Big 5 Sightings 30 July to 5 August

– Gert Smit

Monday, 30 July 2018
(28ºC)
  • Xidulu, the female leopard with the remains of a kill on MMM North
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Seepline Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Shortcut Wetpatch Road
  • Sibuye, the female leopard and her two cubs resting on Brown Ivory Extention
  • One elephant bull feeding on Mums Road
  • Ten buffalo bulls resting on Robsons boundary
 
Tuesday, 31 July 2018
(28ºC)
  • One pangolin foraging close to Pungwe Pan
  • Three buffalo bulls feeding on Mums Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on A-main
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Wetpatch Road
  • One lioness of the Tsalala pride resting at Shirly’s Crossing
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Bushcamp East Road
 
Wednesday, 1 August 2018
(29ºC)
  • One unknown male leopard walking west on Rhulani Road
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on EP open area
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding close to 15th Crossing
  • Tiyani, the female leopard walking east on Mabusa Road
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking south from EP/Manyeleti Crossing
  • Ten buffalo bulls feeding close to Rocky Road

– Gert Smit

Thursday, 2 August 2018
(26ºC)
  • One elephant bull feeding on Saseka Road
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking east from Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding on EP open area
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting on EP open area
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Nyati Bamba Road
  • Four buffalo bulls resting in the water at Rhulani Pan
 
Friday, 3 August 2018
(24ºC)
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Shirley’s Crossing Road
  • Seven buffalo bulls feeding close to Tamboti Crossing
  • Tiyani, the female leopard drinking water at Serengeti Pan
  • Sibuye, the female leopard and her two cubs with an impala kill close to Wessels Camp
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on 2nd Windmill Road

 

Saturday, 4 August 2018
(26ºC)
  • One pangolin foraging on Xinzele Road
  • Seven buffalo bulls feeding on Xinzele Road
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Buffalo Scull South
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard with a grey duiker kill on Mabuza Road
  • A breeding herd of about fifty elephants feeding close to Ntoma Crossing

– Gert Smit

Sunday, 5 August 2018
(25ºC)
  • A pack of six wild dogs drinking water at Rhino Pan
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Mums Road
  • Seven buffalo bulls feeding on Rhulani Road
  • Styx pride of lions feasting on a Zebra kill on Track South
  • Tiyani, the female leopard with a impala kill on Mabuza Road
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard stalking impalas on Pommies Pan Road
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Red Dam
 
 
 

Big 5 Sightings 23 to 29 July 2018

The Big 5 highlight of the week was the pangolin sighting

Pangolin – Gert Smit

 
Monday, 23 July 2018
(26ºC)
  • A female cheetah and her two cubs resting on Shombaan Road
  • A breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding on Seepline Road
  • Another breeding herd of about forty elephants drinking water at EP Pan
  • The nkuhuma pride of lions stalking zebras on Luca’s Open Area
  • Thamba the male leopard resting on Nyati Road
  • Three buffalo bulls feeding on MMM North
Tuesday, 24 July 2018
(27ºC)
  • One male lion of the Ottawa coalition resting on Horse Shoe Open
  • Anderson the male leopard resting on Leopard Drift Road
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding at Leeukuil Pan
  • A female cheetah and her two cubs resting on Ngala Open
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting with her impala kill at Tamboti Crossing
  • Nsele the female leopard resting Picinini Utah Dam
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Wet Patch Road
Wednesday, 25 July 2018
(28ºC)
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at EP Open
  • Tiyani, the female leopard still with her impala kill at Tamboti Crossing
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard resting at Zebra Drive Road
  • Three elephant bulls feeding at Sawmill Road

Makhomsava-the-femal-Leopard
– Gert Smit

Thursday, 26 July 2018
(28ºC)
  • A female cheetah and her two cubs walking along the Fence Line Road
  • Xidulu the female leopard walking along Madash Road
    Hukumuri the male leopard walking on Old Borehole Road
  • A pack of six wild dogs running West on A Main Road
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants drinking water at Big Dam
Friday, 27 July 2018
(27ºC)
  • Hukumuri the male leopard walking South on Elephant Plains Old Drive way
  • Four elephant bulls feeding on Rhino Ring East
  • One buffalo bull resting at Rhino Pan
  • One Pangolin walking at Pungwe Pan
Saturday, 28 July 2018
(28ºC)
  • A pack of 6 wild dogs on a impala kill and elephants of about 20 chasing them around on Ekiso Road
  • Anderson the male leopard resting on Robson’s Boundary
  • Two of the Mhangene sub adult male lions resting at Rhino Pan
  • Anderson the male leopard resting on Rhino Pan Road

Grey-headed-Bushshrike
– Gert Smit

Sunday, 29 July 2018
(29ºC)
  • A breeding herd of about ten buffalo bulls resting on Robson’s Boundary Road
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Pungwe Island
  • One wild dogs running West on Hyena den Road
  • Ten buffalo bulls resting in the water at Rhino Pan

Big 5 Sightings 16 to 22 July 2018

Monday, 16 July 2018
(21ºC)
  • One lioness of the Nkuhuma pride walking south on Ngala open
  • Seven buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Pan Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard feasting on a vervit monkey close to Leeukuil
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding on Rocky Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Ximungwe Road
 
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
(22ºC)
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding on Chestnut open area
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Midden Road
  • Two elephant bulls feeding on Simbambili firebreak
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting Mums Road
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on Bushcamp East Road
Wednesday, 18 July 2018
(26ºC)
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Rhino Ring West
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking east on Mfezi Road
  • Makhomsava, the young female leopard walking south on Big Dam Link South
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Kuala Bear Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding close to Bushcamp Pan
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking east on Seepline Road
 
Thursday, 19 July 2018
(22ºC)
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding on Chestnut Road
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at the hyena den
  • Nsele, the female leopard resting on Rhino Pan Road
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on A-main Road
  • Another breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding on Pungwe Island
  • A hyena stole the warthog kill of Hukumuri, the male leopard, on Rhulani Road
 
Friday, 20 July 2018
(28ºC)
  • A female cheetah and her two cubs resting on A-main Road
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions staked and killed an impala on Big Dam Link North
  • The young Ottawa male lion roaring at Big dam while following the Nkuhuma pride of lions.
  • A female cheetah and her two cubs with an impala and a steenbok kill on Jerry Drive
  • A breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding close to Ntoma Crossing
 
Saturday, 21 July 2018
(26ºC)
  • A female cheetah and her two cubs still resting on Jerry Drive
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on A-main
  • A big elephant bull feeding close to Big Dam
  • Tiyani, the female leopard walking west on Simbambili firebreak
  • Another breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on Pungwe Island
Sunday, 22 July 2018
(25ºC)
  • Moya, the female leopard scent marking around Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on Bushcamp West Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding on Saseka Road
  • Hukumri, the male leopard scent marking on Eastern Bank Manyeleti
  • A female cheetah and her 2 cubs resting on Xidulu Road
 
 

Sightings 09 to 15 July

The Big 5 highlight of the week was, to see Sibuye the female leopard with her two cubs playing in the riverbed.

Sibuye female leopards with her cubs – Gerrit Ackerman

Monday 09 July 2018
(25ºC)
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on EP Airstrip.
  • A pack of eight wild dogs eating their impala kill on Nyati Bamba Road
  • Tiyani the female leopard walking from Horse Shoe West Road.
  • Anderson the male leopard stalking a warthog in his burrow at Simbambili/EP Cutline Road.
  • One lioness of the Nkuhuma pride feeding her cubs at Pungwe Crossing.
  • Hosana the male leopard feeding on his steenbok kill at Shirley’s Crossing.
  • Tiyani the female leopard walking along Wet Patch Road.
  • Two buffalo bulls resting at Pungwe Fire Break Crossing.
 
Tuesday 10 July 2018
(23ºC)
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions walking along Rhino Ring East.
  • One of the Nkuhuma female lions fighting a group of four hyenas at Ekiso Road.
  • Three elephant bulls feeding at Kudu Drift Road.
  • Two buffalo bulls resting at Simbambili Dam.
Wednesday 11 July 2018
(26ºC)
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Pungwe Island.
  • Xidulu the female leopard walking along 15th Crossing Road.
  • Hukumuri the male leopard resting at EP/Shirley’s Cutline Road.
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding on Leopard Drift Road.

Hukumuri Male Leopard
– Gerrit Ackerman

Thursday 12 July 2018
(29ºC)
  • Thamba the male leopard resting on Mamba Road.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Pungwe Island.
  • Xidulu the female leopard resting on Safari/Shirley’s Cut Line Road.
  • Makhomsava the female leopard walking on Saseka Road.
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants drinking water at Leeukuil.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions attacking a hyena at Tamboti Crossing.
 
Friday 13 July 2018
(28ºC)
  • Hukumuri the male leopard walking on Zebra Drive.
  • A pack of six wild dogs running along Impala Road.
  • Thamba the male leopard resting on Hyena Den Road.
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Saseka Road.
 
Saturday 14 July 2018
(24ºC)
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Puffadder Road.
  • Tiyani the female leopard walking on Rhulani Road.
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Wessels/Hofmans Cutline Road.

Nkuhuma lioness with cubs
– Gerrit Ackerman

Sunday 15 July 2018
(21ºC)
  • Sibuye the female leopard and her two cubs resting south of Tree House Pan.
  • Tiyani the female leopard walking along Seepline Road.
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding on Rocky Road.
  • One elephant bull feeding on Saseka Road.
  • Two elephant bulls feeding on Rhulani Road.
 
 

Big 5 Sightings 18 – 24 June 2018

The Big Five highlight of the week was the wild dogs catching a young nyala surrounded by hyenas with Thamba the young male leopard watching from the side
 

Cheetah family watching a Hyena passing by.
– Gert Smit

Monday 18 June 2018
(28ºC)
  • Tiyani the female leopard walking on Hawk Eagle Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Safari Open Area
  • Sibuye the female leopard resting at White Cloth Open Area
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions walking north on Rhino Ring North Road
Tuesday 19 June 2018
(25ºC)
  • Tiyani the female leopard resting at Kraaines Pan
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Fire Break Road
  • Three cheetahs walking on the Fence Line Road
  • One buffalo bull resting on Saseka Road
  • Three elephant’s bulls drinking water on EP Open
  • Hukumuri the male leopard walking South on Old Bore Hole Road
Wednesday 20 June 2018
(24ºC)
  • Three cheetahs resting on Simbambili Makhulu Open
  • Nseel the female leopard walking West from Picanini Utah Pan
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting just Nort of Picanini Utah Pan
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at EP Manyaleti Crossing

Nkuhama pride drinking water.
– Gert smit

Thursday 21 June 2018
(29ºC)
  • Tiyani the female leopard stalking an impala at Pungwe road
  • A breeding herd of elephants feeding at EP open
  • Another breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding at Bush camp Open Area
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions walking on Robsons Boundary
  • Tiyani the female leopard resting on Sawmill Road
  • Hukumuri the male leopard walking west from Ngala Open
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on the Pungwe Island
Friday 22 June 2018
(32ºC)
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Leeukuil
  • Three elephant bulls feeding on EP Open
  • A female cheetah with her two cubs resting at Xidhulu Road
  • Five southern ground hornbills feeding at Lukas Open
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants walking south from Gowry Main Road
  • The styx pride of lions walking north over Gowry Main Road
Saturday 23 June 2018
(31ºC)
  • A female cheetah and her two cubs resting at Pommies Pan
  • Tiyani the female leopard resting on Simbambili Firebreak
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Rhino Ring East Road
  • Nsele the female leopard walking on Hyena Den Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Pungwe Island
  • Three buffalo bulls resting at Rhino Ring South

Tiyani the femail leopard.
– Gert Smit

Sunday 24 June 2018
(32ºC)
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Marula Build Central
  • A pack of about six wild dogs feeding on a young nyala and chasing Thamba the young male leopard at Zimba Bridge
  • Tiyani the female leopard walking west over EP Airstrip
  • One elephant bull drinking water at Kraaines Pan
  • One elephant bull feeding on Treehouse Pan
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at the Old Bore Hole
 

Big 5 Sightings 11 to 17 June 2018

Nkuhuma pride of lions on a buffalo kill – Gert Smit

Monday 11 June 2018
(26ºC)
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions chasing one buffalo bull infront of Simbambili Lodge
  • A female Cheetah with her two cubs resting on Arathusa airstrip
  • One elephant bull feeding at Boundary Pan
  • Sibuye the female leopard and her two cubs feeding their impala kill North of Wessels Camp
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions feeding on their buffalo kill at Simbambili pan
  • Tiyani the female leopard feeding her Steenbok kill on Shortcut to Wet Patch Road
Tuesday 12 June 2018
(26ºC)
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions still feeding on their buffalo kill at Simbambili pan
  • Tiyani the female leopard feeding her Steenbok kill on Shortcut to Wet Patch Road
  • Xihudulu the female leopard feeding her grey duiker kill at Madash Road
  • One elephant bull feeding at Boundary Pan
  • Thamba the male leopard walking West on Zebra Drive
  • Tiyani the female leopard resting on Shortcut to Wet Patch Road
  • Xihudulu the female leopard resting at Madash Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Marakeni Drive Road
  • Sibuye the female leopard resting at Wessels Little Gowrie Cutline
Wednesday 13 June 2018
(25ºC)
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions walking South on Bush camp East Road
  • Xihudulu the female leopard resting on Konkoni Road
  • Nsele the female leopard walking North on 1st Right Road
  • A female Cheetha with her two cubs resting at Buff Pan
  • Moya the female leopard’s cub walking South on Big Dam Link North Road
  • Hukumuri the male leopard resting on Maboza Road
  • One Matimba male lion resting on Old EP Driveway
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions chasing one buffalo bull at Ntoma Crossing

– Gert Smit

Thursday 14 June 2018
(29ºC)
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on KBR Road
  • Hukumuri the male leopard walking South on Rhino Ring West Road
  • Makosava the female leopard resting at Big Dam Link North
  • Hukumuri the male leopard feeding on his warthog kill at Rhino Ring West Road
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions walking East on Makhulu Open
Friday 15 June 2018
(17ºC)
  • Sibuye the female leopard chasing Moya the female leopard West on Grass Cut Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Sawmill Road
  • Hukumuri the male leopard walking North on Shortcut to Wet Patch Road
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Simbambili Firebreak
  • One buffalo bull resting at Gabies Crossing
Saturday 16 June 2018
(29ºC)
  • One unknown male leopard walking on Robsons Boundry
  • Tiyani the female leopard stalking a steenbok on Sawmill Road
  • A pack of about six wild dogs running West on Rhino Pan Road
  • Two of the Nkuhuma lionesses walking on Pungwe Road
  • Hukumuri the male leopard and Xidulu the female leopard on a impala kill at first Wind Mill Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on KBR Road

– Gerrit Ackerman

Sunday, 2018
(º24C)
  • One elephant bull feeding on Southern Fork Road
  • Two of the Nkuhuma lionesses resting at the Old Bore Hole
  • Three cheetahs resting at Simbambili Makhulu open area