Big 5 Sightings 16 to 22 October 2017

The highlight of the week was to see the elusive pangolin!  Pangolin sightings are not very common in our area and therefore these sightings are very special!

Pangolin – Morné Fouché

Monday, 16 October 2017
(36ºC)

  • Two Birmingham male lions, five lionesses and nine cubs of the Nkuhuma pride of lions
  • feeding on the giraffe kill on Madash Road
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants drinking water on EP open area
  • A pack of eight wild dogs resting on Lucas open area
  • Fifteen buffalo bulls feeding on A-Main Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants drinking water at Picanini Pan
  • Ingrid’s Dam, the young female leopard, stalking impalas on Wetpatch Road
  • One Pangolin foraging on Maraken Drive

 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017
(35ºC)

  • Three Birmingham male lions, two lionesses and two cubs of the Nkuhuma pride resting on Rhulani Road
  • Three lionesses and seven cubs of the Nkuhuma pride resting on Madash Road
  • Eight wild dogs hunting impalas close to Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants drinking water at Kraaines Pan
  • One buffalo bull resting on Sixes Road

 

Wednesday, 18 October 2017
(32ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants drinking water at Rampan
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Ximungwe Road
  • Three Birmingham male lions and the Nkuhuma pride resting on Rhino Ring West
  • Young Ingrid’s Dam female leopard, feeding on an impala kill on Rhino Ring North
  • Moya, the female leopard, resting in a tree on Kudu Drift
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting in a tree on Rhino Ring West
  • Moya, the female leopard’s daughter resting on A-Main
  • Four buffalo bulls resting on Simbambili firebreak

 

Wild Dogs – Dawie Jacobs

Thursday, 19 October 2017
(36ºC)

  • Four buffalo bulls resting on Ellie Carcass Road
  • Young Ingrid’s Dam female leopard still feeding on her impala kill
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Robson’s boundary
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on A-Main Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on EP open area
  • One Birmingham male lion, three lionesses and ten cubs of the Styx pride resting at Mhisi Mati
  • Shadow, the female leopard, scent marking around Baboon Pan

 

Friday, 20 October 2017
(31ºC)

  • Moya, the female leopard’s daughter, resting on Milkberry Road
  • Seven buffalo bulls drinking water at Serengeti Pan
  • Two Birmingham male lions, five lionesses and nine cubs drinking water at Big Dam
  • Nsele, the female leopard resting on Robson’s boundary
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on A-Main
  • Young Ingrid’s Dam female leopard finishing the remains of the impala kill on Rhino Ring North
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Rocky Road
  • A pack of five wild dogs running west on A-Main

 

Saturday, 21 October 2017
(28ºC)

  • Four buffalo bulls feeding on Ekiso Road
  • Two Birmingham male lions, five lionesses and eight cubs resting on Mfezi Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Rhino Ring West
  • Tiyani, the female leopard scent marking on Sawmill Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on A-main
  • One pangolin foraging on Road 7

Tingana the male leopard – Dawie Jacobs

 

Sunday, 22 October 2017
(36ºC)

  • One Birmingham male lion, five lionesses and eight cubs resting on Sawmill Road
  • One buffalo bull resting on Rhino Ring North
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Rhino Ring North
  • Four buffalo bulls resting on A-Main
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, with a duiker kill on Simbambili firebreak
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Francolin Road
  • Hosana and Tingana, the male leopards with an impala kill north of Treehouse Pan
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Big 5 Sightings 09 to 15 October 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was the two male cheetah’s who came to surprise us on Gowrie Main.

Two male cheetahs – Dawie Jacobs

Monday, 9 October 2017
(29ºC, 28mm rain)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, moving east from EP airstrip
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Leopard Drift
  • Another breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding at Big Dam
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Wetpatch Road
  • Anderson, the male leopard, resting on A-Main Road

Tuesday, 10 October 2017
(29ºC)

  • Three lionesses from the Nkuhuma lion pride resting with their six cubs and two Birmingham males east of Boundary Pan
  • Ingrid Dam, the female leopard, feeding on an impala kill on Marula Bult Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on A-Main road

Wednesday, 11 October 2017
(26ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Ekiso Road
  • Ingrid Dam, the female leopard, feeding on her impala kill on Marula Bult Road
  • Three lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with six cubs and two Birmingham male lions on Simbambili Firebreak
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, feeding on an impala kill on Wetpatch open area
  • Seven members from the Tsalala lion pride feeding on a buffalo kill on Puff Adder Road
  • Ten buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Ring West
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Shirley’s Crossing

Ingrid Dam, the female leopard – Louis Liversage

Thursday, 12 October 2017
(33ºC)

  • Anderson, the male leopard, feeding on a warthog kill at Pungwe Island Crossing
  • Seven members from the Tsalala lion pride resting on Sixes Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Horseshoe West
  • Four buffalo bulls feeding on Madash Road
  • Ingrid Dam, the female leopard, moving south from EP/Shirley’s cutline

Friday, 13 October 2017
(30ºC)

  • Anderson, the male leopard, feeding on a warthog kill on Pungwe Island Crossing
  • Six buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Ring South
  • One elephant bull feeding on Saseka Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on MMM North

Saturday, 14 October 2017
(28ºC)

  • Three lionesses from the Styx lion pride resting with ten cubs south of Wessels Camp
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, moving south from EP Lodge
  • Ten buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Ring West

Buffalo bull – Louis Liversage

Sunday, 15 October 2017
(29ºC)

  • Ten buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Ring West
  • Three lionesses from the Nkuhuma lion pride feeding on a giraffe kill with six cubs and two Birmingham male lions on Madash Road
  • Two male cheetahs resting on Gowrie Main
  • Tingana, the male leopard, moving south from MMM South
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at EP Manyeleti Crossing
  • Three buffalo bulls feeding at Grissly Bear Crossing
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Big 5 Sightings 25 September to 01 October 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see Tingana, the male leopard, mating with Kuchava, the female leopard, at Linda’s Dam

Tingana, the male leopard, mating with Kuchava, the female leopard – Morné Fouché

Monday, 25 September 2017
(35ºC)

  • Moya, the female leopard, resting with her cub at Serengeti Pan
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on A-main
  • Two elephant bulls feeding at Nyati-Bamba Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Shirley’s open area
  • A pack of about 13 wild dogs paying at Pungwe Crossing

Tuesday, 26 September 2017
(33, 20mmºC)

  • Ingrid dam, the young female leopard, resting with her impala kill at Seepline Road
  • Anderson, the female leopard, mating with Moya, the female leopard, at Puff Adder Road
  • A breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding at Guarri Central Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Kimbian’s Crossing
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Rhulani Road
  • Two lionesses from the Styx pride resting with six cubs and one Birmingham male lion at Ingwe Pan
  • Shadow, the female leopard, walking east of Safari/Simbambili Cutline
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Ingwe Pan

One Buffalo – Gerrit Ackerman

Wednesday, 27 September 2017
(30ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Seepline Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Kuala Bear Road
  • Two members from the Styx pride resting with their six cubs at Buff Pan
  • Anderson, the male leopard, resting at Our Father Crossing
  • Six buffalo bulls feeding at Rocky Road

Thursday, 28 September 2017
(21ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, hunting a scrubhare on Josie Road
  • Two elephant bulls feeding at Tamboti Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Leeukuil Pan
  • Kuchava, the female leopard, feeding on her duiker kill at Chitwa driveway
  • Another breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding on A-main
  • Another breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding at Ngala open area

Friday, 29 September 2017
(33ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding at 1st Windmill
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Nyala Crossing
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, resting at Ngala open area
  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting with their six cubs on Tsololo Road

Elephants drinking water – Gerrit Ackerman-

Saturday, 30 September 2017
(28ºC)

  • Tingana, the female leopard, mating with Kuchava, the female leopard, at Linda’s Dam
  • Hosana, the male leopard, moving north from Treehouse Pan with Thandi, the female leopard, following close by
  • Three lionesses from the Styx pride resting at Wessels Old driveway
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding south of Gowrie Main

Sunday, 1 October 2017
(30ºC)

  • Hosana, the male leopard, moving north from Baboon Pan with Thandi, the female leopard following close by
  • Three Birmingham male lions moving east from MMM South
  • Ingrid Dam, the female leopard, resting in Broken Dam
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Leadwood Road

 

 

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Big 5 Sightings 18 to 24 September 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see how gentle the Styx pride lioness when she carried her tiny cubs in her mouth to a new den.

One Styx lioness carying one of her cubs – Morné Fouché

Monday, 18 September 2017
(28ºC)

  • Moya the female leopard walking with her cub along Serengeti Pan
  • Four lionesses of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Horse Shoe open area
  • One elephant bull feeding at Southern Fork road
  • The young Ingrid Dam female leopard resting at Eagle Own crossing
  • Mvula the male leopard resting at Boundary Pan
  • Ten members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions walking along Madash road
  • Two elephant bulls feeding at East Bank Manyaleti

Tuesday, 19 September 2017
(32ºC)

  • Moya the female leopard feeding on an impala with her cub on Saseka road
  • The young Ingrid Dam female leopard resting with her duiker kill in a tree at Eagle own crossing
  • Four buffalo bulls walking along Puffadder rod
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding at EP open area
  • Ten members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions feeding an Impala kill at
    Pungwe crossing

Wednesday, 20 September 2017
(32ºC)

  • Moya the female leopard playing with her cub at Saseka road
  • Ingrid Dam the young female leopard walking along Eagle own crossing to the South
  • One male lion of the Birmingham coalition resting at Misti Mati
  • Ingrid Dam the young female leopard walking along Pumphouse road
  • A breeding herds of about ten elephants feeding at Wessels kaya

One Wild dog – Dawie Lombard

Thursday, 21 September 2017
(32ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard scent marking on Mabuza Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Nyati Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Pungwe Island
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Eastern Bank Manyeleti

Friday, 22 September 2017
(29ºC)

  • Eight members of the Styx lion pride resting on Ingwe open area
  • One lioness of the Styx pride moving her cubs to a new den in the Mholewati
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Zebra Drive
  • Six buffalo bulls feeding on Puff adder Road
  • Moya, the female leopard’s cub in a tree at Serengeti Dam with a duiker kill

Saturday, 23 September 2017
(24ºC)

  • Moya, the female leopard’s cub resting at Serengeti Dam
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking water at Rhino Pan
  • Two Birmingham male lions resting in the Mholewati
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Little Gowrie driveway
  • A pack of twelve wild dogs moving east on Southern Fork
  • One elephant bull feeding on A-main Road

Styx lion pride playing in a Maroela tree – Dawie Lombard

Sunday, 24 September 2017
(25ºC)

  • Anderson, the male leopard and Moya,the female leopard moving south over Milkberry Road
  • Nine members of the Styx lion pride walking west on Seepline Road
  • Thandi, the female leopard feeding on a duiker kill on One Eye Pan Road
  • One wild dog running west on Central Road
  • One wild dog running west on Simbambili firebreak

 

 

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Big 5 Sightings 11 to 17 September 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was One of the Ximhungwe lionesses being chased of her impala kill by a pack of hyenas at Picanini Utah pan

Ximhungwe lioness in tree – Dawie Jacobs

Monday, 11 September 2017
(38ºC)

  • A breeding herd of thirty elephants feeding on Francolin road
  • One lioness of the Ximhungwe pride resting at Morningside
  • Tiyani the female leopard, drinking water at Rampan
  • Another breeding herd of twenty elephants feeding on Ximhungwe road

Tuesday, 12 September 2017
(36ºC)

  • The young Ingrid dam female resting at Broken Dam
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Shirley`s Open area
  • Tiyani the female leopard, drinking water at EP open area
  • Another breeding herd of elephants feeding around Leeukuil
  • One of the Ximhungwe lionesses moving east from Phungwe pan

Wednesday, 13 September 2017
(40ºC)

  • The Young Ingrid Dam female leopard feeding on her duiker kill on Seepline road
  • One of the Ximhungwe lionesses being chased of her impala kill by a pack of hyenas at Picanini Utah pan
  • A breeding herd of fifteen elephants feeding around Old bushcamp
  • Eight members of the Styx pride walking over Mhisi Mati open area
  • Another breeding herd of ten elephants drinking water at EP open area
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Sawmill road


Thursday, 14 September 2017
(34ºC)

  • Six members of the Styx lion pride resting north of Wessel`s camp
  • One Birmingham male lion resting south of Wessel`s camp
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Nyati Bamba road
  • Three members of the Styx lion pride hunting a warthog on Airport Link
  • Shadow the female leopard, moving north from Lost Track
  • The young Ingrid dam female, finishing her duiker kill south of Seepline
  • A breeding herd of ten elephants feeding on Rhino Ring North

Friday, 15 September 2017
(30ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Wetpatch road
  • One elephant bull feeding on Rhulani road
  • Hosana, the male leopard, resting west of Treehouse Pan
  • Tingana, the male leopard mating with Kichava the female leopard, around Hamerkop Nest road
  • Nine members of the Styx lion pride and one Birmingham male lion resting at Ingwe pan
  • A breeding herd of ten elephants feeding north of Treehouse Pan

Saturday, 16 September 2017
(37ºC)

  • A breeding herd of twenty elephants feeding on A-Main
  • Two elephant bulls drinking water at EP open area
  • Mvula the male leopard, chasing a unknown male leopard away from his kill around Methlowani open area
  • The young Ingrid dam female leopard feeding on her impala kill south of 2nd Windmill
  • Mvula the male leopard, resting on Methluane open area
  • Another breeding herd of about forty elephants drinking water at Leeukuil

Tiyani the female leopard – Dawie Jacobs

Sunday,17 September 2017
(23ºC)

  • Eight members of the Styx lion pride feeding on their waterbuck kill on Chitwa open area
  • The Young Ingrid dam female resting on Eastern Bank Marikeng
  • Two of the Birmingham male lions and ten of the Nkuhuma pride moving west from Parallel Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on EP open area

 

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Big 5 Sightings 04 to 10 September 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was Tiyani, the female leopard feeding on her impala kill on Madash Road

Tiyani, the female leopard – Dawie Jacobs

Monday, 4 September 2017
(30ºC)

  • Five buffalo bulls resting on Star Chestnut Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard still feeding on her impala kill on Madash Road
  • Two Birmingham male lions resting at Treehouse Crossing
  • Thandi the female leopard stalking impalas on Road 47
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding at Treehouse Pan

 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017
(33ºC)

  • Anderson, the male leopard, resting on Kuala Bear Road
  • Moya, the female leopard and her cub chased away by Anderson, the male leopard, on Kudu Drift
  • Young Ingrid Dam, the female leopard, resting at Big Dam

 

Wednesday, 6 September 2017
(37ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Shirley’s open area
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Ntoma Crossing
  • Young Ingrid Dam, the female leopard, resting at Red Dam
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at One Eye Pan
  • Two lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting at Jaggie Pan
  • Young Ingrid Dam, the female leopard, feeding on a scrub hare kill on Tjololo Road
  • Mvula, the male leopard, resting on MMM North
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants drinking water at Morning Side Pan

Fiery-necked Nightjar – Dawie Jacobs

 

Thursday, 7 September 2017
(36ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, walking along Leeukuil Pan
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants drinking water at EP open area
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Bushcamp East
  • Tingana, the male leopard, moving west in Marakeng
  • Mvula, the male leopard, moving south from Rhulani Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Serengeti Crossing

 

Friday, 8 September 2017
(35ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, moving east from Bushcamp East
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking water at EP open area
  • Three lionesses from the Styx pride resting at Boer Bean Pan
  • Two Birmingham male lions resting White Cloth open area
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Rampan

 

Saturday, 9 September 2017
(36ºC)

  • Young Ingrid Dam, the female leopard, resting on Seef’s Pan Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Sixteen Crossing Road
  • Anderson the male leopard mating with Moya the female leopard, on Kuala Bear Road
  • Mvula the male leopard, feeding on the young Ingrid Dam female`s kill at Safari Dam
  • Moya`s young female leopard cub, resting at Bigdam

Verraux Eagle-owl – Dawie Jacobs

 

Sunday, 10 September 2017
(35ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, resting on Pungwe Island
  • Anderson the male leopard mating with Moya the female leopard, on Kuala Bear Road
  • Seven members of the Styx pride and three Birmingham male lions resting at Mhisi Mati
  • Moya the female leopard`s cub moving east from the Rocks

 

 

 

 

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