Big 5 Sightings 11 – 17 December 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to witness the spectacular interaction between a pack of wild dogs and the resident hyena clan
 

A pack of Wild dogs and the resident Hyena clan – Morné Fouché

Monday, 11 December 2017
(28ºC)

  • Hosana, the young male leopard and Kuchava, the female leopard having a standoff on One Eye Pan Road
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions still feeding on the two buffalo kills on Methlowani open area
  • A breeding herd of about sixty elephants feeding on Gowrie Main
  • Ten cubs of the Styx pride of lions resting on MMM South
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Xinzele Road
     
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
(27ºC, 13mm)
 
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions still feeding on the two buffalo kills around Methlowani open area
  • Ingrid Dam female leopard and her cub resting in a Marula tree on Sixes Road
  • Six buffalo bulls resting close to Serengeti/Manyeleti Crossing
  • One lioness and six cubs of the Styx pride of lions resting on Gowrie Main
  • A breeding herd of about 100 buffaloes resting at Simbambili Dam

 

Wednesday, 13 December 2017
(27ºC, 1.5mm rain)

  • Eleven wild dogs having a stand off with ten hyenas on Shirley’s Crossing Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on MMM North Road
  • A breeding herd of about 100 buffaloes feeding on One Eye Pan Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Seepline Road
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Methlowani Road

    An Elephant eye – Morné Fouché

     

Thursday, 14 December 2017
(29ºC)

  • Two Birmingham male lions drinking water at Baboon Pan
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Marula Bult South
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Serengeti open area
  • One elephants bull feeding on Wetpatch Road
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on One Eye Pan open area
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Eastern Bank Manyeleti
  • The young Ingrid Dam female leopard resting at 2nd Windmill Pan
     
Friday, 15 December 2017
(27ºC)
 
  • One elephant bull feeding on Shirley’s open area
  • Moya, the female leopard resting on a termite hill on A-main Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on A-main Road
  • A pack of ten wild dogs resting on Little Gowrie/ Hoffman cutline
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Zebra Drive
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on A-main Road
     
Saturday, 16 December 2017
(28ºC)
 
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting in a marula tree on EP Grasscut Road
  • A bachelor herd of about ten buffalo bulls feeding on Old Mhisi Kaya Road
  • Another bachelor herd of about six buffalo bulls feeding on Simbambili firebreak
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding drinking water at Rampan
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Simbambili firebreak

    One male lion – Morné Fouché

     

Sunday, 17 December 2017
(30ºC)
 
  • The young Ingrid Dam female leopard drinking water at Pommies Pan
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Drongo South Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on 1st Windmill Road
  • Ten buffalo bulls resting on Rhino Pan Road
  • The Tsalala pride of lions resting at Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Seepline Road
     

 

 

 

 

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Big 5 Sightings 03 to 10 December 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see Hosana, the young male leopard, stalking a hyena around Wessels Old Driveway.
 

Hosana stalking a hyena – Dawie Jacobs

Monday, 4 December 2017
(37ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, resting on the northern side of EP airstrip
  • Young Ingrid’s Dam female leopard with a duiker kill in a marula tree on Madash/16th Crossing junction
  • One elephant bull feeding on EP driveway
  • Fourteen buffalo bulls feeding on A-Main
  • A small breeding herd of about five elephants feeding around Land Cruiser Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on EP floodplains

Tuesday, 5 December 2017
(30ºC)

  • Young Ingrid’s Dam female leopard still with her duiker kill on Madash/16th Crossing junction
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants playing in the mud at Baboon Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on White Cloth open area
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding close to Leeukuil Pan
  • Four buffalo bulls resting at the water at Kraaines Pan
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Rhino Ring West
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on EP driveway

Wednesday, 6 December 2017
(26ºC)

  • The Nkuhuma lion pride and one Birmingham male lion resting north of Rhino Ring South
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding on Leopard Drift Road
  • Six buffalo bulls feeding on A-Main Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on Rhino Ring West
  • Young Ingrid’s Dam female leopard and an unknown male leopard with an impala kill on Safari Donga North
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Safari driveway
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Rhino Ring West

Tsalala pride quenching their thirst – Gerrit Ackerman

Thursday, 7 December 2017
(29ºC)

  • The Nkuhuma lion pride resting on Methlowani open area
  • One elephant bull feeding on Shortcut Wetpatch
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Madash Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Ngala open area
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding on Robson’s boundary

Friday, 8 December 2017
(28ºC)

  • Three lionesses of the Styx pride resting on Seepline Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, stalking impala on Rhulani Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Wetpatch Road
  • Six buffalo bulls resting on Puffadder Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Gowrie Main
  • Four big elephant bulls drinking water at Paul’s Kaya
  • Shadow, the female leopard, and her cub feeding on a juvenile impala kill close to Paul’s Kaya
  • Eleven wild dogs resting on Hoffman/Little Gowrie cutline

Saturday, 9 December 2017
(29ºC)

  • Two Matimba male lions resting on EP airstrip
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, killing and eating a squirrel on Sawmill open area
  • Old Ingrid’s Dam female leopard with an impala kill on Sixes Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Seepline Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on MMM South
  • Six buffalo bulls feeding on Sawmill Road
  • Five buffalo bulls feeding on Kuala Bear Road
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Pan Road

Elephants and a leopard drinking water-Morné Fouché

Sunday, 10 December 2017
(26ºC)

  • The Nkuhuma lion pride with two buffalo kills close to Methlowani open area
  • One elephant bull feeding around Pungwe Island Crossing
  • Four buffalo bulls resting on Rhino Pan Road
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Rhino Ring West
  • Old Ingrid’s Dam female leopard and her cub still feeding on the impala kill on Sixes road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Rhino Ring North
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Big 5 Sightings 20 to 26 November 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see the mating lions

One male and female lion resting – Morné Fouché

Monday, 20 November 2017
(34ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting on Ximungwe Road
  • All the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Rhulani Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Rhulani Road
  • Another breeding herd of about seven elephants feeding on EP open area
  • Three buffalo bulls resting on Milkberry Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding around Shirley’s Crossing
  • Six buffalo bulls resting in the water at Serengeti Pan

Tuesday, 21 November 2017
(39ºC)

  • Two Birmingham male lions, three lionesses and six cubs of the Nkuhuma pride resting on MMM North
  • Eleven wild dogs resting at Kraaines Pan
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on our southern boundary
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting around Scops Owl Crossing
  • Two lionesses and two cubs of the Nkuhuma pride resting on Rhulani Road
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding at EP/Manyeleti Crossing
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding on Sixes Road
  • Six buffalo bulls drinking water at Rhino Pan

 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017
38ºC)

  • One lioness of the Tsalala pride mating with one of the Birmingham male lions at Big Dam
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on EP open area
  • Tiyani, the female leopard hunting and killing a scrub hare at Kraaines Pan
  • One elephant bull feeding close to Kraaines Pan
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeing on Rhino Ring East
  • Another breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding on Madash Road
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding on A-main

Hyenas playing outside our Hyena den – Morné Fouché

Thursday, 23 November 2017
(28ºC)

  • One lioness of the Tsalala pride hunting and killing a juvenile impala
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on A-main
  • One buffalo bull feeding on A-main
  • Two buffalo bulls resting in a mudwallow on EP open area
  • Kuchava, the young leopard female feeding on a juvenile impala kill
  • Shadow, the female leopard and Thandi, the female leopard having a standoff at Treehouse Pan

Friday, 24 November 2017
(27ºC)

  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Robsons boundary
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting on Ximungwe Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Rhino Ring North
  • Four buffalo bulls resting on A-main
  • One lioness of the Nkuhuma pride walking north on Marula Bult Road
  • Two Birmingham male lions resting on Rhulani Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Road 7

Saturday, 25 November 2017
(25ºC, 25 mm rain)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard scent marking around EP/Shirley’s cutline
  • The young Ingrid Dam female leopard resting on 1st Windmill Road
  • The daughter of Nsele the female leopard resting on Robsons boundary
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding on Wetpatch Road

One male lion – Morné Fouché

Sunday, 26 November 2017
(27ºC)

  • Tiyani the female leopard feeding on a young Impala kill at Pungwe Crossing
  • The young Ingrid Dam female leopard walking along Madash Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on Wetpatch Road
  • One unknown male leopard walking along Second Windmill Road
  • Tiyani the female leopard resting at EP/Simbambili Cutline Road

 

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Big 5 Sightings 13 to 19 November 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see Tiyani, the female leopard in a tree with her Bushbuck kill just outside our camp in front of one of the rooms.

Tiyani, the female leopard with a Steenbuck kill – Gerrit Ackerman

Monday, 13 November 2017
(26ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Rhino Midden Road
  • Two unknown lionesses and one male lion resting at Rhino Pan
  • Hosana, the male leopard, still feeding on his impala kill on Little Gowrie/Hoffman’s Cutline
  • One Birmingham male lion moving east from One Eye Pan
  • Six buffalo bulls resting at Kudu Drift
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, resting just east of Rhulani Road
  • Two buffalo bulls moving south from Leadwood Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Seef’s Pan

 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017
(35ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Milkberry Road
  • Eight buffalo bulls drinking water at Serengeti Pan
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding on Shirley’s Crossing Road
  • Two Unknown lionesses and one male lion resting at Rhino Pan
  • Ingrid Dam, the female leopard, resting up in tree on Madash Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants drinking water at Serengeti Pan

Young Ingrid Dam femal leopard – Gerrit Ackerman

 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017
(23ºC, 30mm rain)

  • A bachelor herd of 10 buffalo bulls feeding south on A-main Road
  • A breeding herd of about 10 elephants feeding close to Zimba Bridge
  • Three lionesses and one cub of the Tsalala pride resting on Shirley’s Crossing Road
  • Two Birmingham male lions resting on Guarri Central Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard with a bushbuck kill in a tree in front of the lodge
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Leopard Drift Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 10 elephants feeding around Serengeti Crossing

 

Thursday, 16 November 2017
(24ºC)

  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on the northern side of Ngala open area
  • Three lionesses and one cub of the Tsalala pride feeding on a kudu kill on Robson’s boundary.
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Rocky Road
  • Five buffalo bulls resting on our Southern boundary
  • A breeding herd of about 10 elephants feeding on Rocky Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding on Methlowani Road
  • Another breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding close to Treehouse Pan Crossing
  • All the members of the Styx pride of lions resting on Little Gowrie driveway
  • Hosana, the young male leopard with a impala kill on Wessels old driveway

 

Friday, 17 November 2017
(28ºC)

  • Hosana the young male leopard feeding on his impala kill on Little Gowrie driveway.
  • One elephant bull feeding at Baboon Pan.
  • Three lionesses and 10 cubs of the Styx pride resting on new Little Gowrie driveway
  • The young Ingrid Dam leopard female resting on EP/Shirley’s Cutline
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Pommies Pan.
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Ximungwe Road.
  • A breeding herd of elephants of about 15 feeding at Eagle Owl Crossing.
  • Three lionesses and a cub of the Tsalala lion pride resting on Robsons boundary
  • One pangolin foraging just south of Boundary Pan.

 

Saturday, 18 November 2017
(30ºC)

  • Three lionesses and their cub of the Tsalala pride resting at Poachers corner.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Pommies Pan.
  • Six wild dogs running along MMM north.
  • A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Madsh Road.
  • A breeding herd of about 10 feeding on A-main.
  • Abreeding herd of about 10 feeding on EP open.
  • Five buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Pan Road.
  • Young Ingrid dam female leopard resting on Wetpatch Road.

Hosana male leopard with a Impala kill – Gerrit Ackerman

 

Sunday, 19 November 2017
(32ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding in the Rhino ring block.
  • The young Ingrid dam female leopard resting at EP/Shirley’s Crossing.
  • Hossana the young male leopard resting with his impala kill on Little Gowrie driveway.
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on EP open area.
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Milkberry Road.

 

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Big 5 Sightings 06 to 13 November 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see Hosana, the male leopard, feeding on an impala kill on Little Gowrie/Hoffman’s Cutline

Hosana, the male Leopard – Dawie Lombard

Monday, 6 November 2017
(38ºC)

  • Hosana, the male leopard, hunting impalas at Baboon Pan
  • One Birmingham male lion resting north of Wessels camp
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, hunting Nyala’s on Rhino Ring North
  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting on Shimboma Road
  • One elephant bull moving north on Bushcamp East
  • Another elephant bull feeding on Mhisi Kaya Road

Tuesday, 7 November 2017
(34ºC)

  • Six buffalo bulls resting on Nyati Bamba Road
  • Two unknown lionesses and one male lion feeding on a Kudu kill at Picanini Utah
  • Nsele, the female leopard, moving south from Picanini Utah Boundary
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking water at Big Dam

Wednesday, 8 November 2017
(25ºC)

  • Six buffalo bulls resting on Nyati Bamba Road
  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with their eight cubs on Pump Track Road
  • Two unknown lionesses and one male lion feeding on a kudu kill on Picanini Utah
  • Hosana, the male leopard, resting south of Baboon Pan
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Big Dam

Hyena’s on a stolen kill – Dawie Lombard

Thursday, 9 November 2017
(28ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, moving south from EP Manyeleti Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants drinking water at EP open area
  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with their eight cubs on Wetpatch Road
  • Six buffalo bulls feeding on Puff Adder Road
  • Ingrid Dam, the female leopard, resting on Madash Road

Friday, 10 November 2017
(26ºC, 6mm)

  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Mhisi Kaya Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at EP Manyeleti Crossing
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, moving north from Nyati Road
  • One pangolin moving west from Madash Road
  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with their eight cubs on Simbambili open area
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Old Mhisi Kaya Road

Saturday, 11 November 2017
(24ºC, 4mm)

  • A pack of seven wild dogs hunting impala’s on Simbambili open area
  • Anderson, the male leopard, resting at Pungwe Pan
  • One lioness from the Nkuhuma pride resting with two cubs at Simbambili Dam
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, moving west from Horseshoe West
  • Three lionesses from the Tsalala pride resting with one cub on Our Southern Boundary
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Punphouse Road

The Ingrid dam female leopard in a tree – Dawie Lombard

Sunday, 12 November 2017
(27ºC)

  • Ingrid Dam, the female leopard, resting on Seepline Road
  • Four buffalo bulls resting at Kimbians Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about five elephants feeding on Our Southern Boundary
  • Another breeding herd of about five elephants drinking water at Rhino Pan
  • One buffalo bull drinking water at Rhino Pan
  • Hosana, the male leopard, feeding on an impala kill on Little Gowrie/Hoffman’s Cutline
  • One Birmingham male lion resting on White Cloth open area
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Kudu Drift

 

 

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Big 5 Sightings 30 October to 05 November 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see the Nkuhuma lion pride having a stand off with a buffalo bull at Picanini Utah Pan

Nkuhuma pride having a drink – Dawie Jocobs

Monday, 30 October 2017
(29ºC, 2mm)

  • A pack of eight wild dogs resting on Sawmill Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Ekiso Road
  • Six buffalo bulls feeding at Ekiso Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Rhino Pan
  • Thamba, the male leopard, resting at Chitwa Dam
  • Four members from the Tsalala pride resting at Grissly Bear Crossing

Tuesday, 31 October 2017
(31ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, moving north from Shortcut to Wetpatch
  • Four members from the Tsalala pride resting at Grissly Bear Crossing
  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with their six cubs on EP/Shirley’s cutline
  • Four buffalo bulls resting south of Grissly Bear Crossing
  • Five buffalo bulls feeding at EP/Manyaleti Crossing

Wednesday, 1 November 2017
(33ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on A-main
  • Six members from the Nkuhuma pride moving south on Kuala Bear Road
  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with one Birmingham male lion on Mamba Road
  • One pangolin feeding on Shumunge Road
  • Five buffalo bulls moving west on Rhino Pan Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Nyala Crossing

Southern yellow-billed hornbill – Dawie Jacobs

Thursday, 2 November 2017
(34ºC)

  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride hunting a buffalo bull with one Birmingham male lion at Picanini Utah Pan
  • Fifteen buffalo bulls feeding on Shirley’s Crossing
  • Hosana, the young male leopard, resting at Treehouse Pan
  • Ingrid Dam, the female leopard, resting at Simbambili Dam
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding around Ingwe Pan

Friday, 3 November 2017
(36ºC)

  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride drinking with their six cubs at Picanini Utah Pan
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Ekiso Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, walking east along Robson’s Boundary
  • Five buffalo bulls feeding on Sixes Road
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding on Nyati Road

Saturday, 4 November 2017
(34ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, drinking water at EP open area
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Shirley’s Crossing
  • Five buffalo bulls feeding at Shirley’s Crossing
  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with their eight cubs on Guarri Central Road

Young Ingrid dam female resting in a tree – Dawie Jacobs

Sunday, 5 November 2017
(30ºC)

  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with their eight cubs on Bushcamp West
  • Five buffalo bulls feeding at EP/Shirley’s cutline
  • A breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding at Buff Pan
  • One female elephant feeding her calf at Central Road

 

 

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