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Manager’s Report April 2017

Manager’s Report April 2017

Wild photo of the month by Paul, Sue and Mark Johnstone April was another perfect month at the lodge. The bush and surrounds have changed a bit after the rain we had. The trees and grass transformed from a pale brown, to green overnight. One can still see that we are...

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Rangers Report April 2017

Rangers Report April 2017

April was another exciting month to be out in the bush. The rutting season started and the Impala males were quite busy sizing each other up. At this stage, we have not seen a lot of full-blown fights yet. I think that the males will really start battling it out next...

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Recent Big 5 Sightings

Big 5 Sightings 12 to 18 June 2017

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see Nchila, the female leopard, resting up in a tree with Nsele, the female leopard, resting under the tree and Salayexe, the female leopard, resting close by on Sawmill Road   Monday, 12 June 2017 (28ºC) Three lionesses...

Big 5 Sightings 05 to 11 June 2017

The highlight of the week was to see a pangolin moving west from Ngala open area. Monday, 5 June 2017 (28ºC) Five lions from the Nkuhuma pride resting with their six cubs and one Birmingham male lion on Simbambili/Safari cutline One elephant bull drinking water at...

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. 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...

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   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...

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. 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...

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 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,...