Big 5 Sightings 11 to 17 January 2016

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see a pack of about fourteen wild dogs chasing Salayexe, the female leopard up a tree on EP driveway.

African wild dogs - Louis Liversage

African wild dogs – Louis Liversage

Monday, 11 January 2016
(30ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, feeding on an impala kill on Eastern Bank Manyeleti
  • A pack of about fourteen wild dogs chased Salayexe, the female leopard, up a tree on EP driveway
  • One elephant bull feeding at Our Father Crossing
  • Tingana, the male leopard, moving east on One Eye Pan Road
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Rhulani Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Simbambili Dam
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Safari driveway
  • Seven buffalo bulls resting at Little Gowrie driveway
  • Three buffalo bulls resting at Treehouse Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Baboon Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Rhino Pan Road

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

(33ºC)

  • Unknown female leopard, moving north from Saseka Road
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Tsololo Road
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding at Picanini Utah Pan
  • Ten buffalo bulls resting at Little Gowrie Pan
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Safari driveway
  • A pack of about fourteen wild dogs fighting over an impala kill with a clan of about nine hyenas

 

Wednesday, 13 January 2016
(38ºC)

  • Nsele, the female leopard, resting at Rhino Pan
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Our Southern Boundary
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding on MMM South
  • Ten buffalo bulls feeding at Little Gowrie Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on EP/Manyeleti Crossing
  • A pack of about fourteen wild dogs chasing a hyena on Safari Donga South
Kwatile, the female leopard - Louis Liversage

Kwatile, the female leopard – Louis Liversage

Thursday, 14 January 2016
(36ºC, 18mm)

  • A pack of about fourteen wild dogs resting on Grasscut Road
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Rhino Ring North
  • Two elephant bulls feeding on Madash Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Elephant Carcass
  • Another breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding on EP driveway
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding at Knobthorn Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding on Simbambili Firebreak
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on MMM South
  • Two elephant bulls feeding on EP Old driveway

 

Friday, 15 January 2016

(28ºC)

  • One lioness from the Breakaway pride resting on Seepline
  • Kwatile, the female leopard, moving north from Our Southern Boundary
  • A breeding herd of about 100 elephants feeding on Serengeti/Manyeleti Crossing
  • One elephant bull moving south on A-main
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Sixes Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Kudu Drift
  • One elephant bull feeding on Grasscut Road

 

Saturday, 16 January 2016

(25ºC)

  • Ten buffalo bulls feeding on MMM North
  • A breeding herd of about fifty elephants feeding on our southern boundary
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on MMM North
  • One elephant bull feeding on MMM North
  • Ximpalapala, the female leopard, resting on our southern boundary
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on EP open area
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Madash Road
Elephant bull - Louis Liversage

Elephant bull – Louis Liversage

Sunday, 17 January 2016

(28ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Mafufunyane Road
  • Another breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding on Methlowani open area
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on EP delivery Road
  • Six buffalo bulls feeding on Maraken Drive
  • Two elephant bulls feeding north of 2nd Windmill Pan
  • A pack of about fourteen wild dogs resting on Guarri Central Road
  • Salayexe, the female leopard’s cub, resting at Shirley’s Crossing
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Big 5 Sightings 04 to 10 January 2016

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see two male cheetah’s moving south from Kudu Corner

Two male cheetahs - Dawie Jacobs

Two male cheetahs – Dawie Jacobs

Monday, 4 January 2016
(35ºC)

  • Three Birmingham male lions resting on Little Gowrie driveway
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, resting on Kuala Bear Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Treehouse Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about fifty elephants feeding on EP driveway
  • Two male cheetahs moving south from Kudu Corner
  • Four buffalo bulls resting at Rhino Pan
  • A pack of about fourteen wild dogs resting north of Simbambili Lodge

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

(38ºC)

  • A pack of about fourteen wild dogs drinking water on Rhulani Road
  • Four buffalo bulls resting at Rhino Pan
  • Five buffalo bulls resting at Big Dam
  • Three buffalo bulls feeding on Simbambili Firebreak
  • Nsele, the female leopard, resting at Picanini Utah Pan
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants drinking water at Rampan
  • Nsele, the female leopards cub, resting north/west of Picanini Utah Pan

 

Wednesday, 6 January 2016
(38ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, moving north from Drongo North
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on MMM South
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Safari driveway
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Rampan
  • Another breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding at Big Dam
  • A pack of about fourteen wild dogs resting on First Windmill Road
Young hyena - Dawie Jacobs

Young hyena – Dawie Jacobs

Thursday, 7 January 2016
(40ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on A-main
  • A pack of about fourteen wild dogs resting on Seef’s Pan
  • Tingana, the male leopard, resting on Safari Drongo South
  • Five buffalo bull resting at Treehouse Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Treehouse Pan
  • Another breeding of about ten elephants feeding on Simbambili Firebreak

 

Friday, 8 January 2016

(28ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, on a grey duiker kill on Kuala Bear Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Puff Adder View Point
  • One large elephant bull feeding on Leopard Drift
  • Nsele, the female leopard, moving south from Rhino Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Saseka Road
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants drinking water at Big Dam
  • Three buffalo bulls resting at Rhino Pan
  • A pack of about fourteen wild dogs moving south from Grasscut Road

 

Saturday, 9 January 2016

(25ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on MMM South
  • Five buffalo bulls feeding on Little Gowrie/Hoffmans Cutline
  • Kwatile, the female leopard, moving south from Mhisi Mati
  • Salayexe, the female leopard and her cub, feeding on a grey duiker kill south of Rhino Pan
  • Three buffalo bulls resting at Rhino Pan
Salayexe and her cub - Dawie Jacobs

Salayexe and her cub – Dawie Jacobs

Sunday, 10 January 2016

(25ºC, 14mm)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard and her cub, moving east from Sixes Road
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding on Sixes Road
  • One buffalo bull feeding at Rhino Pan
  • One elephant bull drinking water at Big Dam
  • A pack of about fourteen wild dogs resting on Big Dam Link North
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Big 5 Sightings 28 December 2015 to 03 January 2016

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see a pack of about fifteen wild dogs drinking water at Simbambili Dam.

Jumping wild dog - Neil Coetzer

Jumping wild dog – Neil Coetzer

Monday, 28 December 2015
(33ºC)

  • Tsakani, the female leopard, moving south from A-main
  • Two Birmingham male lions resting at Ingwe Pan
  • A breeding herd of about fifty elephants feeding at Mhisi Mati
  • One elephant bull drinking water at Treehouse Pan
  • Three Birmingham male lions chasing a buffalo bull at Ingwe open area
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, resting at Sixes Road
  • Anderson, the male leopard, feeding on a duiker kill on Marula Bult South
  • Ten buffalo bulls resting at Threehouse Pan
  • One elephant bull drinking water at Treehouse Pan

 

Tuesday, 29 December 2015
(32ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, and Anderson, the male leopard, moving north from A-main
  • Five buffalo bulls resting at Kraaines Pan
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding on Puff Adder Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Kudu Drift
  • One elephant bull drinking water at Chitwa Dam
  • Three elephant bull feeding at Baboon Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 200 buffalo’s feeding on Gowrie Main

 

Wednesday, 30 December 2015
(32ºC)

  • Karula, the female leopard, feeding on an impala kill north of Treehouse Pan
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, and her cub feeding on an impala kill on Nyati Bamba Road
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen elephants drinking water at Treehouse Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Rhino Ring South
  • Three buffalo bulls resting at Puff Adder View Point
Elephant bull - Neil Coetzer

Elephant bull – Neil Coetzer

Thursday, 31 December 2015
(34ºC)

  • Karula, the female leopard, resting on Gowrie Main
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, resting on Rhino Ring West
  • Three buffalo bulls feeding at Puff Adder View Point
  • One Birmingham male lions moving west on A-main
  • One elephant bull feeding at Buff Pan
  • A pack of about fifteen wild dogs drinking water at Simbambili Dam

 

Friday, 1 January 2016
(35ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, and her cub resting at Nyala Crossing
  • One elephant bull moving east on Our Southern Boundary
  • One elephant bull feeding on Rocky Road
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on EP open area
  • Four buffalo bulls moving west from Rhino Pan

 

Saturday, 2 January 2016
(32ºC)

  • One Birmingham male lion resting at Delta South
  • Two Styx female lionesses resting on Little Gowrie driveway
  • Three buffalo bulls resting at Treehouse Pan
  • A pack of about fifteen wild dogs moving north from Gowrie Main
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, moving south from EP open area
  • Four buffalo bulls and one elephant bull drinking water at Treehouse Pan
Birmingham male lion drinking water - Neil Coetzer

Birmingham male lion drinking water – Neil Coetzer

Sunday, 3 January 2016
(35ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, and her cub feeding on an impala kill on Nayti Road
  • A pack of about fifteen wild dogs resting on Seef’s Pan Road
  • Four buffalo bulls resting at Rhino Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 100 buffalo’s feeding on Shirley’s open area
  • A breeding herd of about fifty elephants feeding on Lucas open area
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Big 5 Sightings 21 to 27 December 2015

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see a pangolin foraging for termites around one of the waterholes

A Pangolin foraging for termites - Dawie Jacobs

A Pangolin foraging for termites – Dawie Jacobs

Monday, 21 December 2015
(39ºC)

  • Two Birmingham male lions and one lioness of the Styx pride resting at Treehouse Pan
  • Tsakani, the female leopard, resting on A-main
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Little Gowrie driveway
  • One buffalo bull resting at Baboon Pan
  • Five buffalo bulls resting in the water at Big Dam
  • Three buffalo bulls resting in the water at Treehouse Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Gowrie Main

 

Tuesday, 22 December 2015
(33ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding on Magic Willy open area
  • Six buffalo bulls resting on Robson’s boundary
  • Ten buffalo bulls resting on our southern boundary
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, and her cub on an impala kill on Shirley’s Crossing Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 200 buffaloes drinking water at Big Dam
  • Three buffalo bulls resting at Rhino Pan

 

Wednesday, 23 December 2015
(32ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, and her cub with an impala kill on EP driveway
  • A pack of fourteen wild dogs with an impala kill on Ximungwe Road
  • Tingana, the male leopard, scent marking around 1st Windmill Road
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, and her cub still with the impala kill on EP flood plains
  • A pack of eleven wild dogs moving west from Safari Dam
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Wetpatch Road
  • Six buffalo bulls feeding on A-main
Birmingham male lion - Morné Fouché

Birmingham male lion – Morné Fouché

Thursday, 24 December 2015
(38ºC)

  • One Birmingham male lion and one lioness of the Nkuhuma pride resting on Road 47
  • One Birmingham male lion resting on Chitwa open area
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Chitwa open area
  • Six buffalo bulls resting at Kraaines Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on our southern boundary
  • One Birmingham male lion drinking water at Treehouse Pan
  • One elephant bull drinking water at Treehouse Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 200 buffaloes feeding on Simbambili firebreak
  • Another breeding herd of about 100 buffaloes resting at Picanini Utah Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Lucas open area

 

Friday, 25 December 2015
(32ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, and her cub moving north from Drongo South Road
  • Anderson, the male leopard, on an impala kill on Punwe Island
  • A pack of seventeen wild dogs being chased by ten adult hyenas on Rhino Pan Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Rocky Road
  • A breeding herd of about fifty buffaloes resting on Horseshoe open area
  • Another breeding herd of about 200 buffaloes feeding on Madash Road
  • Five members of the Tsalala pride of lions resting on A-main

 

Saturday, 26 December 2015
(29ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Kudu Drift
  • Five members of the Tsalala pride of lions having a standoff with ten hyenas after they stole a steenbok kill from Tsakani, the female leopard, who was stuck in the tree.
  • Four buffalo bulls resting on Rhino Pan Road
  • Nsele, the female leopard, drinking water at Rhino Pan
  • One pangolin foraging for termites at Rhino Pan
Wild dog - Morné Fouché

Wild dog – Morné Fouché

Sunday, 27 December 2015
(31ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, and her cub resting on Mabuza Road
  • Three buffalo bulls resting at Leeukuil Pan
  • A breeding herd of about ten buffaloes resting at Buff Pan
  • Five buffalo bulls resting at Rhino Pan
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Big 5 Sightings 14 to 20 December 2015

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see a pack of wild dogs playing with a few buffalo bulls by running around them and biting their heels.

African wild dogs harassing buffalo - Dawie Jacobs

African wild dogs harassing buffalo – Dawie Jacobs

Monday, 14 December 2015
(28ºC, 2mm rain)

  • A pack of twelve wild dogs feeding on an impala on Bushcamp East
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Sixes Road
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, and her cub moving north on Sixes Road
  • Three Birmingham male lions resting at Ingwe Pan
  • One elephant bull moving west from Seef’s Pan Road

 

Tuesday, 15 December 2015
(28ºC, 3mm rain)

  • Moya, the female leopard, hunting and killing a juvenile impala on our southern boundary
  • One elephant bull moving west from EP/Shirley’s cutline
  • Anderson, the male leopard, scent marking on Shirley/Safari cutline
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Kudu Drift
  • One Birmingham male lion and one Styx pride lioness mating on White Cloth open area
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Shortcut Wetpatch
  • Three buffalo bulls feeding on Little Gowrie driveway
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking water at Treehouse Pan
  • Five buffalo bulls resting at Simbambili Dam

 

Wednesday, 16 December 2015
(35ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, moving west on Simbambili firebreak
  • A pack of seventeen wild dogs resting on Marula Bult Central
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on EP open area
  • One buffalo bull resting in the water at Big Dam
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Kudu Drift
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Mabuza Road
Buffalo bull - Dawie Jacobs

Buffalo bull – Dawie Jacobs

Thursday, 17 December 2015
(34ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, and her cub playing on A-main Road
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding at Worsboom Crossing
  • One Birmingham male lion mating with one of the Styx pride lioness on Delta South
  • Three buffalo bulls feeding on Mamba Road
  • One elephant bull swimming in Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about 200 buffaloes resting on Safari open area

 

Friday, 18 December 2015

(37ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, moving south from Serengeti Pan
  • Ximpalapala, the female leopard, scent marking on Saseka Road
  • Anderson, the male leopard, moving south from Milkberry Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Shirley/Safari cutline
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Central Road
  • Two elephant bulls feeding on Kudu Drift
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, resting on A-main
  • Six buffalo bulls feeding on Rocky Road
  • Seven buffalo bulls resting on Puff adder Road
  • Three buffalo bulls resting on A-main
  • Four buffalo bulls resting around Buff pan

 

Saturday, 19 December 2015

(38ºC)

  • One elephant bull feeding on Kuala Bear Road
  • Anderson, the male leopard, moving south from Serengeti/Manyeleti Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Kudu Drift
  • A pack of seventeen wild dogs antagonizing seven buffalo bulls on Ingwe open area
  • A breeding herd of about 200 buffalos drinking water at Treehouse Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about fifty elephants feeding on Saseka Road
  • Salayexe, the female leopard’s cub resting on A-main
Salayexe`s young female cub - Dawie Jacobs

Salayexe`s young female cub – Dawie Jacobs

Sunday, 20 December 2015

(34ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, and her cub resting on A-main
  • One elephant bull feeding on A-main
  • A breeding herd of about 500 buffaloes drinking water at Picanini Utah Pan
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, resting in a tree on Kuala Bear Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 200 buffaloes feeding on Seepline Road
  • Tingana, the male leopard, resting at Chitwa Dam
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Little Gowrie driveway
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Big 5 Sightings 7 to 13 December 2015

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see one Birmingham male lion, mating with one Styx female lioness, at Ingwe Pan.

One Birmingham male lion mating with one Styx female lion - Louis Liversage

One Birmingham male lion mating with one Styx female lion – Louis Liversage

 

Monday, 7 December 2015
(34ºC, 20 mm)
One Birmingham male lion, mating with one Styx female lioness at Ingwe Pan

Salayexe, the female leopard and her cub resting up in a tree north of EP Lodge

A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Seef’s Pan Road

Two Birmingham male lions resting at Chitwa Dam

Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking water at Chitwa Dam

Twenty buffalo bulls resting at Big Dam

Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Nkombi Road

Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Saseka Road

 

Tuesday, 8 December 2015
(32ºC)
Salayexe, the female leopard and her cub feeding on two impala kills east of EP airstrip

Anderson, the male leopard hunting and killing a grey duiker on Our Southern Boundary with an unknown female leopard resting close by

One Birmingham male lion, mating with one Styx female lioness at Ingwe Pan

Two buffalo bulls resting at Baboon Pan

One elephant bull drinking water at Big Dam

Birmingham male lion - Louis Liversage

Birmingham male lion – Louis Liversage

 

Wednesday, 9 December 2015
(37ºC)
Salayexe, the female leopard, resting up in a tree with an impala kill east of EP airstrip

Two buffalo bulls resting on Rhulani Road

Two Birmingham male lions resting at Ingwe open area

Five buffalo bulls resting at Simbambili Dam

Shadow, the female leopard feeding on an impala kill on Safari airstrip

 

Thursday, 10 December 2015
(30ºC)

Salayexe, the female leopard and cub, moving north from A-main

One elephant bull moving west from Robson’s Boundary

A breeding herd of about four elephants feeding on EP/Shirley’s cutline

One Birmingham male lion and one Styx female lioness resting on Chitwa airstrip

Five buffalo bulls resting at Baboon Pan

Another breeding herd of about three elephants feeding on Wessels Old driveway

Shadow, the female leopard - Louis Liversage

Shadow, the female leopard – Louis Liversage

 

Friday, 11 December 2015

(40ºC)

Salayexe, the female leopard, moving west from Sixes Road

A breeding herd of about four elephants drinking water on Sixes Road

Another breeding herd of about four elephants drinking water at EP open area

 

Saturday, 12 December 2015

(40ºC)

Three buffalo bulls resting at Ingwe Pan

Two Birmingham male lions resting on Mala Mala Boundary

Kwatile, the female leopard, resting north of Ingwe Pan

A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Simbambili Dam

Five buffalo bulls drinking water at Simbambili Dam

Two buffalo bulls resting at Ingwe Pan

Elephant bull - Louis Liversage

Elephant bull – Louis Liversage

 

Sunday, 13 December 2015

(32ºC)

Three Birmingham male lions and one Styx female lion resting at Ingwe Pan

Three buffalo bulls resting at Gowrie Main

Salayexe, the female leopard’s cub resting on A-main

A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on One Eye Pan Road

Two buffalo bulls resting at Treehouse Pan

Three wild dogs moving east from Guarie Central

 

 

 

 

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