Big 5 Sightings 15 to 21 October

The highlight of the week was four adults and four young wild dogs playing on Safari air strip.

 

Photo by Gerhard v/d Westhuizen

 Monday, 15 October 2018 (36ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard feeding on an impala at Jozi Road
  • Xidulu, the female leopard walking along Pommies Pan Road
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard resting at One Eye Pan
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions, 2 sub adult males of the Talamati pride and 2 sub adult males of the Mhangeni pride feeding on their giraffe kill at Serengeti open area
  • A group of about fifteen buffalo bulls feeding along Rhulani Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at EP/Simbambili cutline
  • Another breeding herd of six elephants feeding around Shortcut Wetpatch Road

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 (30ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking along 2nd Right Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard walking in the Manyaleti river close to Kimbians Crossing
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions, 2 sub adult males of the Talamati pride and 2 sub adult males of the Mhangeni pride feeding on their giraffe kill at Serengeti open area
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on A-main
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Marula Bult Central
  • Six buffalo bulls resting at Rhino Pan

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 (24ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking south from Central Road
  • A breeding herd of about 12 elephants feeding at Kimbians Crossing
  • A herd of 15 buffalo bulls moving along Rhino Ring East
  • Another breeding herd of about 10 elephants feeding around Horseshoe West
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting in a tree with her impala kill on Kudu Drift Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 10 elephants feeding at Broken Dam
  • The three members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions, two sub adult males of the Mhangeni pride and two sub adult males of the Talamati pride resting on Serengeti open area

Photo by Gerrit Ackerman

Thursday, 18 October 2018 (24ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard feeding on her impala kill at Kudu Drift Road
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard losing his impala kill to the hyenas at The Rocks
  • Four adult wild dogs and their four youngsters’ wild dogs playing on the Safari air strip
  • Hukumuri hunting and killing a warthog close to Land Cruiser Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about 10 elephants drinking water at Serengeti Dam
  • Tiyani the female leopard walking along EP Deliver Road
  • Three of the Nkuhuma pride of lions, two sub adult males of the Talamati pride and two sub adult males of the Mhangeni pride resting on Guarri Central Road
  • Two wild dogs hunting impalas on Atathusa Grass Cut Road

Friday, 19 October 2018 (31ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard feeding on her impala kill on Kudu Drift Road
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions, two sub adult males of the Talamati pride and two sub adult males of the Mhangeni pride feeding on a buffalo kill south west of Tamboti Crossing
  • A bachelor group of about 20 buffalo bulls feeding around Rhino Pan Road
  • Two elephant bulls drinking water at Simbambili Pan
  • Tiyani, the female leopard still resting on Kudu Drift Road with her impala kill
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard resting at Landcruiser Crossing

Photo by Gerhard v/d Westhuizen

Saturday,20 October 2018 (22ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard scent marking close to Kimbians Crossing
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions, two sub adult males of the Talamati pride and two sub adult males of the Mhangeni pride still feeding on a buffalo kill at south west of Tamboti Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding around Marula Bult West Road
  • Xidulu, the female leopard resting at Pommies Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about 30 elephants walking along Buffalo Skull North

Sunday,21 October 2018 (24ºC)

  • Moya the female leopard eating on a Duiker kill at Londolozi Drift.
  • Xidulu the female leopard resting at Second Windmill.
  • One unknown male leopard resting at Star Chest-nut open with a bush buck kill.
  • A herd of about 20 buffalo bulls resting on Rocky road.
  • A breeding herd of about 10 buffalo’s resting at PU Mati.
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions, two sub adult males of the Talamati pride and two sub adult males of the Mhangeni pride resting at Ntoma Crossing.

 

Big 5 Sightings 08 to 14 October

The highlight of the week was four of the Nkuhuma pride of lions and two unknown male lions on a Giraffe kill

Lioness Elephant plains
– Gerhard van der Westhuizen

Monday, 08 October 2018
(29ºC)
  • One buffalo bull resting at Picinini Pan
  • About twelve buffalo bulls resting at Rhino Pan
  • Five members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Rhino Ring West
  • Hukumuri the male leopard walking along Sawmill
  • Four members of tehNkuhuma pride of lions resting at One Eye Pan
  • Four adults and four pups of the Manyaleti wild dog pack hunting around the Old Borehole
  • Six buffalo bulls walking along Puffadder Road
  • A breeding herd of about fifty elephants feeding around Boundary Pan
Tuesday, 09 October, 2018
(31ºC)
  • Five members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Simbambili Open
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants walking along Madash Road
  • Another breeding herd of about six elephants feeding around Shortcut to Wet Patch
  • Tiyani the female leopard caught a scrub hare at Bush camp Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about eight elephants feeding around Picinini Utah
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen buffalo feeding around Picinini Utah
  • One elephant bull feeding at Sawmill Road
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
(33ºC)
  • Four adults with four young African wild dogs running along Marakeni Drive
  • Seven members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions feeding on a impala at Simbambili Dam
  • About twelve buffalo bulls feeding along Puffadder Road
  • One elephants bull drinking water at Serengeti Pan
  • Xidulu the female leopard moving along Old Borehole Crossing

African Wilddog Elephant – Gerhard van der Westhuizen

Thursday, 11 October 2018
(36ºC)
  • Five members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting around Kraaines Pan
  • Hukumuri the male leopard walking to Kimbions Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at 16th Crossing
  • Hukuhmuri the male leopard walking along Marula Built Road
  • A breeding herd feeding at Mabuza Raod
  • The two shumungwe lionesses resting with one unknown male lion at Picinini Utah
Friday,12 October 2018
(36ºC)
  • A group of about 20 buffalos resting on Star Chestnut open
  • Hukumuri the male leopard resting on Pump track Road
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions walking along with one unknown male lion on Pump track Road
  • Hukumuri the male leopars resting on Magic willy Open
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Ntoma crossing
  • The two lionesses of the Ximungwe pride resting with one unknown male lion at PU corner
Saturday,13 October 2018
(28ºC)
  • A breeding herd of about 60 buffalos drinking water at Chitwa Dam
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions walking with one unknown male lion on Robsons Boundary

Leopard-Hukumuri-Elephant-plains
_ Gerhard van der Westhuizen

Sunday,14 October 2018
(26ºC)
  • Xidulu the female leopard feeding on a impala kill on Scops crossing
  • Four Nkuhuma pride of lions and two unknown male lions on a giraffe kill at Serengeti Dam
  • A herd of about 10 buffalo bulls feeding around Shirley’s Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding around A main Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 15 elephants walking along Rhino Ring North road

Big 5 Sightings 01 to 07 October

The highlight of the week was The Nkuhuma pride of lions stealing the nyala kill from Hukumuri the male leopard

Hukumuri at Makhulu open
– Dawie Lombard

Monday, 01 October 2018
(32ºC)
  • Xidulu the female leopard feeding on her impala kill on Shinzele Road
  • A breeding herd of elephants feeding on Xidulu Road
  • A breeding heard of about twenty buffalos feeding on Rhino Pan Road
  • Another breeding heard of about thirty elephants feeding on Rhino pan Road
Tuesday, 02 October 2018
(396ºC)
  • Hukumuri the male leopard walking on the Southern side of EP Airstrip
  • Xidulu the female leopard drinking water at Pommies Pan
  • Tiyani the female leopard resting at Punwe Pan
  • A breeding herd of about ten buffalo bulls resting at Serengeti Pan
  • A breeding heard of about twenty buffalos resting At Picinini Utha Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding on Kudu Drift Road
Wednesday, 03 October 2018
(27ºC)
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions resting with two of the Mangheni male coalition at Sherley’s Link Road
  • Hukumuri the male leopard resting on Rhino Ring West Road with his Nyala kill
  • Tiyani the female leopard stalking a scrub hare on Simbambili Open area
  • A breeding herd of about twelve elephants feeding at Serengeti Open Area
  • One elephant bull feeding at Serengeti Manyaleti Crossing

-Dawie Lombard

Thursday, 04 October 2018
(21ºC)
  • Tiyani the female leopard resting at Ntoma Crossing
  • Three of the Nkuhuma pride of lionesses resting with one of the Mangheni male lions at KBR Road
  • Hosanna the male leopard feeding on his impala kill with Xidulu the female leopard resting nearby at Little Gowrie Driveway
  • Two young male lions of the Mangheni coalition walking along A-Main Road
  • One unknown male leopard walking over Gowrie Main Road
  • Anderson the male leopard feeding on his Duiker kill on A-Main Road
Friday,05 October 2018
(25ºC)
  • Hosanna the male leopard still feeding on his impala kill at Little Gowrie Driveway Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on East Bank Manyaleti Road
  • Three lionesses of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting with two young male lions of the Mangheni coalition and another young unknown male lion at Rhino Midden Road
  • Three lionesses of the Nkuhuma pride of lions with two of the Mangheni and one unknown male lion resting at Rhino Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 20 buffalos feeding at PU
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Kudu Drift road
Saturday,06 October 2018
(31ºC)
  • Two Ximungwe lionesses resting with a Nyala kill at Gowri Gate
  • Hukumuri the male leopard and Tiyani the female leopard mating on Rhulani Road
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting west of Eagle Owl crossing
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding at Eagle owl crossing
  • One Avoca male lion resting on Track South road

Avoca male lion
– Dawie Lombard

Sunday,07 October 2018
(34ºC)
  • Two wild dogs resting at Big Dam
  • A pack of 4 wild dogs with 4 pups resting on Marikeni drive feeding on a grey duiker kill
  • Hukumuri the male leopard and Tiyani the female leopard mating at Simbambili dam and Xidulu the female leopard joining them
  • Six buffalo bull feeding on Mhisi Kaya Road
  • One elephant bull feeding at Red Dam

Big 5 Sightings 24 to 30 September

The Big 5 highlight of the week was the two lionesses of the Ximungwe pride stealing the impala kill from the wild dogs
 

Hukumuri resting at Red Dam – Dawie Lombard

Monday, 24 September 2018
(29ºC)
  • A breeding herd of about 10 elephants feeding on Simbambili Dam Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on EP open area
  • The 2 Ximungwe lionesses resting at Simbambili Dam
  • Tiyani,the female leopard scent marking on EP/Simbambili cutline
  • A breeding herd of about twenty buffaloes resting on Robsons boundary
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on MMM South
Tuesday, 25 September 2018
(36ºC)
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on Arathusa/Shirley’s cutline
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on 15th Crossing Road
  • A breeding herd of about 20 buffaloes feeding on Parallel Road
Wednesday, 26 September 2018
(39ºC)
  • Five African wild dogs hunting impalas close to Picanini Utah Pan
  • The 2 Ximungwe pride lionesses stole the impala kill from the African wild dogs close to Picanini Utah Pan
  • Nsele, the female leopard drinking water at Rhino Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants drinking water at EP open area
  • Another breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding close to Leeukuil Pan
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard drinking water at Red Dam
  • Two buffalo bulls resting in the water at EP open area

Hyena
– Dawie Lombard

Thursday, 27 September 2018
(36ºC)
  • A pack of 8 African wild dogs and their pups running west on EP/Shirley’s cutline
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Rhulani Pan
  • Two Ximungwe pride lionesses moving east from Simbambili Dam
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding around EP/Manyeleti Crossing
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard caught a scrub hare on Track South of Safari
  • Tiyani, the female leopard hunting and catching a scrub hare at Land Cruiser Crossing
  • Another breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding close to Tamboti Crossing
  • One elephant bull drinking water at Simbambili Pan
Friday, 28 September 2018
(30ºC)
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting north of A-main Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard is moving north on Marula Bult North
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on A-main
  • One elephant bull feeding on Wetpatch Road
  • Moya, the female leopard feeding on an impala kill close to Grasscut Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on Simbambili firebreak
Saturday, 29 September 2018
(25ºC)
  • Tiyani, the female leopard feeding on a juvenile grey duiker on EP/Shirley’s cutline
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Seepline Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on Eastern Bank Manyeleti
  • Another elephant bull feeding close to Our Father’s Crossing
  • Moya, the female leopard resting on a termite mound on our southern boundary
  • Xidulu, the female leopard scent marking on Marula Bult
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding at 15th Crossing Road
  • One buffalo bull resting on Sixes Road

Hyena with a wild dog kill
– Dawie Lombard

Sunday, 30 September 2018
(26ºC)
  • One lioness of the Nkuhuma pride of lions and 2 young males from the Mhangene pride resting on Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Guarri Central
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting on EP Grasscut
  • Xidulu, the female leopard with an impala kill on Xinzele Road
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard scent marking on Elephant Carcass Road
  • One buffalo bull resting on EP Grasscut Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding close to Leeukuil
  • A breeding herd of about 20 buffaloes feeding on Rhino Pan Road

 

Big 5 Sightings 17 to 21 September

The highlight of the week was the wild dogs running with eight young pups close to the hyena den.
 
Monday,17 September 2018
(39ºC)
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, drinking water at Big Dam.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Pump Track Road with unknown young male lion.
  • One elephant bull feeding on Milkberry Road.
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on Bushcamp East Road.
  • Four adult wild dogs with 6 pups resting at Methluani open area.
  • One elephant bull feeding at Simbambili Dam.
  • Eleven buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Ring Road.
  • Xidulu the female leopard resting on One Eyed Pan open area.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions stalking impalas at 1st Windmill Road.

Lion
– Gerhard van der Westhuizen

Tuesday, 18 September 2018
(43ºC)
  • A pack of 8 wild dogs and their 9 pups resting close to Our Fathers Crossing.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions stalking a group of zebras on Simbambili firebreak.
  • Six buffalo bulls resting on Robsons boundary.
  • Xidulu the female leopard mating with Hukumuri the male leopard on Safari open area.
  • A breeding herd of elephants feeding on Simbambili Firebreak.
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
(42ºC)
  • Nsele the female leopard resting at Rhino Pan.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions drinking water at Rhino pan.
  • One elephant bull on Sixes Road.
  • Another elephant bull pushing trees over on Parallel Road.
  • Tiyani, the female leopard mating with Hukumuri, the male leopard on Zebra Drive
  • Xidulu, the female leopard feeding on a Steenbok kill on Mafufunyane Road
  • Anderson, the male leopard hunting and killing a impala on Puff adder Road
  • Six buffalo bulls feeding on Tjololo Road
Thursday, 20 September 2018
(23ºC)
  • Anderson, the male leopard still feeding on his impala kill on Puff adder Road
  • A pack of 8 wild dogs and their 9 pups playing on our southern boundary
  • An unknown young male lion and a young lioness of the Nkuhuma pride having a stand off with six hyenas at the hyena den
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Leopard Drift
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Kudu Drift
  • Another breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding around Serengeti Dam

African-Wild-dog
-Gerhard van der Westhuizen

Friday, 21 September 2018
(32ºC)
  • Ten buffalo bulls feeding on our southern boundary
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding close to Rocky Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard feeding on two bushbuck kills on Simbambili open area
  • The young Nkuhuma lioness and the unknown young male lion trying to steel the kill of Tiyani, the female leopard on Simbambili open area
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Big Dam
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on A-main Road
  • Six buffalo bulls feeding close to Our Fathers Crossing
 
Saturday, 22 September 2018
(28ºC)
  • All eleven members of the Nkuhuma pride as well as the unknown young male lion are back together and resting on MMM North
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on MMM North
  • Tiyani, the female leopard still feasting on her bushbuck kill on Simbambili open area
  • A herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Seefs Pan Road
  • The Styx pride of lions resting on Leopard Drift Road
  • Makhomsava, the female leopard with a scrub hare kill on Saseka Road
Sunday, 23 September 2018
(27ºC)
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard resting on EP/Shirley’s cutline
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Eastern Bank Manyeleti
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on A-main
  • Tiyani, the female leopard scent marking around Serengeti Dam
  • A bachelor group of 12 buffalo bulls feeding on EP/Shirley’s cutline
 

Big 5 Sightings 10 to 16 September

The highlight of the week was to see the wild dog pups of the Investec pack, for the first time.

– Gert Smit

Monday, 10 September 2018 (30ºC)
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, resting on Konkoni Road.
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on EP open area.
  • A breeding herd of about 20 buffalo’s feeding on Picanini Utah open.
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Ntoma Crossing.
  • Three buffalos feeding on Rulani Road.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions hunting and killing an impala on Kimbians Road.
  • Two young Mhangeni males, joining the Nkuhuma pride with the impala kill.
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 (35ºC)
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions killing a hyena on Island Crossing.
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding on Chestnut Open.
  • Another breeding herd of 30 elephants feeding on PU driveway.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions still resting Island Loop Road.
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 (37ºC)
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on EP open area.
  • Another breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on Nyati Bamba Road.
  • Ten buffalo bulls resting at Serengeti Dam.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions stalking a waterbuck at Second Windmill Road.
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, drinking water at EP open area.

– Gert Smit

Thursday, 13 September 2018 (35ºC)
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding at EP open area.
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on EP Delivery Road.
  • Xidulu, the female leopard, walking along Shomboma Road.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Tjololo Road.
  •  Another breeding herd of elephants feeding at Picanini Utah Pan.
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, stalking an impala on Milkberry Road.
  • An unknown male leopard, feeding on a nyala kill at Shirley’s Crossing.

Friday, 14 September 2018 (36ºC)

  • Ten buffalo bulls resting on Milkberry Road.
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Rhino Ring West.
  • Another breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on Eastern Bank Manyaleti.
  • Hukumuri the male leopard stole the nyala kill at Shirley’s Crossing.
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Ximungwe Road.
Saturday, 15 September 2018 (37ºC)
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, vocalizing around EP open area.
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, scent marking on Sawmill Road.
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on A-main Road.
  • Sebuye, the female leopard, and one cub feeding on an impala kill at Wors Crossing.
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on EP driveway.

– Gert Smit

Sunday, 16 September 2018 (38ºC)
  • Eight wild dogs with there pups resting on our southern boundary.
  • Thamba, the male leopard was chased up into a marula tree by the wild dogs.
  • Two lionesses of the Ximungwe prid was resting at Simbambili Firebreak Road.
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding at EP open area.
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, resting at Big Dam.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions and 1 unknown male lion resting on Chitwa driveway.