhino Ring West
  • Five lions from the Nkuhuma pride resting with their six cubs on Simbambili Firebreak
  • Another breeding herd of about forty buffaloes feeding on EP/Shirley’s Cutline
  • Another breeding herd of about fifty buffaloes feeding on Our Western Boundary
  • Another breeding herd of about fifty elephants feeding on Rhino Midden Road

 

Tuesday, 6 December 2016
(30ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, feeding on an impala kill on Drongo South
  • Four buffalo bulls resting at Rhino Pan
  • Three buffalo bulls resting at Poachers Corner
  • One elephant bull feeding on Rhino Pan Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Rhino Pan

 

Wednesday, 7 December 2016
(35ºC)

  • Five lions from the Nkuhuma pride resting with their six cubs east of Boundary Pan
  • Three buffalo bulls resting on Sixes Road
  • Karula, the female leopard’s male cub, resting at Baboon Pan
  • Karula, the female leopard’s female cub, resting at Little Gowrie driveway
  • A breeding herd of about fifty buffalo feeding on EP driveway
  • Another breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding on EP open area

 

Woodlands kingfisher – Dawie Jacobs

Thursday, 8 December 2016
(37ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, moving west on Simbambili Firebreak
  • Five lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with their six cubs on Rhulani Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on EP/Shirley’s Cutline
  • A breeding herd of about hundred buffaloes feeding at Rhino Pan
  • A breeding herd of about fifty buffaloes feeding at Ntoma Crossing
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on EP airstrip
  • Tiyani, the female leopard hunting impala’s on Guarrie Central

 

Friday, 9 December 2016

(41ºC,6mm)

  • One elephant bull drinking water at Serengeti Pan
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, resting on A-main
  • Five lions from the Tsalala pride resting on EP/Shirley’s Cutline
  • A breeding herd of about fifty buffaloes feeding on Rhino Ring West
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Serengeti open area

 

Saturday, 10 December 2016

(32ºC)

  • Five lions from the Tsalala pride resting on Tamboti open area
  • Three buffalo bulls resting at EP/Manyeleti Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on A-main
  • Karula, the female leopard’s male cub resting on Hoffmans/Little Gowrie Cutline
  • Two buffalo bulls resting at Kraaines Pan

Nkuhuma lioness – Dawie Jacobs

 

Sunday, 11 December 2016

(27ºC,14mm)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, moving north from EP driveway
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Puff Adder Road
  • Four buffalo bulls resting at Zimba Bridge
  • Three lions from the Styx pride feeding on a buffalo kill with two cubs and one Birmingham male lion south of Treehouse Pan

Big 5 Sightings 28 November to 04 December 2016

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with their six cubs on Horseshoe East.

 

Nkuhuma pride with Neil in background-Dawie Jacobs

Nkuhuma pride with Neil in background-Dawie Jacobs

Monday, 28 November 2016

(36ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about ten buffaloes feeding on Rhino Ring South
  • Four lions from the Tsalala pride resting at Big Dam
  • Tingana, the male leopard, feeding on an impala kill on Marakeni Drive
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding on Mamba Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking water at Picanini Utah Pan

 

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

(36ºC)

  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride and six cubs feeding on a buffalo kill on Horseshoe East
  • Four lions from the Tsalala pride resting at Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about fifty buffaloes feeding on Madash Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty buffaloes feeding at Kraaines Pan

 

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

(38ºC, 14mm)

  • Shadow, the female leopard, resting on Knobthorn open area
  • One Birmingham male lion resting on Knobthorn open area
  • A breeding herd of about hundred buffaloes feeding at Rhino Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about ten buffaloes feeding on Pipeline Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, resting on Marula Bult South
  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with their six cubs on Madash Road

 

Tiyani,the female leopard-Neil Coetzer

Tiyani, the female leopard-Neil Coetzer

Thursday, 1 December 2016

(43ºC, 2mm)

  • Tingana, the male leopard, feeding on an impala kill on One Eye Pan Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on A-main
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding on Simbambili Firebreak
  • Anderson, the male leopard, moving south from Rhino Pan Road
  • Two buffalo bulls resting at Kraaines Pan

 

Friday, 2 December 2016

(27ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding at Grizzly Bear Crossing
  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with their six cubs on MMM North
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding on Puff Adder Road
  • Nsele, the female leopard and her cub feeding on an impala kill on Second Right Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Saseka Road
  • A breeding herd of about fifty buffaloes feeding on Nyati Road

 

Saturday, 3 December 2016

(35ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Rhino Ring East
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants drinking water at Big Dam
  • Four lions from the Tsalala pride resting on Our Southern Boundary
  • Four buffalo bulls resting on Our Southern Boundary
  • A breeding herd of about fifty buffaloes feeding on Drongo North
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty buffaloes feeding on Rhino Ring North

 

Nkuhuma pride-Neil Coetzer

Nkuhuma pride-Neil Coetzer

Sunday, 4 December 2016

(39ºC, 10mm)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, moving west from Shortcut to Wetpatch
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Our Southern Boundary
  • A breeding herd of about ten buffaloes feeding at Ntoma Crossing
  • Five lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with six cubs at Simbambili Dam

 

Big 5 Sightings 21 to 27 November 2016

The Big 5 highlight of the week was Tingana the male leopard drinking water at Red dam

Tingana, drinking water -  Dawie Jacobs

Tingana, drinking water – Dawie Jacobs

Monday, 21 November 2016
(36ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Rocky Road
  • Four members of the Tsalala lion pride resting on Tamboti open area
  • A breeding herd of about twenty buffaloes feeding on A-main
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on MMM South
  • Another breeding herd of about ten buffaloes feeding close to Rampan
  • Three wild dogs resting on A-main
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants drinking water at Rhino Pan

 

Tuesday, 22 November 2016
(37ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 100 buffaloes feeding on Madash Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Shirley’s Crossing Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty buffaloes moving south from EP driveway
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Eastern Bank Manyeleti Road
  • Four members of the Tsalala lion pride resting at Tamboti open area

 

Wednesday, 23 November 2016
(25ºC, 5mm rain)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, resting just north of Old Bushcamp
    A breeding herd of about twenty buffaloes feeding on EP driveway
  • One elephant bull feeding on Serengeti Pan
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding on Puff Adder Road

 

African Sunset - Dawie Jacobs

African Sunset – Dawie Jacobs

Thursday, 24 November 2016
(27ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding close to Shirley’s Crossing
  • Salayexe, the female leopard resting on EP airstrip
  • A breeding herd of about ten buffaloes feeding on Madash Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty buffaloes feeding on A-main Road
  • Young Ingrid Dam female leopard, stalking waterbuck on Kuala Bear Road

 

Friday 25 November 2016

(22ºC, 13mm rain)

  • Tingana, the male leopard moving west from Safari airstrip
  • Salayexe, the female leopard and her daughter Tiyani with a impala kill on Horseshoe East Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten buffaloes feeding on Saseka Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty buffaloes feeding on Madash Road
  • Tiyani the young female leopard moving west from guarri Central

 

Saturday, 26 November 2016

(22ºC)

  • Salayexe and Tiyani feeding on their impala kill on Horseshoe East
  • Tingana the male leopard, feeding on his impala kill on Marikeng Drive
  • A breeding herd about ten elephants feeding around Old Bushcamp
  • A breeding herd of about thirty buffalo feeding around Kimbeans crossing

 

Dung beetle navigating - Dawie Jacobs

Dung beetle navigating – Dawie Jacobs

Sunday, 27 November 2016

(30ºC)

  • Ten members of the Nkuhuma pride and one Birmingham male feeding on their buffalo kill east of Tshogoti Pan
  • One Nkuhuma female and one Birmingham male feeding on their buffalo carcass at Red dam
  • Tingana the male leopard drinking water at Red dam
  • Salayexe the female leopard resting on Milkberry road
  • A herd of around twenty buffalo feeding at Ngala open