Big 5 Sightings 23 to 29 April 2018

The Big 5 highlight of the week was:
Xidulu the female leopard meeting a wilddog while chasing the same impala
 

Lilac-Breasted Roller – Gerrit Ackerman

Monday,23 April 2018
(32ºC)
  • Tiyani the female leopard walking along Pungwe Island crossing
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Simbambili firebreak road
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Mehluane road
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on Parallel road
  • Four Ground horn bills feeding on Mehluane road
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on Kudu drift road
  • One buffalo bull resting on Southern fork road
 
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
(30ºC)
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Tsololo road
  • Tiyani the female leopard resting on Wet patch road
  • Sa breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Rhino Ring East road
  • One elephants bull feeding on Pungwe open
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on KBR
 
Wednesday, 2018
(30ºC)
  • Hukumuri the male leopard walking east on Pungwe Island crossing
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Milkberry road
  • A breeding herd of about eighty elephants on moving south on Seepline road
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Pan to Pan road

Xidulu the leopard – Gerrit Ackerman

Thursday, 2018
(31ºC)
 
  •  A breeding herd of about fifty buffalo feeding at Kudu drift road
  •  Tiyani the female leopard moving south from Rhino ring east
  •  The Styx pride of lions resting south of Baboon pan
  • Hukumuri the male leopard scent marking along MMM South
  • One elephant bull feeding on A Main close to Big dam
 
Friday, 2018
(30ºC)
 
  • Tiyani the female leopard following a unknown male leopard on Pumptrack road
  • A breeding herd of about fifty buffalos feeding on Bushcamp east
  • Xidulu the female leopard walking along Mfezi open area
  • Anderson the male leopard with a warthog kill on Puff adder road
  • A breeding herd of about fifty buffalo moving west over Chesnut open area
  • A pack of about ten wilddogs running north from Seefs pan road
 
Saturday, 2018
(31ºC)
 
  • The Styx pride of lions resting on Seepline road
  • Hukumuri the male leopard feeding on a impala kill south of the Firebreak
  • Tiyani the female leopard and a unknown male leopard moving west into Robsons
  • A pack of eight wilddogs running along Rhino ring west road
  • One buffalo bull resting at Serengeti pan
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants at Boundry pan

    Hyena – Gerrit Ackerman

     

Sunday, 2018
(29ºC)
 
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on 16TH Crossing road
  • Hukumuri resting close to his impala kill on the Firebreak
  • Three Avocas male lions resting south of Chitwa dam wall 

Big 5 Sightings 16 to 22 April

Highlight of the week was the Avoca male lions
 

Anderson the male Leopard – Morné Arnold

 Monday, 16 April 2018
(29ºC)
 
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Ngala open
  • Moya the female leopard cub on a Impala kill at Leopard drift road
  • Two buffalo bulls resting at Pungwe island
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions drinking water at Pungwe Island
  • One unknown male leopard walking East at One Eye Pan road
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Pungwe Island
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking water at One Eye Pan
 
Tuesday,17 April 2018
(33ºC)
 
  • Three Tsalala male lions resting at Shirly`s Open
  • Moya the female leopard cub resting at Leopard Drift road
 
Wednesday,18 April 2018
(28ºC)
 
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Pump house road
  • Moya the female leopard cub resting at Leopard drift road
  • A small buffalo herd feeding at EP drive way
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Gowrie main road
  • Three Tsalala male lions resting at Rhino pan road
  • Tiyani the female leopard on a Impala kill at KBR road
  • A pack of six wild dogs running west on Wet patch road
  • One unknown male leopard on fens line road
  • A small breeding herd of about eight buffalos resting at Tamboti crossing

    Hippo chasing hyena
    – Morné Arnold

Thursday,19 April 2018
(32ºC)
 
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Kimbeons road
  • Tsalala pride of lions on a kill at Big Dam
  • A pack of nine wild dogs running west at Seef`s pan road
  • Tiyani the female leopard still on her kill at KBR road
  • A pack of 9 wild dogs running at Gwarie Centeral road
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions walking south from Marula bult centeral
 
Friday,20 April 2018
(28ºC, 10mm)
 
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants walking on Shortcut Matunzeluka pan road
  • A breeding herd of about ten buffalos feeding on Fire brake
  • Tiyani the female leopard on a kill at KBR road
  • Three Avoca male lions resting at Fire brake
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at 2nd Windmill
 
Saturday,21April 2018
(30ºC)
 
  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding on Zebra drive road
  • Hukumuri the male leopard on a warthog kill at 1st windmill road
  • Nsele the female leopard walking on Elephant carcass road
  • One Tsalala female lions walking east on fens line road
  •  A breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding at Ngala road

Big tusked elephant bull
– Morné Arnold

Sunday,22 April 2018
(32ºC)
 
  • Moya the female leopard cub walking at Mfezi road
  • Tiyani the female leopard and Nsele the female leopard having a stand off at Rhino pan road
  • Hukumuri the male leopard still on its kill at 1st Windmill road
  • Tiyani the female leopard walking at Marula Bult Centeral
  • One elephant bull feeding at Buff Pan
 

 

Big 5 Sightings 09 to 15 April

The Big 5 highlight of the week was, Sibuye the female leopard and her Cub
 

Sibuye the female leopard and her Cub
– Gert Smit

Monday,9 April 2018
(29ºC)
  • Styx pride of lions resting South of Ingwe pan
  • Hosanna the male leopard on a grey duiker kill at Mike’s kitchen
  • One elephant bull walking on Rhino midden road
  • One Majingi male lion resting at Big dam
 
Tuesday,10 April 2018
(36ºC)
  • One female lion of the Tsalala pride of lions walking East of Londoz drift road
  • Two of the Mitumba male lions resting at Nagla open area
  • Two elephant bulls drinking water at PU dam
 
Wednesday,11 April 2018
(22ºC)
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants walking at Shirley’s crossing
  • The Torchwood pride of lions resting at Sabalala road
  • Xidulu the female and Hukumuri the male leopard mating at Bufscull crossing
  • Two Mitumba male lions resting on Sawmill

    Pangolin
    – Gert Smit

Thursday,12 April 2018
(26ºC)
  • Xidulu the female and Hukumuri the male leopard mating at Mutzenzeleke road
  • A breeding herd of buffalo walking on firebreak road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Impala road
  • One elephant bull walking at Boundary pan
  • Hukumuri the male leopard and Tiyani the female leopard having a standoff at Horse shoe West
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Rhino ring West
     
Friday,13 April 2018
(31ºC)
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions on a waterbuck kill East of Big dam
  • A pack of 9 wild dogs running North on MMM North
  • A breeding herd of about 80 buffalos feeding on One Eye Pan Road
  • One pangolin resting at Jozi link road
  • Tiyani the female leopard resting on Shortcut Wet pach road
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions walking North on Madash road
     
Saturday,14 April 2018
(33ºC)
  • Breeding herd of about 50 buffalos resting at MMM North road
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions resting close to Boundary pan on Madash
  • Xidulu the female leopard moving South on Marula Bult
  • Breeding herd of six buffalo feeding east of Picinini Uthla Camp
  • Breeding herd of about twenty elephants moving north over Kimbeon`s road
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions drinking water close to Boundary pan
  • Tiyani the female leopard calling on top of a termite mound on Kimbeons road

    Dwarf mongoose
    – Gert Smit

Sunday,15 April 2018
(28ºC)
  • Tiyani the female leopard and Hukumuri the male leopards moving south from Marula Bult
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants close to Ngala open area
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions resting east of Boundary pan
  • Sibuye the female leopard and one cub drinking water at Ingwe dam
  • Two elephants feeding on EP open area
     

Big 5 Sightings 2 to 8 April

Hosana, the male Leopard
– Morné Fouché

Monday,2 April 2018
(29ºC)
 
  • Ingrid dam the female leopard resting at Chestnut Open Area
  • A breeding herd of about 40 elephants walking west from Horseshoe Open
  • A breeding herd of about ten buffalos resting at Drongo North Road
  • Xidulu the female leopard resting at Xinzele Road
Tuesday,3 April 2018
(33ºC)
 
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on A Main
  • Two buffalo bulls resting in the water at Kraaines Pan
  • Hukumuri the male leopard walking on Wet patch Open Area
  • A breeding herd of elephants feeding on Gowri Central
 
Wednesday,4 April 2018
(34ºC)
 
  • A pack of 8 wild dogs feeding on a impala at Gowri Central Road
  • Tiyani the female leopard moving South east on Rhino Ring North
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at 15th crossing Road
  • One elephant bull feeding at Mfezi Open area
  • Hosanna the male leopard walking at JC Brink Pan
  • Tingana the male leopard walking at Three house East

Tower of Giraffes feeding
– Morné Fouché

Thursday,5 April 2018
(36ºC)
 
  • Hukumuri the male leopard walking at Sawmill Road
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions feeding on a Kudu kill at Wet Patch Road
  • One elephant bull walking along EP Open area
  • Anderson the male leopard and Moya the female leopard mating at Our Fathers crossing
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants drinking water at Serengeti Pan
  • A herd of about Four elephants walking west over A Main
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Lead Wood Road
 
Friday,6 April 2018
(36ºC)
 
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Gowrie Central Road
  • Styx pride of lions resting at Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about five elephants walking along Poachers corner
  • Tiyani the female leopard resting at EP Manyeleti crossing
  • Three elephant bulls drinking water at Bush champ pan
 
Saturday,7 April 2018
(34ºC)
 
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Ep/Simbambili cutline Road
  • One of the Majingi male lions resting at Shirley`s crossing
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants walking at Mkhulu Open area
  • Ten buffalo bulls resting at solar panel Road at PU corner
  • Hosanna and Tingana the two male leopards resting close to Chitwa Dam
  • A breeding herd of about 50 elephants drinking water at Big Dam

Elephant bull drinking water
– Morné Fouché

Sunday,8 April 2018
(29ºC)
 
  • Breeding herd of about twenty elephants walking along Seepline road
  • Three Southern Ground horn bills feeding on Seepline road
  • Tingana the male leopard resting on Chitwa dam wall
  • One of the Majingi male lions resting on Gowri main road
  • One unknown male leopard walking East on Gowrie main MMM road

Big 5 Sightings 26 March to 1 April

Flap Neck Chameleon
– Gert Smit

Monday,26 March  2018
(32ºC)
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Puffader Road
  • Tsalala pride of lions resting at Serengeti Pan
  • A pack of 8 wild dogs resting at 2nd Windmill Road
  • One buffalo bull walking along Rhino Ring South
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding at Red Dam
  • Nkuhuma female lions chasing the Tsalala female lions South
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants walking East at Pumptrack
  • 8 Buffalo bulls resting at Kudu Drift Road
 Tuesday,27 March 2018
(32ºC)
 
  • Hukumuri the male leopard walking East at Airport Link road
  • A breeding herd of about 15 elephants walking East over MMM South
  • Three buffalo buls resting in the water at Rampan
  • Xidulu the female leopard on a Grey Duiker kill at Southern Fork Road
  • Tiyani the female leopard walking South at Horsshoe West Road
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions walking East at Londoz Boundry Road
 Wednesday,28 March 2018
(34ºC)
 
  • Tiyani the female leopard resting at Serengeti pan
  • One elephant bull walking on Seepline Road
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding at Safari/Shirley`s Cutline road
  • Nsele the female leopard walking West along EP/Shirley`s Cutline Road
  • Tiyani the female leopard walking South West on Mamba Road
  • One elephant bull drinking water at Big Dam

Sabi Sand Sunset.
– Gert Smit

Thursday,29 March 2018
(32ºC)
 
  • Hukumuri the male leopard walking West on Zebra Drive Road
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Simbambili firebreak
  • One buffalo bull resting on Rhino Ring South
  • One of the Styx female lions and 3 cubs walking West at Ingwe Pan
Friday,30 March 2018
(35ºC)
 
  • A pack of 7 wild dogs moving west on Londolozi boundary
  • A pack of 7 wild dogs resting on EP Driveway
  • Xidulu the female leopard drinking water at Boundary Pan
  • One buffalo bull resting at Ingwe Pan
  • Five cubs of the Styx pride resting at Brown Ivory Extension
  • One elephant bull moving west on MMM North
Saturday,31 March 2018
(36ºC)
 
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Buff Scull South
  • The Styx pride of lions resting at Tree House Pan
  • The Styx pride of lions resting on Wessels/Little Gowrie Cut Line Road
  • A breeding herd of about 10 buffalos resting at Picanini Utah Dam

Giraffe
– Gert Smit

Sunday,01 April 2018
(26ºC) 17mm
 
  • Tingana the male leopard walking on Tree House East Road
  • Hosana the male leopard walking at Chitwa Dam
  • Ingrid Dam’s female leopard with her cub feeding on a grey duiker at Chestnut Open
  • Seven buffalo bulls resting in the mud east of Picanini Utha Dam
  • A small breeding herd of about 5 elephants moving east of Ingwe Dam

 

Big 5 Sightings 19 to 25 March

Martial Eagle – Gerrit Ackerman

Monday, 19 March 2018
(36ºC)
  • Tiyani, the female leopard still feeding on the impala kill east of Elephant Plains airstrip
  • One young lioness moving east from Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Rhino Pan Road
  • Two buffalo bulls resting in the water at Serengeti Pan
  • Xidulu, the female leopard scent marking on Simbambili firebreak
     
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
(30ºC)
 
  • Xidulu, the female leopard stalking impalas close to Eagle Owl Crossing
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard scent marking around 2nd Windmill Pan
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding around Tamboti Crossing
  • One elephant bull feeding close to Methlowani open area
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Zebra Drive
  • Another breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding on Seepline Road

Wednesday, 21 March 2018
(37ºC)

  • Anderson, the male leopard and Hukumuri, the male leopard having a standoff east of Safari airstrip
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at 2nd Windmill Pan
  • Tsalala pride of lions resting on EP open area
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding at Tamboti Crossing

    Thamba the male leopard – Gerrit Ackerman

     
Thursday, 22 March 2018
(24ºC)
  • One lioness of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Tsololo
  • A pack of 8 wild dogs having a standoff with 6 hyenas on EP Old driveway
  • One elephant bull feeding on Rocky Road
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding South of Tamboti Crossing
  • Xidulu the female leopard resting on a termite mound on horseshoe Open area
  • A breeding herd of about twenty Elephants feeding on Madash Road
     
Friday,23 March 2018
(27ºC, 15mm rain)
 
  • One Buffalo bull resting at Seefs pan
  • A breeding heard of about twenty buffalos feeding at EP Shirlys Cutline
  • One lioness of the Nkuhuma pride resting on Old Borehole Road
  • Three elephants feeding west on A Main
  • A small breeding herd of about 12 buffaloes feeding on Robsons boundary
     
Saturday,24 March 2018
(34ºC, 25mm rain)
 
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Ring West
  • A breeding heard of about ten elephants walking east over MMM South
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Robsons boundary
  • One Buffalo bull resting on Rhino Ring West
  • A breeding heard of about ten Elephants walking South over Makulu Open area
  • One lioness of the Nkuhuma pride resting at 2nd Windmill
  • Xidulu the female leopard drinking water at Pommies Pan
  • A pack of 8 wild dogs resting on One Eye Pan open area

    Hyena chased by Nkuhuma female lion – Gerrit Ackerman

     
Sunday,25 March 2018
(34ºC)
 
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephant feeding on MMM South
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Airport Link Road
  • A pack of 8 wild dogs hunting and killing an impala south of Seefs Pan Road
  • Tsalala pride of lions resting on EP open area
  • Tsalala pride of lions resting at Bushcamp East
  • A breeding heard of about 12 elephants drinking water at Tamboti Open Area