Big 5 Sightings 16-22 September 2019

  • The highlight of the week was the Nkuhuma pride of lions with 6 cubs mobile east of Knobthorn Pan
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Monday, 16 September 2019 (25ºC)

  • Two Avoca male lions with seven lionesses of the Nkuhuma pride drinking water at Jacobin Pan
  • Sibuye, the female leopard having a stand off with Thandi, the female leopard in the Malawati riverbed
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Horseshoe East
  • One buffalo bull resting on Puff Adder road

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 (29ºC)

  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her cub feeding on an impala kill at Xigodi Pan
  • Moya, the female leopard resting on the Rocks
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Rhino Ring West
  • One adult hyena and three pups resting at the den site off A-Main
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding along Rocky road

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 (34ºC)

  • A breeding herd of 15 elephants feeding along Kudu Drift
  • Another herd of 25 elephants drinking at Ram Pan
  • Three adult hyena and two pups resting at the den site off A-Main
  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub feeding on a fresh duiker kill on the Island
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Thursday, 19 September 2019 (26ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub feeding on their duiker kill on the Island
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants drinking at Ram Pan
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions with 6 cubs mobile north towards Gowrie Main road
  • Hosana, the male leopard chased Xinzele, the female leopard up a tree on Londoz Boundary
  • Makhomsava, the female leopard resting on Londoz Boundary  
  • Another breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding around Bushcamp Pan

Friday, 20 September 2019 (29ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding in the Manyeleti river between EP Manyeleti crossing and Kimbian’s crossing
  • Another breeding herd of about 10 elephants feeding along Drongo North
  • Eight buffalo bulls drinking at Serengeti Pan
  • Moya, the female leopard mobile along Rhino Ring West
  • One adult hyena and two cubs resting at a new den site off old Mhisi Khaya road

Saturday, 21 September 2019 (32ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard mobile along Makhulu Open Area
  • Xidulu, the female leopard mobile east towards MMM North
  • A breeding herd of 25 elephants feeding along Seepline
  • Another breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding along Londoz Boundary
  • One buffalo bull drinking at Serengeti Pan
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Sunday, 22 September 2019 (32ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on EP Flood Plain
  • Moya, the female leopard resting on Mfezi Open
  • Another herd of about 30 elephants drinking at EP Open Pan
  • One adult hyena and three pups resting at the den site off A-Main
  • Two Ximungwe lionesses resting close to Simbambili Dam

Big 5 sightings 2 Sept – 8 Sept

Monday, 2nd September 2019 (29ºC)

  • Tiyani the female leopard’s cub resting in a tree infront of Ntoma lodge
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding along Saseka
  • Ten buffalo bulls feeding in PU
  • Tiyani the female leopard hunting around Elephant Plains lodge

Tuesday, 3rd September 2019 (29ºC)

  • Eight of the Nkuhuma lionesses resting on Southern Fork
  • Moya the female leopard resting south of Eagle Owl Crossing
  • Tiyani the female leopard hunting around Tamboti Crossing

Wednesday, 4th September 2019 (34ºC)

  • Shinzele the female leopard hunting around Nyati Road
  • Six members of the Styx pride drinking at Rhino Pan
  • Hyena den active with two adult females and two pups

Thursday, 5th September 2019 (28ºC)

  • Tiyani the female leopard and her cub, as well as Hukumuri the male leopard feeding on an impala off of Elephant Carcuss
  • One bull elephant feeding around Silvan Lodge
  • Hukumuri the male leopard resting off of Elephant Plains Old Entrance
  • Xidulu the female leopard scent marking along Shirleys Cutline
  • Moya the female leopard resting on a termite mound off of Nkonkoni Road

Friday, 6th September 2019 (20ºC)

  • Two of the Avoca males resting on Safari/Shirleys Cutline
  • Two members of the Nkuhuma pride resting off of Wet Patch Road
  • Shinzele the female leopard resting on Rhino Pan Road
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on Seepline Road

Saturday, 7th September 2019 (20ºC)

  •  Southern ground hornbill feeding om Guarri Central
  • Herd of about twenty elephants feeding along MMM South
  • Tiyani the female leopard and cub feeding on an impala off of Firefbreak East of Simbambili Driveway

Sunday, 8th September 2019 (22ºC)

  • Tiyani the female leopard and her cub still feeding off the same impala
  • Anderson the male leopard feeding on the remains of a kill he took from either the hyena clan or another leopard
  • Moya the female leopard and Hukumuri the male leopard on a warthog kill off of Second Windmill road

Big Five Sightings 26 August- 01 September 2019

  • The highlight of the week was Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub catching a scrub hare in front of the lodge in the Manyeleti riverbed.
Photo by Chade Gelderman

Monday, 2019 (30ºC)

  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her cub feeding on a steenbuck kill off One Eye Pan road
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on MMM North
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding on Kudu Drift
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her cub walking along Simbambili and Arathusa cutline.
  • Another breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding on Sawmill

Tuesday, 2019 (29ºC)

  • Hosana, the male leopard walking along Saseka road
  • Two Ximungwe female lionesses resting on Simbambili Firebreak road
  • Xidulu, the female leopard walking across MMM South
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking through the Bee-eater block

Wednesday, 2019 (25ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting on Eastern Bank Pungwe road
  • A herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Kudu Drift
  • Four buffalo bulls drinking water at Serengeti Dam
  • One Nkuhuma lioness and her two cubs resting north of Treehouse Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding at Broken Dam
  • Xidulu, the female leopard hunting impala along Wetpatch road
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding along Saseka road
Photo by Chade Gelderman

Thursday, 2019 (24ºC)

  • Two African wild dogs drinking water at Chitwa-Chitwa Dam
  • Sibuye, the female leopard resting in a tree with her duiker kill east of Misi Mati Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants drinking at Treehouse Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about 25 elephants feeding around Serengeti Open

Friday, 2019 (30ºC)

  • Xinzele, the female leopard resting on a termite mound along Rhino Pan road
  • Makhomsava, the female leopard resting in a tree at Serengeti Open
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants drinking water at Rampan
  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub catching a scrub hare in front of the lodge in the Manyeleti riverbed.
  • Four female lions and one young male of the Torchwood pride resting on Mabonzo shortcut
  • Eight buffalo bulls resting at Picanini Utah Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about 25 elephants feeding along A-main

Saturday, 2019 (28ºC)

  • Seven lionesses and two young males of the Nkuhuma pride resting east of Treehouse Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Little Gowrie Driveway
  • Hosana, the male leopard resting on a termite mound along Saseka
  • Another breeding herd of about 50 elephants feeding along MMM South
Photo by Chade Gelderman

Sunday, 2019 (25ºC)

  • The Nkuhuma pride consisting of four lioness, one Avoca male and two cubs feeding on a waterbuck kill East of Chitwa-Chitwa dam off of One Eye Pan road
  • Thandi, the female leopard on a duiker kill at Chitwa-Chitwa dam wall
  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub playing around Leeukuil
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard chased a young female leopard off of her duiker kill east of Mfezi Open

Big Five Sighting – 19-25 August 2019

  • The highlight of the week was Anderson, the male leopard and Xinzele, the female leopard chased of an impala kill by a clan of hyenas that were then chased off the kill by the Othawa male lion on Impala road
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Monday 19th August, 2019 (26ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub resting with their impala kill around Rampan
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding along One Eye Pan road
  • One Avoca male lion resting at Knobthorn Open
  • Makhomsava, the female leopard hunting along A-Main
  • Two buffalo bulls drinking water at Serengeti Dam
  • One Avoca male lion drinking water at Red Dam

Tuesday 20th August, 2019 (23ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard hunting west of One Eye Pan Open
  • Two Avoca male lions feeding on a hippo kill at Chitwa-Chitwa Dam
  • Xinzele, the female leopard resting off of Rocky road
  • Five buffalo bulls feeding on the Londolozi boundary
  • A breeding herd of about 25 elephants drinking at Serengeti Dam
  • Another breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding along Koala Bear road

Wednesday 21st August, 2019 (25ºC)

  • One Avoca male lion resting on Mamba road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub hunting around Nyati road
  • Xinzele, the female leopard and an unknown male leopard feeding on an impala kill off of Impala road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub feeding on an impala kill on the fence line at the Manyeleti River crossing
  • One Avoca male lion resting off of Sixes road
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Thursday 22nd August, 2019 (28ºC)

  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her cub walking along Shimboma road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub feeding still feeding on their impala kill on the fence line at the Manyeleti River crossing.
  • One female lion of the Nkuhuma pride feeding on the dead hippo at Chitwa-Chitwa Dam
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on Shirley’s Open Area
  • Five buffalo bulls feeding in Picanini Utah.

Friday 23rd August, 2019 (24ºC)

  • One Othawa male lion walking along Londolozi boundary.
  • Four buffalo bulls resting on Star Chestnut Open area.
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard feeding on an impala kill on EP/Simbambili cutline.
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her cub resting south of Central road
  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding on EP Flood Plain

Saturday, 2019 (27ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard on a fresh impala kill on Nyati Bamba road.
  • Tiyani, the female leopard walking along Nyati Bamba road
  • Ten African wild dogs resting at Linda’s Dam
  • Anderson, the male leopard resting in a tree with an impala kill with Hukumri, the male leopard lying below on Nyati Bamba road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting at Serengeti Crossing
  • One African wild dog chasing impala on EP Airstrip
Photo by Chade Gelderman

Sunday, 2019 (32ºC)

  • Anderson, the male leopard and Xinzele, the female leopard chased of an impala kill by a clan of hyenas that were then chased off the kill by the Othawa male lion on Impala road
  • Hosana, the male leopard resting at Our Father’s Crossing
  • Two adult hyena and two cubs resting at the new den site at the junction of A-main and Kudu Drift.
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her cub with a fresh steenbuck kill on One Eye Pan Open
  • A breeding herd of about 25 elephants drinking at Treehouse Pan  

Big Five Sightings 11-18 August 2019

  • The highlight of the week was Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub feeding on an impala kill at Ram Pan
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Monday, 12 August 2019 (38ºC)

  • Saseka, the young female leopard hiding in a tree to get away from hyena
  • One honey badger running along Shinzele road
  • Seven members of the Nkuhuma lion pride resting on Parallel road
  • One Avoca male lion resting on Gowrie main
  • Two cheetah drinking water at Nkorho Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Road 7
  • Xinzele, the female leopard drinking water at Rhino Pan

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 (30ºC)

  • Xinzele, the female leopard resting on a termite mound on Nyati road
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her cub walking along Road 7
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Rhino Ring East
  • One female ostrich feeding on EP Airstrip
  • Another breeding herd of about 25 elephants feeding on Bushcamp East
  • Five buffalo bulls feeding on Simbambili Driveway
  • Saseka, the female leopard resting in a tree at Ram Pan

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 (32ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub feeding on a scrub hare along the Manyeleti on the fence line.
  • Three members of Nkuhuma pride resting on Horseshoe West
  • Another three members of the Nkuhuma pride resting at Simbambili Pan
  • One Nkuhuma lioness and two cubs resting on 2nd Windmill road
  • One Avoca male lion resting on Jozi road
  • A breeding herd of 20 elephants feeding close to Tamboti Crossing
  • Five buffalo bulls feeding on Impala road
  • Another breeding herd of about 40 elephants feeding at Big Dam’
  • Tiyani, the female leopard chased up a tree by three members of the Nkuhuma lion pride on Guarri Central
Photo by Chade Gelderman

Thursday, 15 August 2019 (29ºC)

  • Two adult hyena and three cubs resting at the den site on Mamba road
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants on KBR
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants on Zebra Drive
  • A breeding herd of about 25 elephants feeding at EP Manyeleti Crossing
  • One Avoca male lion resting on Magic Willy Open
  • Saseka, the female leopard resting on Central Marula Built West road

Friday, 16 August 2019 (31ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub feeding on an impala kill on Simbambili Driveway
  • Hukumuri, the male lion resting on the Rocks
  • Moya, the female leopard walking along Madash road
  • resting in the Manyeleti Riverbed
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants drinking at Big Dam
  • Makhomsava, the female leopard on a duiker kill on Leopard Drift
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Rocky road 

Saturday, 17 August 2019 (30ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub feeding on an impala kill at Ram Pan
  • The Styx lion pride walking along A-Main road
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants walking along Bushcamp West
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her cub on an impala kill at 15th Crossing
  • Moya, the female leopard with a duiker kill on Konkoni road
  • Another breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on Bushcamp East
Photo by Chade Gelderman

Sunday, 18 August 2019 (26ºC)

  • Moya, the female leopard finishing her duiker kill on Konkoni road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub drinking at Ram Pan
  • Three buffalo bulls resting on Star Chestnut road
  • Three cheetah walking across Wessels and Chitwa-Chitwa cutline
  • One Avoca male lion resting south of Treehouse Pan
  • Three Nkuhuma lionesses, two cubs and one Avoca male resting east of Wors Crossing
  • Five members of the Nkuhuma lion pride drinking water at Treehouse Pan.

Big 5 Sightings 5-11 August 2019

The highlight of the week was Saseka, the newly named young female leopard caught a baby nyala on Shirley’s Open Area

Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Monday, 05 August 2019 (28ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding on EP airstrip
  • Two Ximungwe lionesses resting at Picanini Utah Pan
  • Tiyani, the female leopard’s cub resting in a tree at Morningside
  • Two female hyena and seven cubs resting at the den site off Mamba road
  • Four members of the Torchwood lion pride drinking water at Ingwe Dam
  • Anderson, the male leopard resting at Big Dam Link South
  •  Moya, the female leopard drinking water at Big Dam
  • Five buffalo bulls feeding in Picanini Utah

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 (26ºC)

  • One female hyena and 3 cubs resting at the den off Mamba road
  • Seven Nkuhuma lionesses with 2 cubs and one Avoca male lion resting on Southern Fork
  • Two honey badgers running along Madash road
  • A breeding herd of about 12 elephants feeding on Mutzenzeleke road
  • Xinzele, the female leopard hunting impala on Mamba drive
  • Another herd of about 20 elephants feeding on MMM North

Wednesday, 07 August 2019 (25ºC)

  • The young Nkuhuma male lion resting on Kudu Drift
  • Two honey badgers foraging on Seepline
  • Three adult hyena and seven cubs resting at the den site off Mamba road
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on EP Open Area
  • Tiyani, the female leopard walking across EP Flood Plain
  • Xinzele, the female leopard drinking water at Serengeti Dam
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Thursday, 08 August 2019 (28ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard on a young male impala kill on Rocky road
  • Two elephant bulls drinking water at Serengeti Dam
  • Anderson, the male leopard stole a female impala kill from Moya, the female leopard off Seepline
  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding on Mfezi Open Area
  • The young Nkuhuma male lion resting on One Eye Pan road
  • Six buffalo bulls resting on Firebreak

Friday, 09 August 2019 (37ºC)

  • Two cheetah walking along the Kruger National Park boundary
  • The young Nkuhuma male lion resting at Rulani Pan
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Shirley’s Open Area
  • Five buffalo bulls feeding on Firebreak
  • Tiyani, the female leopard’s cub resting at Shirley’s Crossing
  • Tiyani, the female leopard walking along A-Main
  • Another breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on EP Open Area

Saturday, 10 August 2019 (24ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub walking along Shirley’s Crossing
  • Two elephant bulls drinking water at Serengeti Dam
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Bushcamp West
  • Saseka, the young female leopard caught a baby nyala on Shirley’s Open Area

Sunday, 11 August 2019 (32ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 25 elephants drinking water in front of Simbambili Lodge
  • Tiyani, the female leopard with an impala kill that a clan pf hyena stole on Powerline road
  • Xinzele, the female leopard walking along Rhino Pan road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard walking along Ngala Open Area
  • One honey badger foraging on Horseshoe East