Big 5 Sightings 13 to 19 May 2019

  • The highlight of the week was Hukumuri, the male leopard trying to defend his impala kill from two Hyenas
Photo by Dawie Lombard

Monday, 13 May 2019 (28ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard resting on Leopard Drift Road
  • Xidulu, the female leopard walking along Safari Central Road
  • One wild dog resting at Simbambili EP Cutline
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, and her cub resting at EP Driveway
  • One buffalo bull walking at Pungwe Island Crossing
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Our Fathers Crossing
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard losing his impala kill to hyenas at Arathusa Airstrip

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 (29ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, resting at Boundary Pan
  • Young Ingrid Dam, the female leopard, walking across Puffadder Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants walking on Star Chest-Nut Road
  • Xidulu, the female leopard, walking at Rhulani Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Londolozi Boundary
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, resting with his impala kill at Boundary Pan
  • Three elephant bulls feeding at EP Open Area
  • A breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding at Matandaluka Pan
  • Three buffalo bulls resting at Rhino Pan

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 (30ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, resting with her cub at Kimbions Crossing
  • A pride of six lions resting at Ngala Open
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, still resting with his impala kill at Boundary Pan
  • One male cheetah resting at Grass Cut Road
  • A pack of ten wild dogs playing at Rhino Pan
  • A breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding at Mamba Road
  • Six members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions feeding on their kudu kill at Ngala Open
Photo by Dawie Lombard

Thursday, 16 May 2019 (30ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, resting with his impala kill at Boudary Pan
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, resting with her cub at Kimbions Crossing
  • Six members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Rhulani Road
  • Four members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Rhino Pan Road
  • Tiyani the female leopard and her cub feeding on a steenbok kill at Kimbions Crossing
  • Two buffalo bulls resting at EP Airstrip
  • Two young male lions resting at Rhino Pan
  • One elephant bull feeding at Simbambili Driveway

Friday, 17 May 2019 (28ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, resting with his impala kill at Boundary Pan
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, and her cub walking along EP Open Area
  • Four elephant bulls feeding at Kudu Drift Road
  • One buffalo bull resting at Bush Camp East
  • A breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding at Broken Dam
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Pungwe Island
  • One male cheetah resting at Gatiep’s Dam Wall

Saturday, 18 May 2019 (31ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, and her cub resting at Shirley’s Crossing
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, walking along Puffadder Road
  • Xidulu, the female leopard, resting with her cub at Boundary Pan
  • Hosanna, the male leopard, walking along Londolozi Boundary
Photo by Dawie Lombard

Sunday, 19 May 2019 (30ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, and her cub feeding on their impala kill at Shumungwe Road
  • Two Avoca male lions resting at Simbambili Firebreak Road
  • Seven members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at EP Open Area
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, resting with her cub at Shirley’s Crossing

Big 5 Sightings 06 to 12 May 2019

  • The highlight of the week was Moya, the female leopard killing the one of the cubs of Xidulu, the female leopard.
Photo by Gerhard v/d Westhuizen

Monday, 06 May 2019 (30ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting at KBR Road
  • One lioness resting at Big Dam
  • One male lion walking along Leopard Drift Road
  • One elephant bull drinking water at Mamba Road
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Serengeti Open

Tuesday, 07 May 2019 (30ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub resting at Pungwe Island Crossing
  • Two lionesses of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about forty buffalos feeding at Kudu Drift

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 (30ºC)

  • Three elephant bulls feeding at Madash Road
  • Moya, the female leopard walking along Madash Road
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking along Elephant Carcass Road
  • Xidulu, the female leopard resting with her two cubs at Marakeni Donga
  • A breeding herd of about forty buffalos feeding at Broken Dam
  • Xidulu, the female leopard resting at Pommies Pan
  • and her cub being chased off their impala kill by two hyenas at Tamboti Crossing and then joined by Hukumuri the male leopard
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Thursday, 09 May 2019 (33ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub resting at EP Driveway
  • One elephant bull walking along Pungwe Island
  • Another elephant bull feeding at Big Dam
  • Four members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Pungwe Open
  • Tiyani, the female leopard hunting impala on EP Airstrip
  • Tiyani, the female leopard’s cub hiding away on Mabuza Road

Friday, 10 May 2019 (33ºC)

  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her two cubs walking along Safari Track South bumping into Moya, the female leopard who killed one of the cubs
  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub playing at EP Driveway
  • The cub of Ingrid Dam, the female leopard resting on a termite mound on Mamba Road
  • Xidulu, the female leopard resting with the carcass of her dead cub on 15th Crossing Road
  • Four members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on EP Open

Saturday, 11 May 2019 (30ºC)

  • Two buffalo bulls feeding on Simbambili Firebreak
  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub playing on EP Driveway
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Simbambili Dam
  • Xidulu, the female leopard feeding on the carcass of her one cub while the other watches at 15th Crossing Road
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding at 1st Wind Mill Road
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions walking along Simbambili Dam Road

Sunday, 12 May 2019 (28ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard playing with her cub at EP Driveway
  • Two elephant bulls drinking water at Leeukuil Pan
  • Three members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Seepline Road
  • Another elephant bull walking along A-Main Road

Big 5 Sightings 29 April to 05 May 2019

  • The highlight of the week was the cub of Tiyani, the female leopard playing with a duiker kill
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Monday, 29 April 2019 (28ºC)

  • Moya, the female leopard mobile towards Boerbean Open
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard crossing over our Eastern Boundary
  • Tiyani, the female leopard with a fresh impala ram kill on Mabuza road
  • Two of the Avoca male lions resting with five of the Nkuhuma lionesses on Parallel North road
  • A breeding herd of about one hundred buffalo feeding in P.U

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 (28ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub feeding on their impala ram kill on Mabuza road
  • A lone buffalo bull drinking water at a mud wallow on Rhino Pan road
  • resting on Sawmill road
  • The Ingrid Dam young female leopard mobile along Puff Adder road
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her two cubs as well as Hukumuri, the male leopard resting with their impala kill on MMM South.
  • One bull elephant in musth feeding along A-main road
  •  Two side-stripped jackals foraging along Arathusa Airstrip

Wednesday, 01 May 2019 (30ºC)

  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her two cubs still feeding on their impala kill on MMM South with three hyena lirking around
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard resting with his impala kill also on MMM South.
  • One side-stripped jackal resting on Arathusa Airstrip
  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub resting at Gaby’s Cause-way
  • One unknown young male lion resting on firebreak
  • A breeding herd of about one hundred buffalo feeding on the Island loop
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants mobile along Firebreak
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Thursday, 02 May 2019 (32ºC)

  • One unknown young male lion mobile along Marula Built road
  • Five hyenas on an impala kill they had stolen from a female leopard
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard on a territorial patrol along Robson’s boundary
  • One elephant bull feeding at Old Borehole road
  • A breeding herd of about one hundred buffalo crossing over MMM North

Friday, 03 May 2019 (31ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub playing at Tamboti Crossing
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her two cubs mobile along 2nd Windmill Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding at Safari Donga North

Saturday, 04 May 2019 (34ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Bush Camp Pan
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking along Poachers Corner
  • A breeding herd of about twenty buffalo’s feeding at Rhino Pan Road
  • Moya, the female leopard resting at Land Cruiser Crossing
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting with her cub at Pungwe Island Crossing
  • One lioness resting at Big Dam
  • Another breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding at Track South
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Sunday, 05 May 2019 (31ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard feeding on her duiker kill with her cub at Jozi Road
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walkjing along Big Dam
  • A breeding herd of about forty elephants feeding at EP Open
  • One elephant bull feeding at Big Dam Link South
  • One lioness resting at Big Dam
  • Three buffalos resting at Tamboti Crossing
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard stalking impala at MMM South
  • The cub of Tiyani, the female leopard resting at Pungwe Island Crossing

Big 5 Sightings 22 to 28 April 2019

  • The highlight of the week was Hukumuri, the male leopard mating with Moya

Monday, 22 April 2019 (30ºC)

  • A pack of eight African wild dogs resting at Tree House Pan
  • Six members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Wet Patch Road
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her two cubs restring at Zebra Drive
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking along Londolozi Boundary
  • Six members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions feeding on their impala kill at Shumungwe Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard walking along Marula Build South

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 (31ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting with her one cub at Tamboti Crossing
  • Six members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Seefs Pan
  • at Ram Pan
  • Tiyani, the female leopard waling along Marula Build Road
  • feeding on his impala kill at Kudu Drift
  • Six members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions walking along Seefs Pan road
  • One African Wild Cat foraging on EP Airstrip
  • One elephant bull feeding at Kraaines Pan

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 (32ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard still feeding on his impala kill at Kudu Drift
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting with her one cub at Tamboti Crossing
  • Six members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at 2nd Windmill
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her two cubs feeding on their impala kill on Southern Fork Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding along Rhino Ring North
  • Six members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting infront of Simbambili Lodge
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Thursday, 25 April 2019 (30ºC)

  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her two cubs feeding on their impala kill on Mafufunyane
  • A breeding herd of about fifty elephants feeding at the Rocks
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard feeding on his impala kill at Kudu Drift with Moya, the female leopard
  • resting at Ntoma Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding along East Bank Manyelti
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her two cubs feeding on their impala kill on Southern Fork Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at East Bank Manyeleti
  • Tiyani, the female leopard walking along Kudu Drift road

Friday, 26 April 2019 (31ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard mating with Moya, the female leopard in the Manyeleti river bed off Kudu Drift
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting with her one cub in the Manyeleti River at Shirley’s Crossing
  • Six members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions walking along Marula Built Central West
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Rulani Road
  • Two buffalo bulls resting at Picanini Utah Pan

Saturday, 27 April 2019 (34ºC)

  • Six members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Ntoma Crossing
  • Three elephant bulls drinking water at Big Dam
  • Hukunuri, the male leopard mating with Moya the female leopard at EP Open
  • Tiyani, the female leopard walking along Ram Pan and her cub resting at Kimbions Crossing
  • Xidulu, the female lepard and her two cubs walking in the Marakeni Donga
  • Six members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Serengeti Pan
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Sunday, 28 April 2019 (28ºC) 12mm

  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting with her cub at Maboza Road
  • A group of seven hyenas walking along Londolozi Boundary

Big 5 Sightings 15 to 22 April 2019

  • The highlight of the week was seeing the young Ingrid dam female leopard after a few months of her being far in the West.
Photo by Dawie Lombard

Monday, 15 April 2019 (34ºC)

  • One elephant bull drinking water at Boundary Pan
  • A breeding herd of three hundred buffalos feeding on Simbambili and Arathusa Cutline
  • A female cheetah walking along Guarri Central
  • Xidulu, the female leopard resting with her two cubs at Xigodi Pan
  • Ten members of the styx pride of lions stalking a herd of buffalos at Bush Camp Pan
  • Tiyani, the female leopard hunting a dove at Bush Camp Pan
  • A breeding herd of about twelve elephants feeding at Bush Camp Pan
  • One elephant bull walking along Bush Camp East
  • A female cheetah resting at Simbambili Makhulu Open

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 (32ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about three hundred buffalos feeding at Bush Camp Pan
  • Tiyani, the female leopard hunting impala at Elephant Carcass Road
  • Ten members of the Styx pride of lions resting at Rhino Midden Road
  • About twelve hyena’s feeding on a buffalo calf at Bush Camp Pan
  • A breeding herd of about three hundred buffalos feeding on Rhino Ring West

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 (32ºC)

  • Xidulu, the female leopard walking along Lost Track
  • Makhomsava, the female leopard resting in a tree with her Nyala kill at Milkberry Road
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking along Nyala Crossing
  • One buffalo bull resting at Londolozi Boundary
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking along Marula Bult Road

Thursday, 18 April 2019 (33ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard’s cub playing in the Manyaleti River
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and one of her cubs feeding on an impala kill at Track South
  •  A breeding herd of about thirty elephants walking along Tjololo Road
  • One elephant bull feeding at Simbambili Firebreak Road
  • Another elephant bull feeding at Madash Road
  • One buffalo bull walking along Simbambili Firebreak Road

Friday, 19 April 2019 (32ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub resting at Kimbions Crossing
  • Moya, the female leopard resting at Mfezi Open
  • One lioness of the Nkuhuma pride of lions hunting giraffe at Madash Road
  • Six hyenas feeding on a kudu kill at Kudu Crossing
  • One buffalo bull wallowing at Jerry Drive Road
  • Moya, the female leopard resting on a termite mound at Mfezi Open
  • Xidulu, the female leopard walking along Marula Build Central

Saturday, 20 April 2019 (32ºC)

  • Moya, the female leopard hunting impala on Seepline
  • One elephant bull drinking water at One Eye Pan
  • Xidulu, the female leopard walking with her two cubs at 2nd Windmill
  • Six members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions drinking water at Red Dam
  • One elephant bull feeding at Simbambili Dam Road
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard walking with Moya, the female leopard at A-Main Road

Sunday, 21 April 2019 (28ºC)

  • Six members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Wet Patch Road
  • Xidulu, the female leopard resting with her two cubs at Safari Donga North
  • Young Ingrid dam, the female leopard resting at Impala Road

Big 5 Sightings 08 to 14 April 2019

  • The highlight of the week was cheetah killing impala in front of the lodge.
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Monday,08 April 2019 (27ºC)

  • One female cheetah hunting impala on Makhulu Open Area
  • A pack of eleven Africa Wild Dog on an impala kill at Misi Mati
  • Xidulu, the female leopard with her two cubs on an impala kill at Makhulu Open Area
  • Six members of the Nkuhuma lion pride on a fresh buffalo kill at 16th Crossing

Tuesday, 09 April 2019 (29ºC) 1mm

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard mating with Moya, the female leopard at Rhino Pan
  • One female cheetah resting on Makhulu Open Area
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her two cubs playing around 2nd Windmill
  • Two buffalo bulls wallowing at Island Crossing
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Mamba Road
  • Seven members of the Nkuhuma Pride of lions on their buffalo kill at 16th Crossing

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 (29ºC)

  • Moya, the female leopard on a territorial patrol around Big Dam
  • Eleven Members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions on their buffalo kill at 16th Crossing
  • One female cheetah hunting impala on Ngala Open Area
  • A breeding herd of about 30 elephants feeding on Zebra Drive
  • A pack of eleven Africa Wild Dog fighting about fifteen hyenas over an impala kill on Safari Driveway
  • A pack of nine African Wild Dogs resting on 2nd Windmill Road
  • One female cheetah on an impala kill at EP Flood Plains
  •  Eleven members of the Nkuhuma lion pride resting at Seef’s Pan
Photo by Andrew Bartlet

Thursday, 11 April 2019 (28ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard hunting warthog before a hyena chased him away on Eastern Bank Manyeleti
  • Eleven members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Milkberry Road
  • A pack of about eleven African Wild Dogs resting at 2nd Windmill Pan
  • A herd of about thirty elephants feeding along Seepline Road
  • One buffalo bull feeding around Pungwe Pan

Friday, 12 April 2019 (28ºC)

  • Sibuye, the female leopard and her cub resting North of Treehouse Dam
  • Tiyani, the female leopard and her cub resting at Shirley’s Crossing
  • A pack of eleven African Wild Dogs chasing scrub hare on Mfezi Open Area
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard resting at 1st Windmill Crossing
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her two cubs walking along East Bank Marikeni
  • Two buffalo bulls resting at P.U mati

Saturday, 13 April 2019 (31ºC)

  • Six members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at White Cloth Open
  • Xidulu, the female leopard with her two cubs playing on Tjolo road
  • Nine African Wild Dogs moving North on Leadwood Road.
  • A group of ten African Wild dog running around EP Airstrip.
  • Three buffalo bulls resting at P.U. dam.
  • Tiyani the female leopard’s cub resting at Kibean’s crossing.
Photo by Gerhard van der Westhuizen

Sunday, 14 April 2019 (34ºC)

  • Ten members of the Nkuhuma pride of lions feeding on a juvenile giraffe at Chitwa and Little Gowrie cutline, next to Gowrie Main.
  • One elephant bull walking along A-Main, close to KBR road.
  • A breeding herd of about two hundred buffalos moving along Mutzenzeleke road.
  • Xidulu the female leopard and her cubs feeding on her kill at Simbambili and Arathusa safari cutline junction with Xigodi pan road.
  • One unknown male leopard walking over Londolozi Drift.