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Manager’s Report November 2015

Manager’s Report November 2015

The final countdown has arrived... Just one more month till we welcome a brand new year. With the bush now once again wearing its bright summer colours, we are looking forward to an eventful summer! Game viewing has been amazing and with all the new babies born this...

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Big 5 Sightings 09 to 15 June 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see two male lions of the Matimba coalition marking their territory.   Monday, 09 June 2014 (24ºC)  The Styx lion pride still feeding on the buffalo kill on Little Gowrie driveway One buffalo bull feeding on Safari driveway...

Manager’s Report May 2014

Wild photo of the month Winter has arrived! The days are getting shorter and the evenings longer, with sunrise being much later and sunset much earlier. The morning game drives start off quite chilly, but then heats up towards the end of the morning drive and the...

Rangers Report May 2014

The bush has totally transformed in some areas as they changed from the lush green color to the pale yellow of the winter. As soon as the sun disappears behind the mountains to the west the temperatures drop in such a way that you are aware of the fact that it is...

Big 5 Sightings 02 to 08 June 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to have all four the Majingi male lions on our property for the whole day.   Monday, 2 June 2014 (27ºC)  Salayexe, the female leopard and her two cubs, resting north of Rhulani Road The Styx lion pride resting on Eastern Bank...

Big 5 Sightings 26 May to 01 June 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see Salayexe, the female leopard, stalking and killing an impala on Horseshoe open area.   Monday, 26 May 2014 (24ºC) A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Shirley’s open area Salayexe, the female leopard,...

Big 5 Sightings 19 to 25 May 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see Shadow, the female leopard, feeding on an impala kill on Seef’s Pan Road. Monday, 19 May 2014 (23ºC) Two buffalo bulls feeding on Tsololo Road Tingana, the male leopard, mating with Shadow, the female leopard, on 15th...

Weekly Big 5 Sightings 12 to 18 May 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to find an active hyena den close to our Lodge.   Monday, 12 May 2014 (28ºC)  A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding at Mhisi Mati One buffalo bull resting in EP/Manyeleti Crossing Two buffalo bulls resting in...

Big 5 Sightings 05 to 11 May 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see Shadow, the female leopard, hunting and killing an impala on Ellie Elley.   Monday, 5 May 2014 (28ºC)  Tingana, the male leopard, moving south from EP open area A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on...

Manager’s Report April 2014

The season is busy changing to autumn and together with that, we’ve also had a big change at the lodge. As you have read in last month’s report, we’ve said goodbye to Wayne Dovey after almost ten years at Elephant Plains. He did a great job managing the lodge since...

Rangers Report April 2014

During April we once again had some amazing sightings, including wild dogs hunting in our area and so much more! With the seasons changing, we’ve reached that special time of the year when all the male antelope, like the impala, show off their strength. Yes, believe...

Big 5 Sightings 28 April to 04 May 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see twelve wild dogs hunting and killing a bushbuck on Mamba Road.   Monday, 28 April 2014 (24ºC) The Styx lion pride resting north of Safari driveway Shadow, the female leopard, moving north with her cub from Seef’s Pan...

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Big 5 Sightings 21 to 27 April 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see Salayexe, the female leopard, resting up in a tree on EP Delivery Road.   Monday, 21 April 2014 (30ºC)  The Breakaway lion pride feeding on an Aardvark on Rhino Pan Road The Styx lion pride resting on Parallel open area...

Big 5 Sightings 14 to 20 April 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see all four Majingilane male lions resting on Ingwe open area.   Monday, 14 April 2014 (30ºC)  A breeding herd of about thirty elephants feeding on A-main Four elephant bulls feeding at Knobthorn pan Another breeding herd...

Manager’s Report March 2014

Wild Photo of the Month Well!! It happened for the fourth time in a row. But with the exception of this year not taking place during January, but March instead! I am sure you must know what I am about to say? Yes, you are right… It flooded once again! We sat around...

Rangers Report March 2014

This month was once again full of surprises, action and so much more! We really had a lot of rain, 365mm in total, which resulted in some massive flooding that was quite uncommon for this time of the year. All this water made driving both on and off the roads somewhat...

Big 5 Sightings 07 to 13 April 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see the 3 Styx lion pride cubs playing around in the rain.   Monday, 7 April 2014 (31ºC)  Four sub-adult Styx lions resting on Seef’s Pan Road One elephant bull feeding on Horseshoe open area Two buffalo bulls resting on...