Big 5 Sightings 29 May to 04 June 2017

The highlight of the week was to see a pack of seven wild dogs having a standoff with two spotted hyenas at Pungwe open area.

Wild dogs and Hyenas – Louis Liversage

Monday, 29 May 2017
(23ºC)

  • One elephant bull feeding on Rhino Midden Road
  • Three lions from the Styx pride resting with six cubs south of Wessels old driveway
  • Thandi, the female leopard, feeding on an impala kill west of Chitwa airstrip

 

Tuesday, 30 May 2017
(26ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, resting north of EP driveway
  • A pack of 12 wild dogs resting at Picanini Utah Pan
  • Three lions from the Styx pride resting with their six cubs and one Birmingham male lion on Little Gowrie driveway
  • Thandi, the female leopard, still feeding on her impala kill west of Chitwa airstrip
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at One Eye Pan
  • One buffalo bull resting on Gowrie Main

 

Wednesday, 31 May 2017
(29ºC)

  • Two lions from the Styx pride resting with their six cubs and two Birmingham male lions north of Treehouse Pan
  • Anderson, the male leopard and Nchila, the female leopard, resting on Mabuza Road
  • A pack of 12 wild dogs having a standoff with two hyenas at Pungwe open area
  • One elephant bull feeding on Wetpatch Road

Birmingham male lion – Louis Liversage

 

Thursday, 1 June 2017
(29ºC)

  • Two elephants bulls feeding on EP/Shirley’s cutline
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking water at Serengeti Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking water at Serengeti Pan
  • One Pangolin resting on Pungwe open area
  • One lioness from the Nkuhuma pride and one Birmingham male lion moving south on MMM North

 

Friday, 2 June 2017

(29ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, feeding on an impala kill on EP driveway
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking water at Big Dam

 

Saturday, 3 June 2017

(29ºC)

  • Four lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride feeding on a warthog kill on Horseshoe East
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, still feeding on her impala kill on EP driveway
  • Nchila, the female leopard, resting at Gabby’s Crossing
  • Two lions from the Tsalala pride and their five cubs resting at Kimbians Crossing

Thandi, the female leopard – Louis Liversage

 

Sunday, 4 June 2017

(30ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, still feeding on her impala kill on EP driveway
  • Five lionesses from the Nkuhuma pride resting north of Road 7
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants moving south from Simbambili Dam
  • Another breeding herd of about five elephants feeding west of Red Dam
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Big 5 Sightings 22 to 29 May 2017

The highlight of the week was to see a pack of 13 wild dogs playing all around Big Dam

African wild dog – Morné Fouché

 

Monday, 22 May 2017
(31ºC)

  • A pack of 13 wild dogs being chased by the Nkuhuma lion pride at Simbambili Dam
  • Two Birmingham male lions resting on Madash Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on Mfezi open area
  • A breeding herd of about thirty buffaloes feeding on Mamba Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Wetpatch Road

 

Tuesday, 23 May 2017
(31ºC)

  • A pack of 13 wild dogs resting at Big Dam
  • Moya, the female leopard, and her cub resting on Serengeti open area
  • The Ingrid’s Dam, young female leopard, moving west on A-main
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Seepline Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at 2nd Windmill Pan
  • Anderson, the male leopard, resting close to 2nd Windmill Pan
  • A breeding herd of about fifty buffaloes feeding on Rhino Midden Road
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, resting on Jerry Drive
  • The Nkuhuma lion pride resting on Horseshoe open area

 

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

(33ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Pommies Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on A-main
  • Two Birmingham male lions resting east of Mhisi Mati
  • One elephant bull feeding on Gowrie Main
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Grasscut Road

Male giraffe – Morné Fouché

 

Thursday, 25 May 2017
(30ºC)

  • One Birmingham male lion moving east on A-main
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on EP driveway
  • One Birmingham male lion and one lioness resting close to Treehouse Pan
  • Tingana, the male leopard, resting on Wessels Old Driveway
  • Thandi, the female leopard, resting on Road 47

 

Friday, 26 May 2017

(32ºC)

  • Ncila, the female leopard, stalking impalas close to Simbambili Dam
  • Tingana, the male leopard, resting on Maraken Drive
  • A pack of 13 wild dogs resting on Pump Track
  • Tsalala pride of lions resting north of Our Fathers Crossing
  • Six young buffalo bulls drinking water at Serengeti Pan

 

Saturday, 27 May 2017

(28ºC)

  • Nkuhuma pride of lions feeding on a buffalo kill on Simbambili firebreak
  • A breeding herd of about twenty buffaloes feeding close to Simbambili Dam
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding north of Rampan
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Our Western Boundary

Hyena clan of Elephant Plains – Morné Fouché

 

Sunday, 28 May 2017

(23ºC)

  • A pack of about 12 wild dogs chasing impalas on EP open area
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Madash Road
  • Nkuhuma lion pride resting on Southern Fork Road
  • One elephant bull drinking water on EP open area
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Big 5 Sightings 15 to 21 May 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see the Nkuhuma lion pride hunting and killing a buffalo bull.

Nkuhuma pride stalking and killing a buffalo bull – Neil Coetzer

Monday, 15 May 2017
(30ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, hunting impala on Safari driveway
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Our Southern Boundary
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on EP open area

 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017
(28ºC)

  • Three Birmingham male lions resting on Rhulani Road
  • Three buffalo bulls resting at Tamboti Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about twenty-five elephants feeding at Rampan
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Seepline Road

 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

(29ºC)

  • Hosana, the young male leopard, with an impala kill in a tree close to Treehouse Pan
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Seepline
  • One Birmingham male lion resting on Chitwa airstrip
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Grasscut Road

African wild dog – Neil Coetzer

 

Thursday, 18 May 2017
(29ºC)

  • The Nkuhuma lion pride stalking and killing a buffalo bull at Pungwe Pan
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, resting at Ntoma Crossing
  • One elephant bull feeding on Eastern Bank Manyeleti
  • A breeding herd of twenty elephants feeding at Kimbians Crossing
  • Another breeding herd of ten elephants feeding on Pungwe Island
  • Hosana, the young male leopard, still on his impala kill close to Treehouse Pan

 

Friday, 19 May 2017

(30ºC)

  • One elephant bull feeding at EP/Manyeleti Crossing
  • The Nkuhuma lion pride still feeding on their buffalo kill at Pungwe Pan
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Ngala open area

 

Saturday, 20 May 2017

(30ºC)

  • A pack of three wild dogs resting on Safari Airstrip
  • Anderson, the male leopard, moving south from Seepline
  • Shadow, the female leopard, and her cub feeding on a duiker kill at Mafufunyane Pan
  • The Nkuhuma lion pride still feeding on their buffalo kill at Pungwe pan

Hosana, the male leopard – Neil Coetzer

 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

(30ºC)

  • A pack of thirteen wild dogs hunting impala on Konkoni Road
  • The Nkuhuma lion pride resting at Pungwe Pan
  • Shadow, the female leopard and her cub, still feeding on their duiker kill at Mafufunyane Pan
  • Nchila, the female leopard, resting on Simbambili firebreak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Big 5 Sightings 01 – 07 May 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see three of the Birmingham male lions resting on White Cloth open area

Birmingham male

Monday, 1 May 2017
(26ºC, 5mm rain)

  • One elephant bull feeding on MMM North.
  • A Breeding herd of about forty elephants around Manyeleti crossing.
  • Ingrid dam, the young female leopard resting in a tree on Grasscut Road.
  • Two Birmingham male lions, five Nkhuhuma females and six cubs resting on Rhulani Road.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017
(25ºC, 1mm)

  • Breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding around Sawmill Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Jozie Road.
  • Breeding herd of about twenty elephants chasing the Nkuhuma pride of lions and two Birmingham males on
  • Simbambili firebreak.
  • Two Birmingham males along with the Nkuhuma pride resting along Simbambili firebreak.
  • Tiyani the leopard female drinking water at Big Dam.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017
(27ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on MMM North
  • Three buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Pan Road
  • One Styx pride lioness and her 4 cubs resting east of Ingwe Pan
  • One elephant bull feeding on Madash Road
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Milkberry Road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Shomboma Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Pump Track

Elephant bull

Thursday, 4 May 2017
(31ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty buffaloes feeding on Shudulu Road.
  • One lioness from the Styx pride with four cubs resting east of Ingwe Pan.
  • Three Birmingham male lions resting on White Cloth open area.
  • Nsele, the female leopard and her cub resting on Rhino Pan Road.
  • One buffalo bull resting in the water at Rhino Pan.

Friday, 5 May 2017

(31ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on 1st Windmill
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Safari driveway
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Zebra Drive
  • Three buffalo bulls feeding on Rhino Pan Road
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Pungwe Island
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting on A-Main
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Big Dam

Saturday, 6 May 2017

(31ºC)

  • Tree Birmingham males resting on MM Boundary east of White Cloth open area.
  • Two buffalo bulls resting west from Rhino Pan.
  • A breeding herd of about fifty buffaloes resting east of Rhino Pan.
  • One elephant bull feeding on Rhino Ring South.
  • Salayexe, the female leopard scent marking on Shortcut Wetpatch Road.
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Bushcamp East.

    Styx Cub

Sunday, 7 May 2017

(33ºC)

  • One lioness from the Styx pride and one Birmingham male lion resting at Treehouse Pan
  • One Birmingham male lion resting at Ingwe Pan
  • Ingrid Dam, the young female leopard resting on Grasscut Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Madash Road

 

 

 

 

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Big 5 Sightings 24 to 30 April 2017

The highlight of the week was to see 13 wild dogs hunting and killing a baby kudu at Rampan.

African wild dogs – Louis Liversage

Monday, 24 April 2017
(27ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding on Rhulani
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Madash road
  • One elephant bull feeding on Gowrie Main
  • Hosana, the young male leopard, resting on Little Gowrie driveway
  • Thandi, the female leopard, stalking a group of nyalas on Road 47

 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017
(27ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, stalking impalas on Bushcamp East
  • One elephant bull feeding on Madash road
  • A pack of thirteen wild dogs resting on Safari airstrip
  • One elephant bull resting at Red Dam
  • Two Birmingham male lions and the Nkuhuma pride resting on Southern Fork
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Parallel Road

 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017
(28ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on EP driveway
  • A pack of thirteen wild dogs hunting and killing a kudu at Rampan
  • Hosana, the young male leopard, and Xongile, his sister playing on Lucas open area
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen buffaloes feeding around Road 7
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Southern Fork

Buffalo bull – Louis Liversage

 

Thursday, 27 April 2017
(29ºC)

  • A breeding herd of fifty elephants feeding on Parallel road
  • A pack of thirteen wild dogs hunting and killing a scrub hare on Simbambili driveway
  • Another breeding herd of ten elephants feeding on Madash Road
  • One buffalo bull feeding on MMM South

 

Friday, 28 April 2017

(28ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, resting on Shombane Road
  • Two Birmingham male lions and the Nkuhuma pride, resting at Simbambili Dam
  • Two elephant bulls feeding at One Eye Pan
  • Four elephant bulls feeding on Methlowane open area
  • Two Birmingham male lions and two lionesses of the Styx pride, resting at Mhisi Mati

 

Saturday, 29 April 2017

(30ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, resting on Sawmill Road
  • One Birmingham male lion and two lionesses of the Nkuhuma pride, resting on Eastern Bank Manyeleti
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding at Rampan
  • Hosana, the young male leopard, moving north on Oom Corrie`s Loop
  • Thandi, the female leopard and her son Thamba, feeding on their waterbuck kill on Chitwa open area
  • Three wild dogs moving south on Oom Corrie`s Loop

Salayexe, the female leopard – Louis Liversage

 

Sunday, 30 April 2017

(26ºC, 7mm rain)

  • Six cubs from the Nkuhuma pride and one Birmingham male lion resting at Boundary Pan
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, scent marking on Our Southern Boundary
  • One elephant bull feeding on Parallel Road
  • Thamba, the young male leopard, resting on Road 47
  • One elephant bull feeding at Baboon Pan
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Road 47
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Big 5 Sightings 17 to 23 April 2017

The highlight of the week was to see a pack of 14 wild dogs feeding on an impala kill on EP open area

Pack of wild dogs – Morné Fouché

Monday, 17 April 2017
(30ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, moving south from Shirley’s Crossing
  • One Birmingham male lion and two lionesses of the Nkuhuma pride, still feeding on the juvenile zebra kill on MMM South
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Lowveld Link
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Buffalo Scull North

 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017
(29ºC)

  • A pack of 14 wild dogs moving north on Safari airstrip
  • One Birmingham male lion and two lionesses of the Nkuhuma pride moving north on MMM South
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, resting in a tree north of Seef’s Pan Road
  • Styx pride of lions resting at Mhisi Mati

 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017
(29ºC)

  • A pack of 14 wild dogs feeding on an impala kill on EP open area
  • Styx pride of lions still resting around Mhisi Mati
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding close to Linda’s Dam
  • Tingana, the male leopard, scent marking on Wessels Old Driveway
  • Hosana, the young male leopard, resting at Treehouse Pan

Two Birmingham males scent marking – Morné Fouché

 

Thursday, 20 April 2017
(32ºC)

  • A pack of 14 wild dogs resting at Serengeti/Manyeleti Crossing
  • One lioness from the Nkuhuma pride having a standoff with five hyenas on EP airstrip
  • Hosana, the young male leopard, resting at Baboon Pan
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding north of Treehouse Pan
  • One Birmingham male lion, mating with one Styx pride lioness east of Treehouse Pan
  • Two Birmingham male lions resting close to the mating pair of lions around Treehouse Pan

 

Friday, 21 April 2017

(30ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Buff Skull South
  • Another breeding herd of thirty elephants feeding on Rhino Ring North
  • Tingana, the male leopard, drinking water at Matandaluka Pan
  • One Birmingham male, a Styx lioness and her four cubs resting west of Mhisi Mati
  • Two buffalo bulls feeding on Gowrie Main
  • The Young Ingrid Dam, female leopard, stalking impala on A-Main

 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

(28ºC)

  • One elephant bull feeding on Zebra drive
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Southern Fork
  • Another elephant bull feeding on Marula Bult Central
  • Another breeding herd of nearly twenty elephants drinking water at Simbambili Dam

Young elephant – Morné Fouché

 

Sunday, 23 April 2017

(24ºC)

  • Nine lions of the Styx pride and one Birmingham male lion feeding on their waterbuck kill west of Cheetah Plains Driveway
  • One elephant bull drinking water at Bushcamp Pan
  • One Birmingham male lion resting at Mhisi Mati
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Bushcamp West

 

 

 

 

 

 

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