Big 5 Sightings 15 to 21 January 2018

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see the Hukumuri male leopard
 

Hukumuri, the male leopard – Gerrit Ackerman

Monday, 15 January 2018
(35ºC)

  • Hukumuri, the male leopard scent marking on Xidulu Road
  • Six buffalo bulls resting in the water at Kraaines Pan
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on 16th Crossing
  • Five buffalo bulls resting in the water at Rhino Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Horseshoe East Road
  • Another breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding close to Boerbean Pan
  • Eight buffalo bulls feeding on Sawmill Road
  • One elephant bull drinking water at Kraaines Pan
     

Tuesday, 16 January 2018
(29ºC)
 

  • Anderson, the male leopard stole the impala kill from Tiyani, the female leopard close to Gaby’s Crossing.
  • One elephant bull feeding on Old EP driveway
  • Four lionesses and six cubs of the Nkuhuma pride resting on Rhulani Road
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard with an impala kill on Marula Bult
  • One elephant bull feeding on Drongo South Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard and Anderson the male leopard resting close to their kill on Gaby’s Crossing
  • Eight buffalo bulls feeding on Sawmill Road
  • One elephant bull feeding on Eastern Bank Manyeleti
  • A breeding herd of twenty elephants drinking water on EP Open area
  • Another breeding herd of ten elephants drinking water at Shamboma Road

Wednesday, 17 January 2018
(30ºC)

  • Anderson, the male leopard, and Tiyani, the female leopard feeding on an impala kill at Gaby’s Crossing
  • Two elephant bulls feeding at Big Dam Link North
  • The Nkuhuma lion pride resting at Boundary Pan
  • Eight wild dogs resting on Nkorho open area
  • A breeding herd of twenty elephants drinking water on EP open area
  • Eight buffalo bulls feeding on EP/Shirley’s cutline
  • A breeding herd of ten elephants feeding on Safari open area
  • Another breeding herd of twenty elephants drinking water at Jerry Drive
  • Another breeding herd of ten elephants feeding on Marula Bult South

The hyena den – Gerrit Ackerman

 

Thursday, 18 January 2018
(28ºC)

  • Ingrid Dam female leopard walking along Serengeti Pan
  • Shadow, the female leopard’s cub, walking on Hoffman’s/Little Gowrie cutline
  • A breeding herd of ten elephants feeding on Kimbians Crossing
  • Five buffalo bulls resting in Rhino Pan
  • Two buffalo bulls resting at Serengeti Pan
  • The Nkhuma lion pride resting on Safari airstrip
  • A breeding herd of ten elephants feeding on EP open area
  • One elephant bull walking along Grasscut Road
  • Tiyani, the female leopard moving around our lodge
  • Two buffalo bulls resting at Bushcamp Pan
  • Another two buffalo bulls resting in Serengeti Pan
     
Friday, 19 January 2018
(30ºC)
  • Two elephant bulls feeding at Big Dam
  • Other elephant bull feeding on EP open area
  • Kuchava, the female leopard feeding on One Eye Pan Road on Chitwa
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking at Ingwe Pan
  • The Styx pride of lions resting at Ingwe Pan
Saturday, 20 January 2018
(32ºC)
 
  • Tiyani, the female leopard stalking impalas on EP driveway
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding around Eagle Owl Crossing
  • Four buffalo bulls resting in the water at Kraaines
  • The Styx pride of lions resting at Mhisi Mati
  • One elephant bull drinking water at Chitwa Dam
  • Hosanna, the young male leopard walking north from Gowri Main
  • Shadow, the female leopard’s cub with a grey duiker kill on Little Gowri driveway

Pack of wild dogs – Gerrit Ackerman

 
Sunday, 21 January 2018
(31ºC)

 

  • A breeding herd of about fifty elephants feeding on Pungwe open area
  • Six buffalo bulls resting at Kraaines Pan
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Pungwe Pan
  • Ten wild dogs having a stand off with ten hyenas on EP open area
  • A breeding herd of about fifty elephants feeding on Marula Bult Road
  • Six buffalo bulls resting on EP/Shirley’s cutline
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Marula Bult South
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting at Pungwe Pan
     

 

 

 

Big 5 Sightings 1 to 7 January 2018

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see one of the Birmingham male lions drinking water at Rhulani mud wallow

One Birmingham Male lion drinking water

Monday, 1 January 2018
(25ºC)

  • The Styx lion pride resting on Airport Link
  • Tiyani, the female leopard, feeding on her kudu kill at Kimbeans crossing
  • The Nkuhuma pride resting on Shortcut Wetpatch
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding along Seepline
  • One elephant bull moving south from Shirley`s open area
  • Another breeding herd of ten elephants feeding on Nyati Bamba road
  • Another breeding herd of about thirty elephants moving west from Rhino Ring West
  • One Birmingham male lion joined the Styx pride on Safari Driveway
  • Two elephant bulls drinking water at Kraaines
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Sixes road

Tuesday, 2 January 2018
(23ºC)

  • The Nkuhuma lion pride resting at Simabambili Dam
  • One of the Birmingham male lions drinking water at Rhulani mud wallow
  • Tiyani the female leopard, still feeding on her kudu kill at Kimbeans crossing
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding around 2nd Right road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty-five elephants feeding on Guarrie Central

Wednesday, 3 January 2018
(25ºC)

  • Ten buffalo bulls resting on Milkberry road
  • Tiyani the female leopard, still at her kudu kill at Kimbeans crossing
  • A breeding herd of twenty elephants feeding around Ngala open area
  • One elephant bull feeding at Our Father`s crossing
  • The Styx lion pride resting on Simbambili firebreak
  • Sux buffalo bulls resting on Puffadder road

One Baby Elephant – Gerrit Ackerman

Thursday, 4 January 2018
(30ºC)

  • Tiyani the female leopard, feeding on her scrub hare kill around Serengeti Pan
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding at Grizzly Bear crossing
  • The Styx lion pride resting on Safari Donga North
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants drinking water on Ximungwe road
  • The Hukumuri male leopard mating with Xidulu female leopard on Methlowani road
  • Six buffalo bulls resting on Sixes road
  • Another breeding herd of ten elephants feeding at 16th Crossing

Friday, 5 January 2018
(36ºC)

  • Five buffalo bulls resting on A-Main
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Marula Bult North
  • Another breeding herd of fifteen elephants feeding on Ekiso road
  • Thamba the male leopard, resting on Mike`s Kitchen
  • One elephant bull feeding at The Rocks
  • Another elephant bull feeding on Londoz Boundary
  • Hukumuri the male leopard, mating with Xidulu on Safari Donga North

Saturday, 6 January 2018
(34ºC)

  • Mvula the male leopard, resting at Old borehole
  • Tiyani the female leopard, scent marking on Shortcut Wetpatch
  • One elephant bull feeding at Land Cruiser Crossing
  • A breeding herd of thirty elephants drinking water at 2nd Windmill Pan
  • Three elephant bulls drinking water at Knobthorn Pan
  • Another breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding on Shombane road
  • Tingana the male leopard, resting on Treehouse East

Thamba the Leopard – Gerrit Ackerman

Sunday, 7 January 2018
(36ºC)

  • Thamba the male leopard, moving north on Chitwa driveway
  • Four buffalo bulls resting on Nyati road
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants drinking water at Serengeti Pan
  • Tiyani the female leopard, also drinking water at Serengeti Pan
  • Xidulu female leopard, resting at her impala kill around Simbamabili Dam
  • Nsele the female leopard, drinking water at Sawmill road
  • Nsele`s female leopard cub walking west on Grasscut road
  • One elephant bull feeding at Simbambili open area
  • Another elephant bull feeding around Leeukuil

 

Big 5 Sightings 25 to 31 December 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see the Styx lion pride resting on Little Gowrie/Wessels cutline

Styx lion pride – Dawie Jacobs

Monday, 25 December 2017
(23ºC)

  • The Hukumuri male leopard moving south from Shinzele road
  • The Xidulu female leopard moving west on Rhulani
  • Two Lionesses from the Breakaway pride resting on Shombane road
  • Six buffalo bulls feeding around Kimbeans crossing
  • A breeding herd of ten elephants feeding on Francolin road
  • Another breeding herd of about twenty elephants drinking water at EP open area
  • Styx lion pride resting on Little Gowrie/Wessels cutline

 

Tuesday, 26 December 2017
(29ºC)

  • The Tsalala lion pride resting on Saseka road
  • A breeding herd of ten elephants feeding at Serengeti crossing
  • Six buffalo bulls resting at Kraaines
  • Nsele the female leopard, moving south towards PU corner
  • Two lionesses of the Breakaway pride hunting a buffalo on Robsons boundary
  • The Hukumuri male leopard, resting at Scops crossing
  • Thamba the male leopard resting on Brown ivory extension
  • Hosana the male leopard, resting south of Treehouse pan
     

 

Wednesday, 27 December 2017
(30ºC)

  • A pack of five wild dogs resting on Mafufunyane road
  • The Nkuhuma lion pride resting at Seef`s Pan road
  • Tiyani the female leopard, resting on Hawk eagle road 

African wild dog – Dawie Jacobs

 

Thursday, 28 December 2017
(31ºC)

  • Shadow the female leopard moving south towards her cub from Lucas open area
  • Styx lion pride and one Birmingham resting at Baboon pan
  • Xidulu the female leopard moving along Madash road
  • The Nkuhuma lion pride resting at Boundary pan
  • One elephant bull feeding on Safari driveway
  • Tiyani the female leopard, resting on Josie`s road
     
 
Friday, 29 December 2017
(25ºC)
  • The Nkuhuma lion pride resting on Easternbank Manyeleti
  • Tiyani the female leopard, resting north of Ntoma crossing
  • Three buffalo bulls feeding on Elephant Carcass road
  • One elephant bull feeding at Rhino Ring East
     
 
Saturday, 30 December 2017
(23ºC)
  • The Nkuhuma lion pride resting at EP open area
  • A breeding herd of about thirty elephants drinking water at EP Open area
  • A Pack of five wild dogs resting on Safari driveway
  • Styx lion pride and one Birmingham lion resting at Lucas Open area

    Young hyena heading back to the den – Dawie Jacobs

Sunday, 31 December 2017
(30ºC) 30mm
  • Hosana, the male leopard, resting at Mike`s Kitchen
  • Nkuhuma lion pride resting at Simbambili Dam
  • Two elephant bulls feeding around Pommies pan
  • One elephant bull drinking water at Simbambili dam
     

 

 

 

 

 

Big 5 Sightings 18 to 24 December 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was Xidulu female leopard, resting on termite mound at Simbambili firebreak

Xidulu the female leopard – Dawie Jacobs

Monday, 18 December 2017
(42ºC)
  • A bachelor group of buffalo bulls resting on Rhino Ring East
  • Tiyani, the female leopard resting on EP airstrip
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants drinking water at EP Pan
  • One elephant bull feeding on Shirley’s open area
  • Five African wild dogs running south on MMM South
  • Another elephant bull feeding on Serengeti open area
  • Five buffalo bulls resting on Mamba Road

 

Tuesday, 19 December 2017
(32ºC)
  •  Five African wild dogs resting at Treehouse Pan
  • The daughter of Shadow, the female leopard resting in the Mholowati
  • The Styx pride of lions resting on Wessels/Little Gowrie cutline
  • One elephant bull feeding on MMM North
  • Two buffalo bulls resting on Puffadder Road
  • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on A-main

 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017
(30ºC)
  •  Fourteen members of the Breakaway Tsalala pride resting on Impala road
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, moving south over Marula Bult Central
  • A breeding herd of fifteen elephants feeding at Grizzly Bear crossing
  • Moya the female leopard, scent marking on Kudu Drift

Wild dogs resting at a pan – Dawie Jacobs

 

Thursday, 21 December 2017
(34ºC)
  • One of the Birmingham male lions moving east along Gowrie Main
  • Nine buffalo bulls feeding on Sawmill road
  • One elephant bull feeding at EP Manyeleti Crossing
  • A breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding along Marula Bult Central
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, resting at Horsehoe open area

 

Friday, 22 December 2017
(36ºC)
  • The Styx lion pride feeding on their zebra kill at Safari Airstrip
  • Xidulu, the female leopard, resting on termite mound at Simbambili firebreak
  • A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Grizzly Bear crossing
  • About six buffalo bulls drinking water at Rhino Pan
  • Another group of nine buffalo bulls resting on Mamba road
 
Saturday, 23 December 2017
(32ºC)
  • Xidulu the female leopard, resting on Madash road
  • Six buffalo bulls resting at Serengeti Pan
  • One elephant bull feeding around Boundary pan
  • A herd of about twenty elephants feeding around Simbambili Safari cutline
  • Styx lion pride resting on Wessels Old driveway

Playful Hyena – Dawie Jacobs

 
Sunday, 24 December 2017
(30ºC)
  • A pack of ten wild dogs feeding on their impala kill at Leeukuil
  • Hukumuri, the male leopard, resting on Road 7
  • Four cubs of the Styx lion pride resting on Wessels Old driveway
  • Tingana, the male leopard, resting on Chitwa cutline
  • Anderson, the male leopard, moving west on Rhino Ring South
  • Tiyani, the female leopard being chased into a tree by hyenas and a pack of ten wild dogs around Wetpatch open area
  • A breeding herd of ten elephants feeding on Serengeti open area

 

 

 

 

 

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
     

 

 

 

 

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