Big 5 Sightings 12 to 18 June 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see Nchila, the female leopard, resting up in a tree with Nsele, the female leopard, resting under the tree and Salayexe, the female leopard, resting close by on Sawmill Road

Nchila, after being chased up the tree – Dawie Jacobs

 

Monday, 12 June 2017
(28ºC)

  • Three lionesses from the Styx pride resting south of Treehouse Pan
  • Hosana, the male leopard, resting on Little Gowrie/Hoffmans Cutline
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Seepline Road

 

Tuesday, 13 June 2017
(31ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, moving south from EP/Safari Cutline
  • Two elephant bulls drinking water at Kraaines Pan
  • A pack of about twelve wild dogs moving south from Southern Fork Road

 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017
(29ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, hunting impalas on Konkoni Road
  • Shadow, the female leopard, feeding on an impala kill on Safari airstrip
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Rhino Ring East

Zebra at sunset – Dawie Jacobs

 

Thursday, 15 June 2017
(28ºC)

  • Shadow, the female leopard, resting east of Safari airstrip
  • Two lionesses from the Tsalala pride with their five cubs moving east from Shirley’s open area
  • One pangolin moving west from Tamboti Crossing

 

Friday, 16 June 2017

(25ºC)

  • Two lionesses from the Tsalala pride resting with their five cubs at Big Dam
  • Shadow, the female leopard, resting east of Safari airstrip
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on A-main
  • One pangolin moving north from Tamboti Crossing
  • Two lionesses from the Styx pride resting with their four cubs south of Ingwe Pan
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding on Little Gowrie driveway

 

Saturday, 17 June 2017

(30ºC)

  • Nchila, the female leopard, resting up in a tree with Salayexe, the female leopard and Nsele, the female leopard, resting close by on Sawmill Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants moving west from EP driveway
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Drongo North

Hyena investigating a pangolin – Dawie Jacobs

 

Sunday, 18 June 2017

(24ºC, 6mm)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on One Eye Pan
  • Two lionesses from the Styx pride resting with their four cubs south of Ingwe Pan

Big 5 Sightings 05 to 11 June 2017

The highlight of the week was to see a pangolin moving west from Ngala open area.

Pangolin – Neil Coetzer

Monday, 5 June 2017
(28ºC)

  • Five lions from the Nkuhuma pride resting with their six cubs and one Birmingham male lion on Simbambili/Safari cutline
  • One elephant bull drinking water at Rampan
  • One elephant bull drinking water at One Eye Pan
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Parallel Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty buffaloes feeding on Chitwa open area

 

Tuesday, 6 June 2017
(29ºC)

  • Three Birmingham male lions drinking water at Big Dam
  • Anderson, the male leopard, resting at Road 7
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Our Southern Boundary
  • One elephant bull drinking water at 2nd Windmill Pan
  • Two buffalo bulls resting at Red Dam

 

Wednesday, 7 June 2017
(28ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Madash Road
  • Five lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride with their six cubs moving north from Bushcamp Pan
  • One elephant bull drinking water at Rampan

Eye of the elephant – Neil Coetzer

 

Thursday, 8 June 2017
(29ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, feeding on an impala kill and Anderson, the male leopard steeling the kill at Tamboti Crossing
  • A pack of eleven wild dogs moving east from Tamboti Crossing
  • Two lionesses from the Tsalala pride with their five cubs drinking water at EP open area
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Bushcamp East

 

Friday, 9 June 2017

(24ºC)

  • Nchila, the female leopard, resting on Rhulani Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Eastern Bank Manyeleti
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Saseka Road
  • Anderson, the male leopard, resting at Pungwe Pan
  • One pangolin moving west from Ngala open area
  • Five lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride and their six cubs resting on Parallel Road

 

Saturday, 10 June 2017

(28ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants moving west from A-main
  • Two lionesses from the Tsalala pride and their five cubs resting at Big Dam
  • A pack of twelve wild dogs moving east from EP driveway
  • Styx lion pride feeding on their wildebeest kill on Safari Airstrip

Birmingham male lion on patrol – Neil Coetzer

 

Sunday, 11 June 2017

(29ºC)

  • A pack of twelve wild dogs hunting and killing a grey duiker on Leopard Drift
  • Xongile, the female leopard, resting on Hoffman’s/Little Gowrie cutline
  • Two lionesses from the Tsalala pride with their five cubs resting at Serengeti/Manyeleti Crossing

Big 5 Sightings 29 May to 04 June 2017

The highlight of the week was to see a pack of seven wild dogs having a standoff with two spotted hyenas at Pungwe open area.

Wild dogs and Hyenas – Louis Liversage

Monday, 29 May 2017
(23ºC)

  • One elephant bull feeding on Rhino Midden Road
  • Three lions from the Styx pride resting with six cubs south of Wessels old driveway
  • Thandi, the female leopard, feeding on an impala kill west of Chitwa airstrip

 

Tuesday, 30 May 2017
(26ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, resting north of EP driveway
  • A pack of 12 wild dogs resting at Picanini Utah Pan
  • Three lions from the Styx pride resting with their six cubs and one Birmingham male lion on Little Gowrie driveway
  • Thandi, the female leopard, still feeding on her impala kill west of Chitwa airstrip
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at One Eye Pan
  • One buffalo bull resting on Gowrie Main

 

Wednesday, 31 May 2017
(29ºC)

  • Two lions from the Styx pride resting with their six cubs and two Birmingham male lions north of Treehouse Pan
  • Anderson, the male leopard and Nchila, the female leopard, resting on Mabuza Road
  • A pack of 12 wild dogs having a standoff with two hyenas at Pungwe open area
  • One elephant bull feeding on Wetpatch Road

Birmingham male lion – Louis Liversage

 

Thursday, 1 June 2017
(29ºC)

  • Two elephants bulls feeding on EP/Shirley’s cutline
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking water at Serengeti Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking water at Serengeti Pan
  • One Pangolin resting on Pungwe open area
  • One lioness from the Nkuhuma pride and one Birmingham male lion moving south on MMM North

 

Friday, 2 June 2017

(29ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, feeding on an impala kill on EP driveway
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking water at Big Dam

 

Saturday, 3 June 2017

(29ºC)

  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride feeding on a warthog kill on Horseshoe East
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, still feeding on her impala kill on EP driveway
  • Nchila, the female leopard, resting at Gabby’s Crossing
  • Two lions from the Tsalala pride and their five cubs resting at Kimbians Crossing

Thandi, the female leopard – Louis Liversage

 

Sunday, 4 June 2017

(30ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, still feeding on her impala kill on EP driveway
  • Five lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting north of Road 7
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants moving south from Simbambili Dam
  • Another breeding herd of about five elephants feeding west of Red Dam

Big 5 Sightings 22 to 29 May 2017

The highlight of the week was to see a pack of 13 wild dogs playing all around Big Dam

African wild dog – Morné Fouché

 

Monday, 22 May 2017
(31ºC)

  • A pack of 13 wild dogs being chased by the Nkuhuma lion pride at Simbambili Dam
  • Two Birmingham male lions resting on Madash Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on Mfezi open area
  • A breeding herd of about thirty buffaloes feeding on Mamba Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Wetpatch Road

 

Tuesday, 23 May 2017
(31ºC)

  • A pack of 13 wild dogs resting at Big Dam
  • Moya, the female leopard, and her cub resting on Serengeti open area
  • The Ingrid’s Dam, young female leopard, moving west on A-main
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Seepline Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at 2nd Windmill Pan
  • Anderson, the male leopard, resting close to 2nd Windmill Pan
  • A breeding herd of about fifty buffaloes feeding on Rhino Midden Road
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, resting on Jerry Drive
  • The Nkuhuma lion pride resting on Horseshoe open area

 

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

(33ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Pommies Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on A-main
  • Two Birmingham male lions resting east of Mhisi Mati
  • One elephant bull feeding on Gowrie Main
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Grasscut Road

Male giraffe – Morné Fouché

 

Thursday, 25 May 2017
(30ºC)

  • One Birmingham male lion moving east on A-main
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on EP driveway
  • One Birmingham male lion and one lioness resting close to Treehouse Pan
  • Tingana, the male leopard, resting on Wessels Old Driveway
  • Thandi, the female leopard, resting on Road 47

 

Friday, 26 May 2017

(32ºC)

  • Ncila, the female leopard, stalking impalas close to Simbambili Dam
  • Tingana, the male leopard, resting on Maraken Drive
  • A pack of 13 wild dogs resting on Pump Track
  • Tsalala pride of lions resting north of Our Fathers Crossing
  • Six young buffalo bulls drinking water at Serengeti Pan

 

Saturday, 27 May 2017

(28ºC)

  • Nkuhuma pride of lions feeding on a buffalo kill on Simbambili firebreak
  • A breeding herd of about twenty buffaloes feeding close to Simbambili Dam
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding north of Rampan
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Our Western Boundary

Hyena clan of Elephant Plains – Morné Fouché

 

Sunday, 28 May 2017

(23ºC)

  • A pack of about 12 wild dogs chasing impalas on EP open area
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Madash Road
  • Nkuhuma lion pride resting on Southern Fork Road
  • One elephant bull drinking water on EP open area

Big 5 Sightings 15 to 21 May 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see the Nkuhuma lion pride hunting and killing a buffalo bull.

Nkuhuma pride stalking and killing a buffalo bull – Neil Coetzer

Monday, 15 May 2017
(30ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, hunting impala on Safari driveway
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Our Southern Boundary
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on EP open area

 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017
(28ºC)

  • Three Birmingham male lions resting on Rhulani Road
  • Three buffalo bulls resting at Tamboti Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about twenty-five elephants feeding at Rampan
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Seepline Road

 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

(29ºC)

  • Hosana, the young male leopard, with an impala kill in a tree close to Treehouse Pan
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Seepline
  • One Birmingham male lion resting on Chitwa airstrip
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Grasscut Road

African wild dog – Neil Coetzer

 

Thursday, 18 May 2017
(29ºC)

  • The Nkuhuma lion pride stalking and killing a buffalo bull at Pungwe Pan
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, resting at Ntoma Crossing
  • One elephant bull feeding on Eastern Bank Manyeleti
  • A breeding herd of twenty elephants feeding at Kimbians Crossing
  • Another breeding herd of ten elephants feeding on Pungwe Island
  • Hosana, the young male leopard, still on his impala kill close to Treehouse Pan

 

Friday, 19 May 2017

(30ºC)

  • One elephant bull feeding at EP/Manyeleti Crossing
  • The Nkuhuma lion pride still feeding on their buffalo kill at Pungwe Pan
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Ngala open area

 

Saturday, 20 May 2017

(30ºC)

  • A pack of three wild dogs resting on Safari Airstrip
  • Anderson, the male leopard, moving south from Seepline
  • Shadow, the female leopard, and her cub feeding on a duiker kill at Mafufunyane Pan
  • The Nkuhuma lion pride still feeding on their buffalo kill at Pungwe pan

Hosana, the male leopard – Neil Coetzer

 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

(30ºC)

  • A pack of thirteen wild dogs hunting impala on Konkoni Road
  • The Nkuhuma lion pride resting at Pungwe Pan
  • Shadow, the female leopard and her cub, still feeding on their duiker kill at Mafufunyane Pan
  • Nchila, the female leopard, resting on Simbambili firebreak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big 5 Sightings 01 – 07 May 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see three of the Birmingham male lions resting on White Cloth open area

Birmingham male

Monday, 1 May 2017
(26ºC, 5mm rain)

  • One elephant bull feeding on MMM North.
  • A Breeding herd of about forty elephants around Manyeleti crossing.
  • Ingrid dam, the young female leopard resting in a tree on Grasscut Road.
  • Two Birmingham male lions, five Nkhuhuma females and six cubs resting on Rhulani Road.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017
(25ºC, 1mm)

  • Breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding around Sawmill Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Jozie Road.
  • Breeding herd of about twenty elephants chasing the Nkuhuma pride of lions and two Birmingham males on
  • Simbambili firebreak.
  • Two Birmingham males along with the Nkuhuma pride resting along Simbambili firebreak.
  • Tiyani the leopard female drinking water at Big Dam.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017
(27ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on MMM North
  • Three buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Pan Road
  • One Styx pride lioness and her 4 cubs resting east of Ingwe Pan
  • One elephant bull feeding on Madash Road
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Milkberry Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Shomboma Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Pump Track

Elephant bull

Thursday, 4 May 2017
(31ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty buffaloes feeding on Shudulu Road.
  • One lioness from the Styx pride with four cubs resting east of Ingwe Pan.
  • Three Birmingham male lions resting on White Cloth open area.
  • Nsele, the female leopard and her cub resting on Rhino Pan Road.
  • One buffalo bull resting in the water at Rhino Pan.

Friday, 5 May 2017

(31ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on 1st Windmill
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Safari driveway
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Zebra Drive
  • Three buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Pan Road
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Pungwe Island
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting on A-Main
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Big Dam

Saturday, 6 May 2017

(31ºC)

  • Tree Birmingham males resting on MM Boundary east of White Cloth open area.
  • Two buffalo bulls resting west from Rhino Pan.
  • A breeding herd of about fifty buffaloes resting east of Rhino Pan.
  • One elephant bull feeding on Rhino Ring South.
  • Salayexe, the female leopard scent marking on Shortcut Wetpatch Road.
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Bushcamp East.

    Styx Cub

Sunday, 7 May 2017

(33ºC)

  • One lioness from the Styx pride and one Birmingham male lion resting at Treehouse Pan
  • One Birmingham male lion resting at Ingwe Pan
  • Ingrid Dam, the young female leopard resting on Grasscut Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Madash Road