Big 5 Sightings 12 to 18 November

The highlight of the week was to see Young Ingrid Dam female leopard

Monday,12 November 2018

(34ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding at Five Way Junction
  • Tiyani the female leopard resting in a tree at Simbambili Firebreak
  • Two Ximungwe lionesses and one young Talamati male lion resting on Simbambili Firebreak
  • One buffalo bull feeding at Poachers Corner
  • The Ingrid’s Dam female leopard’s cub stalking a nyala at Our Fathers Crossing
  • One Talamati male lion resting with four members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions at 47 Open

 

Tuesday,13 November 2018

(33ºC)

  • Tiyani the female leopard walking along Kudu Drift road
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding on Mamba Road
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants drinking water at Serengeti Pan
  • One buffalo bull feeding close to Serengeti pan
  • Two Nkuhuma pride lionesses resting on 2nd Windmill road

 

Wednesday,14 November 2018

(35ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding around Ntoma crossing
  • Four wild dogs drinking water at Picannini Utah Dam
  • Nine buffalo bulls drinking water at Rhulani Pan
  • Xidulu the female leopard resting on Marekene Drive
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride feeding on a impala kill at Tamboti crossing
  • Another breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on Simbambili fire break

 

Thursday,15 November 2018

(35ºC)

  • five members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Safari airstrip
  • Young Ingrid Dam female leopard walking south from Serengeti Dam
  • Moya the female leopard resting at Big Dam
  • Tiyani the female leopard resting at Pungwe Pan
  • One buffalo bull resting on Sixes road
  • Hukumuri the male leopard drinking water at Big Dam

 

Friday,16 November 2018

(37ºC)

  • Xidulu the female leopard resting at Broken Dam
  • A pack of four wild dogs resting on One Eye Pan road
  • A pack of four wild dogs and four pups resting at Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding close to EP open area
  • Five members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting in front of Paul’s camp

 

Saturday,17 November 2018

(40ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding at Boundary Pan
  • Tiyani the female leopard with a bushbuck kill in front of EP Camp
  • Xidulu the female leopard resting at Broken Dam
  • Four Nkuhuma lionesses resting on Metlowani Open Area
  • Three buffalo bulls walking on Puff adder Road
  • Four wild dogs with four pups resting on EP Open Area

 

Sunday,18 November 2018

(34ºC)

  • One Manghene male lion resting on Zebra Drive
  • Xidulu the female leopard resting on Magic Willy Road
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on EP/Shirley’s cutline Road
  • Young Ingrid Dam female leopard moving along Puff Adder Road

 

Big 5 sightings 05 to 11 November

The highlight of the week, was to see a young pangolin foraging for ants just before sunset

 

Monday, 05 November 2018

(36ºC)

  • Xidulu, the female leopard, resting on Xihumbane Road.
  • Two elephant bulls feeding on Simbambili Fire break.
  • A pack of four wild dogs and four pups resting on Marikene Drive.
  • The Styx pride of lions resting on Safari open area.
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Southern Fork Road.
  • One Talamati young male lion resting on One Eye Pan Road.
  • Xidulu, the female leopard, resting on Xihumbane Road.

 

Tuesday, 06 November 2018

(32ºC, 10mm rain)

  • Moya, the female leopard, feeding on a steenbok kill on Londoz Drift.
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding at Simbambili Dam.
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Southern Fork Road.
  • Xidulu the female leopard, feeding on a grey duiker kill on One Eye Pan Road.
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on EP Open aria.
  • Nine members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions and three Mhangene young male lions resting on MMM North.
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on A-Main Road.

 

Wednesday, 07 November 2018

(24ºC, 8mm rain)

  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on MMM South.
  • Another breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on Marula Bult Central.
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding at Rhino Pan.
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard and Tiyani, the female leopard with an impala kill on Rhino Ring South.
  • Xidulu, the female leopard, still feeding on her grey duiker kill on One Eye Pan Road.

 

Thursday, 08 November 2018

(32ºC)

  • One lioness of the Nkuhuma pride resting on Methlowani Road.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions and three of the Mhangene young males resting on Ngala open area.
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Rhulani Road.
  • A pack of four wild dogs resting on Simbambili firebreak.
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, scent marking on Ekiso Road.
  • Thandi, the female leopard, walking along Road 47.

 

Friday, 09 November 2018

(33ºC)

  • Xidulu, the female leopard, resting in a tree with her impala kill on Marula Bult Road.
  • Four buffalo bulls resting on Rocky Road.
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on MMM North.
  • Another breeding herd of about 30 elephants Mafufunyane Road.
  • Xidulu the female leopard, dropped her kill out of the tree and a hyena stole it on Marula Bult Road.
  • One elephant bull drinking water at EP open area.

 

Saturday, 10 November 2018

(32ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on EP open area.
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on MMM North.
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, resting on Rhulani Road.
  • Four buffalo bulls resting at Picannini Utha Pan.
  • Six buffalo bulls resting at Rhino Pan Road.
  • Xidulu the female leopard, with a kill on Simbambili firebreak.
  • Another breeding herd of elephants feeding on Pungwe open area.
  • Another breeding herd of about 10 elephants feeding on Simbambili firebreak.

 

Sunday, 11 November 2018

(32ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on 16th crossing Road.
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, still feeding on her impala kill on Pungwe Crossing.
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, stalking a warthog on Safari/Shirly’s Cutline Road.
  • Another breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on Shirly’s Link.

 

 

Big 5 Sightings 29 October to 04 November

Young Cheetah playing
– Gerrit Ackerman

Monday 29 October, 2018 (37ºC)

  • Xidulu the female leopard, feeding on a duiker kill on MMM North
  • The Nkuhuma pride, three young Mhangene pride and one of the young Talamati males resting on Gowrie Main Road
  • A breeding herd of elephants feeding on EP open area

 

Tuesday 30 October, 2018 (38ºC)

  • Xidulu the female leopard, resting at Pungwe Pan
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Ngala open area
  • Another breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding on Kudu Drift Road
  • A pack of four wild dogs and there four pups resting on Rhino ring west
  • Three cheetahs resting at Simbambili Dam
  • Xidulu the female leopard, resting at Rhulani Pan
  • A group of seven buffalos resting at Rhino Pan
  • Another group of 10 buffalos resting at Serengeti Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants drinking water at Serengeti Dam

 

Wednesday 31 October, 2018 (31ºC)

  • Three cheetahs resting on Simbambili/EP Cutline
  • Hukumuri the male leopard resting on Josie Road
  • Four wild dogs resting at Shirlys/EP Cutline Road
  • Hukumuri the male leopard feeding on a bushbuck kill in front of Simbambili camp
  • A breeding herd of about ten buffalos feeding on EP open area
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on Simbambili fire break
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Pungwe island
  • Another breeding herd of elephants feeding around Big Dam

Elephant in the Manyaleti
– Gerrit Ackerman

Thursday 01 November, 2018 (27ºC)

  • Three cheetahs feeding on three impala kills on Xidulu Road
  • Hukumuri the male leopard still on his bushbuck kill in front of Simbambili camp
  • Six members of the Nkuhuma pride resting on Buff skull south
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride resting at Red dam
  • A breeding herd of about 400 buffalos feeding at Matundeluka Pan
  • One buffalo bull feeding at A-Main
  • Three elephants feeding at Rhino Pan

 

Friday 02 November, 2018 (24ºC)

  • Xidulu the female leopard resting at Zebra Drive
  • Tiyani the female leopard on mamba Road
  • Two wild dog males on EP Driveway
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on A-main
  • Two buffalo bulls resting at Wetpatch Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on Madash Road
  • Three Cheetahs resting on Simbambili fire break
  • Hukumuri the male leopard on Central Road
  • Four members of the Nkuhuma pride resting at Seepline Road
  • Three young Mhangene male lions, one Talamati male lion and Five members of the Nkuhuma pride resting at Big Dam

 

Saturday 03 November, 2018 (26ºC)

  • Three Mhangene male lions, resting on Big Dam link north
  • Xidulu the female leopard, resting in a leadwood tree on Madash Road
  • Tiyani the female leopard, chased up a tree after hyenas stole her impala kill on Horseshoe west Road
  • One Talamati young male lion on Rhino ring west Road
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants on EP open area
  • Tiyani and Xidulu female leopards having a standoff at Rhino ring east
  • A breeding herd of about 10 elephants on Safari driveway
  • Three Mhangeni young male lions resting at Big Dam

Anderson male leopard
– Gerrit Ackerman

Sunday 04 November, 2018 (28ºC)

  • Anderson the male leopard walking along Robson’s boundary Road
  • Two elephant bulls feeding on Simbambili fire break
  • A breeding herd of about 40 buffalos resting on EP open area
  • Xidulu the female leopard, lost her scrub hare kill to a hyena
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions and three of the young Mhangene males resting at Chitwa air strip

Big 5 Sightings 22 to 27 October

The highlight of the week was the female cheetah and her two subadult cubs hunting and killing an impala female on Bushcamp East

Photo by Gerrit Ackerman

Monday, 22 October 2018 (24ºC)

  • Moya, the female leopard eating her duiker kill at Londoz Drift
  • Six members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions, and one sub adult Mhangeni male lion resting at Road 47
  • A breeding herd of about ten buffaloes resting at Poachers Corner
  • Tiyani, the female leopard scent marking on Kudu Drift Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on A-Main Road
  • Two honey badgers walking along Big Dam Link South

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 (27ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard resting south of Pungwe Pan
  • Two elephant bulls walking along One Eye Pan Road
  • Xidulu, the female leopard feeding on her impala kill at Central Road West
  • Moya, the female leopard walking north from Londoz Drift
  • One elephant bull feeding along EP old driveway
  • About thirteen buffalo bulls resting at Serengeti Pan

Photo by Gerrit Ackerman

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 (30ºC)

  • Xidulu, the female leopard resting in a tree with her kill at Central Road West
  • One elephant bull drinking water at one Eye Pan
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding along Chitwa /Little Gowrie Cutline
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Kuala Bear Road
  • Twelve buffalo bulls feeding on Star Chestnut Road

Thursday, 25 October 2018 (33ºC)

  • A breeding herd of twenty elephants feeding along One Eye Pan
  • Tiyani, the female leopard walking around A-Main Road
  • Six buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Pan Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Shirley’s open area

Friday, 26 October 2018 (34ºC)

  • Moya, the female leopard walking from A-Main to Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants playing in the mud at Rhino Pan
  • Three buffalo bulls resting on Rocky Road
  • The daughter of the Ingrids Dam female leopard, stalking a scrub hare on Kuala Bear Road
  • Three cheetahs resting on the southern part of EP airstrip
  • Fourteen buffalo bulls resting at Serengeti Pan

Photo by Gerrit Ackerman

Saturday, 27 October 2018 (35ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking along Pungwe Crossing
  • Ten members of the Nkuhuma pride, one subadult Talamati male and the three subadult Mhangeni male lions resting at Tree House Pan
  • Three cheetah’s resting at EP airstrip
  • Fifteen buffaloes feeding on Rhino Ring South
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on EP delivery Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding close to Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about 800 buffaloes feeding on Nkhoro open area

Sunday, 28 October 2018 (37ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard resting on A-main Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting at Kimbians Crossing
  • Three Cheetahs hunting and killing a female impala on Bushcamp East
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on EP open area
  • Fifteen buffalo bulls feeding close to Serengeti Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on One Eye Pan Road
  • Xidulu, the female leopard feeding on a grey duiker kill on MMM North

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