Big 5 Sightings 10 to 16 April 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see the Styx pride with four new cubs, playing in the Mholewati dry river bed .

Styx pride lioness with four new cubs – Neil Coetzer

Monday, 10 April 2017
(31ºC)

  • Seven hyenas feeding on a dead elephant on Our Southern Boundary.
  • Thandi the female leopard and her son Thamba, feeding on a juvenile kudu kill east of Chitwa driveway
  • One Styx lioness with four cubs resting in the Mholewati dry river bed
  • Two Styx lionesses, two cubs and one Birmingham male resting at Ingwe Pan

 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017
(32ºC)

  • Thandi, the female leopard and Thamba, still feeding on the kudu kill
  • Two Birminham male lions and one Styx lioness resting on MMM South
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Seepline Road
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Simbambili Dam
  • The young Ingrid Dam female leopard, feeding on a duiker kill on Kudu Drift

 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017
(33ºC)

  • The young Ingrid Dam female leopard, still feeding on a duiker kill on Kudu Drift
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, stalking impalas on EP airstrip
  • One elephant bull feeding on Sixes Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Madash Road

Spotted Hyena – Neil Coetzer

 

Thursday, 13 April 2017
(36ºC, 22mm rain)

  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding around Jerry Drive
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Seefs Pan Road
  • Two Birmingham male lions resting south of Ingwe Pan
  • One Styx lioness resting at Ingwe Pan
  • Thandi, the female leopard and Thamba her son, feeding on a steenbok kill on One Eye Pan Road
  • Hosana, the young male leopard resting at Treehouse Pan

 

Friday, 14 April 2017

(34ºC, 12mm rain)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Seepline Road
  • Three wild dogs chasing after impalas on Little Gowrie driveway
  • Hosana, the young male leopard, resting at Treehouse Pan
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, feeding on an impala kill on Simbambili firebreak

 

Saturday, 15 April 2017

(28ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Madash Road
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, feeding on an impala kill on Simbambili firebreak
  • Three young male lions moving north from Serengeti open area
  • Thandi, the female leopard and her cub resting at One Eye Pan Road
  • One lioness from the Styx pride moving south from MMM South

The young Ingrid Dam female leopard, feeding on her duiker kill – Neil Coetzer

 

Sunday, 16 April 2017

(29ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Little Gowrie driveway
  • One lioness from the Styx pride resting at Ingwe Mati
  • One buffalo bull resting on Southern Fork
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, resting on Pommies Pan Road
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Big 5 Sightings 27 March to 02 April 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see three lionesses from the Styx pride with their two cubs and one Birmingham male lion feeding on a blue wildebeest kill on Safari airstrip

 

Birmingham male lion – Dawie Jacobs

Monday, 27 March 2017
(33ºC)

  • Three lionesses from the Styx pride with their two cubs and one Birmingham male lion feeding on a blue wildebeest kill on Safari airstrip
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Our Southern Boundary
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Rhino Pan Road
  • One elephant bull moving east from EP airstrip

 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017
(30ºC)

  • One lioness from the Styx pride and one Birmingham male lion resting on Safari airstrip
  • Tingana, the male leopard, moving south on MMM South
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants moving west on Seepline Road
  • Another breeding herd of about fifteen elephants drinking water at Bushcamp Pan
  • Three buffalo bulls feeding west of Ngala open area
  • One buffalo bull resting at Bushcamp Pan
  • One elephant bull feeding at Simbambili Dam
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Madash Road

 

Wednesday, 29 March 2017
(29ºC)

  • Nsele, the female leopard and her cub resting at Rhino Pan
  • Two elephant bulls drinking water at Rhino Pan
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen buffaloes feeding on Little Gowrie driveway
  • One buffalo bull resting at Pungwe open area
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Jerry drive
  • Three lionesses from the Styx pride with their two cubs and one Birmingham male lion resting on Safari airstrip

Young hyena – Dawie Jacobs

 

Thursday, 30 March 2017
(32ºC)

  • Two lionesses from the Styx pride with their two cubs and one Birmingham male lion resting on Mkombe Road
  • Two elephant bulls moving south from Grasscut Road
  • Anderson, the male leopard, moving west from Sawmill Road
  • Two lionesses from the Styx pride with their two cubs and one Birmingham male lion resting on Mkombe Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Bushcamp Pan

 

Friday, 31 March 2017

(35ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, resting on 1st Windmill Road
  • One Birmingham male lion moving north on MMM North
  • Three buffalo bulls resting on One Eye Pan Road

 

Saturday, 1 April 2017

(36ºC)

  • Three young male lions moving south from EP open area
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Our Western Boundary
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Seef’s Pan Road

Two elephant bulls fighting – Dawie Jacobs

 

Sunday, 2 April 2017

(30ºC)

  • Thandi, the female leopard’s cub resting at One Eye Pan Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking water at Treehouse Pan
  • Three buffalo bulls resting at Red Dam
  • Two lionesses from the Styx pride with their two cubs and one Birmingham male lion resting west of Mhisi Mati
  • One elephant bull feeding on Wetpatch Road
  • One elephant bull feeding at Kraaines Pan

 

 

 

 

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Big 5 sightings 13 – 19 March 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see the Nkuhuma lion pride and two Birmingham males moving around in our area for the whole week.

Nkuhuma pride – Morné Fouché

Monday, 13 March 2017
(31ºC)

  • A pack of 15 wild dogs feeding on a kudu kill on Simbambili firebreak
  • Salayexe, the female leopard feeding on a juvenile kudu on Drongo North
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting on Shombaan Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Robson’s boundary
  • Two elephant bulls feeding around Treehouse Pan
  • One buffalo bull feeding on Gowrie Main
  • Three Birmingham male lions resting on Majingi open area
  • Three lionesses of the Styx pride and two cubs resting close to Worsboom Crossing

 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017
(32ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard still feeding on the kudu kill on Drongo North
  • One elephant bull feeding on EP open area
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Rhulani Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on Simbambili firebreak
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Madash Road
  • Three buffalo bulls feeding on Lowveld Link
  • Tingana, the male leopard resting at Jaggi Pan
  • Nkuhuma lion pride resting on Buffalo Scull South
  • Shadow, the female leopard and one cub moving north from Maraken Drive

 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017
(37ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Matundaluka Pan Road
  • Salayexe, the female leopard resting in a Marula tree on EP driveway
  • One elephant bull feeding on EP driveway
  • Tiyani, the young female leopard resting in a Marula tree on Xinzele Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on Simbambili firebreak
  • Three buffalo bulls resting on Lowveld Link
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Safari/Shirley’s cutline
  • Nkuhuma lion pride resting on Pipe Line Road
  • Two elephant bulls drinking water at Bushcamp Pan

Elephant bull – Morné Fouché

Thursday, 16 March 2017
(27ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about sixty elephants feeding on MMM South
  • Hosana, the young male leopard and Xongile, the young female leopard playing at Baboon Pan
  • One Birmingham male lion resting at Ingwe Pan
  • Tiyani, the young female leopard resting in a Marula tree on Rhulani Road
  • Salayexe, the female leopard resting in a Marula tree on Track South
  • Kurula, the female leopard moving north on Little Gowrie driveway
  • Two Styx pride lionesses and two cubs resting east of Mholowati Crossing
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Seepline Road
  • Three buffalo bulls resting on A-main

 

Friday, 17 March 2017

(28ºC)

  • One elephant bull feeding on EP airstrip
  • Three Nkuhuma lionesses and six cubs moving east from Madash Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Marula Bult
  • One elephant feeding on Wetpatch Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Madash Road
  • Tiyani, resting in a tree on Xinzele Road
  • One buffalo bull resting in the water at Big Dam

 

Saturday, 18 March 2017

(34ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting at Big Dam
  • Three Birmingham male lions resting on Bushcamp West
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on A-main
  • Three buffalo bulls resting in the water at Buffalo Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Bushcamp East
  • One elephant bull feeding close to Buffalo Pan
  • One elephant bull feeding on Tamboti open area

Kudu bull – Morné Fouché

Sunday, 19 March 2017

(26ºC, 4mm rain)

  • Three Nkuhuma lionesses, six cubs and two Birmingham male lions feeding on a warthog kill at Boundary Pan
  • One elephant bull feeding at Leeukuil
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on MMM South

 

 

 

 

 

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Big 5 Sightings 27 February to 06 March 2017

The highlight of the week was to see fifteen wild dogs hunting and killing two impalas on Lucas open area

Sands wild dog pack – Louis Liversage

Monday, 27 February 2017
(31ºC)

  • One elephant bull moving west from Leadwood Road
  • Three Nkuhuma lionesses resting with six cubs on Parallel Road
  • Two Styx lionesses resting with two cubs and four new cubs at Wors Crossing
  • Two Unknown male lions resting at Picanini Utah
  • Tingana, the male leopard, moving north from Lucas open area
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, stalking impalas at Pommies Pan

 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017
(33ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, resting up in tree on Shambane Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Rhulani Road
  • Two Nkuhuma lionesses and six cubs resting on Parallel Road
  • One buffalo bull resting at Baboon Pan

 

Wednesday, 1 March 2017
(31ºC)

  • Three wild dogs moving west from Simbambili firebreak
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on EP open area
  • Tingana, the male leopard, moving west from Boundary Pan

A breeding herd of elephants – Louis Liversage

 

Thursday, 2 March 2017
(33ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, feeding on a baby kudu kill on Madash Road
  • Two Nkuhuma lionesses and six cubs resting on Methlowani open area
  • One elephant bull feeding on EP open area
  • Two Styx lionesses and two cubs resting at Wors Crossing
  • One elephant bull drinking water at Simbambili Dam
  • Three wild dogs feeding on a baby kudu kill on Shirley’s open area

 

Friday, 3 March 2017

(34ºC)

  • A pack of fifteen wild dogs hunting and killing two impalas on Lucas open area
  • One Birmingham male lion resting south of Ingwe Pan
  • One elephant bull feeding on Safari airstrip
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, moving east from Madash Road
  • Four Nkuhuma lionesses and six cubs resting on One Eye Pan Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Rhino Pan Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Eastern Bank Manyeleti

 

Saturday, 4 March 2017

(35ºC)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard, had a standoff with Nchila, the female leopard, on Simbambili Firebreak
  • Three buffalo bulls feeding on Tamboti Crossing
  • Four Nkuhuma lionesses and six cubs resting on Buff Skull North
  • Two elephant bulls feeding east of Ingwe Pan
  • A pack of fifteen wild dogs resting on Pump Track Road
  • Karula, the female leopard’s two cubs resting at Baboon Pan

Salayexe, the female leopard – Louis Liversage

 

Sunday, 5 March 2017

(31ºC, 22mm)

  • Mvula, the male leopard, moving west on Simbambili Firebreak
  • A pack of fifteen wild dogs feeding on an impala kill on Eastern Bank Manyeleti
  • One elephant bull feeding on Ekiso Road
  • Four Nkuhuma lionesses and their six cubs resting at Boundary Pan
  • A breeding herd of about five elephants feeding on EP driveway
  • Sindile, the male leopard, feeding on a juvenile kudu kill on Shortcut Wetpatch

 

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Big 5 Sightings 20 to 26 February 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see two Birmingham male lions moving north on EP airstrip

Birmingham males – Morné Fouché

Monday, 20 February 2017
(29ºC)

  • One Birmingham male lion resting at Mhisi Mati
  • Kurula, the female leopards two cubs playing close to Baboon Pan
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding around Big Dam
  • Three buffalo bulls resting at Poacher’s Corner
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Madash Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on EP driveway
  • One elephant bull feeding around Rhino Pan

 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017
(30ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, moving east on Shortcut Wetpatch Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on EP open area
  • Nchila, the female leopard, resting on Sawmill Road
  • Two unknown male lions feeding on a buffalo kill at Picanini Utah Pan
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, moving north from Picanini Utah Pan
  • One elephant bull moving south from Guarrie Central Road

 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017
(27ºC, 27mm)

  • Shadow, the female leopard, feeding on a grey duiker kill on Matandaluku Pan Road
  • Three elephant bulls feeding at Big Dam
  • One elephant bull feeding at Leeukuil Pan
  • A breeding herd of about five elephants feeding on Simbambili Firebreak
  • Three Birmingham male lions feeding on a buffalo kill on Methlowani Road

Elephant mother and youngster – Morné Fouché

 

Thursday, 23 February 2017
(25ºC, 5mm)

  • Two unknown male lions still feeding on their buffalo kill at Picanini Utah Pan
  • A breeding herd of about five elephants feeding on Shirley’s/Safari cutline
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Our Southern Boundary
  • Karula, the female leopard and her two cubs feeding on an impala kill on Little Gowrie driveway
  • One elephant bull feeding on A-main
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on EP driveway

 

Friday, 24 February 2017

(25ºC, 3mm)

  • Two Styx lionesses with two cubs and one Birmingham male lion resting at White Cloth open area
  • Two unknown male lions feeding on a baby giraffe kill east of Kraaines Pan
  • Karula, the female leopard and her two cubs resting on Little Gowrie driveway
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Little Gowrie driveway

 

Saturday, 25 February 2017

(28ºC, 3mm)

  • Two Birmingham male lions drinking water at Kraaines Pan
  • One elephant bull feeding on EP open area
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Our Southern Boundary

Zebra female and baby – Morné Fouché

 

Sunday, 26 February 2017

(27ºC)

  • Karula, the female leopard and her two cubs moving east on Gowrie Main
  • One elephant bull feeding on Our Southern Boundary
  • Three Birmingham male lions and one Styx female lion resting at White Cloth open area
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Picanini Utah driveway
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Marula Bult South
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Big 5 Sightings 13 to 19 February 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see Salayexe, the female leopard mating with Anderson, the male leopard, at Serengeti/Manyeleti Crossing

Anderson, the male leopard mating with Salayexe, the female leopard – Neil Coetzer

Monday, 13 February 2017
(37ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking water at Big Dam
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on EP driveway
  • Salayexe, the female leopard and Anderson, the male leopard, resting on Our Southern Boundary
  • A pack of about fifteen wild dogs resting at Kraaines Pan
  • One lioness from the Styx pride resting on Wessels/Hoffmans Cutline
  • Thandi, the female leopard, resting on Gowrie Main
  • Nsele, the female leopard, resting on Mamba Road
  • One elephant bull feeding at Mhisi Mati

 

Tuesday, 14 February 2017
(38ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard and Anderson, the male leopard mating at Serengeti/Manyeleti Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Serengeti open area
  • Four buffalo bulls resting on Little Gowrie driveway
  • Three lionesses from the Styx pride and two cubs resting at Ingwe Pan
  • Nsele, the female leopard and her cub resting at Rhino Pan
  • Shadow, the female leopard, resting west of Safari open area

 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017
(36ºC)

  • Nsele, the female leopard and her cub resting at Rhino Pan
  • A pack of about fifteen wild dogs feeding on an impala kill west of Big Dam
  • Salayexe, the female leopard, mating with Anderson, the male leopard, at Serengeti/Manyeleti Crossing
  • Five lions from the Tsalala pride resting south of Kraaines Pan
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on A-main
  • Another breeding herd of about five elephants feeding on Our Southern Boundary

A pack of African wild dogs feeding on an impala kill – Neil Coetzer

 

Thursday, 16 February 2017
(28ºC, 70mm)

  • One elephant bull feeding on Big Dam Link North
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Our Southern Boundary

 

Friday, 17 February 2017

(29ºC, 5mm)

  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Serengeti/Manyeleti Crossing
  • One elephant bull feeding on Our Southern Boundary
  • A breeding herd of about ten buffaloes feeding on Simbambili Firebreak
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Rhino Ring East

 

Saturday, 18 February 2017

(32ºC)

  • Salayexe, the female leopard, feeding on a baby kudu kill up in a tree on Marula Bult Road
  • Five lions from the Tsalala pride resting on A-main
  • One elephant bull moving north on Marula Bult Road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants moving west from Bushcamp West

Styx pride lion cub – Neil Coetzer

 

Sunday, 19 February 2017

(33ºC)

  • A breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding on Seepline West
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on MMM North
  • Salayexe, the female leopard and Tiyani, the female leopard resting at Pungwe Island Crossing
  • A pack of fifteen wild dogs resting at Road 7
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on Mafufanyane Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on Madash Road
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