Weekly Big Five Sightings 11 – 17 December 2023

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African wild dogs, by Jordan Nell

Monday, 11 December 2023

(22°C 18 mm rain)

  • The Talamati break aways consisting of one adult female and three sub-adults, feeding on an impala ram at PU corner.
  • The two Black dam male lions with five Nkuhuma lioness, feeding on a young giraffe at Ngala open.
  • Tiyani the female leopard, mobile West from Rhino Ring west.
  • The four Kambula male lions, static at the junction of Rhino Pan Road with Nyati road.

Tuesday, 12 December 2023

(26°C)

  • A breeding herd of approximately two hundred cape buffalo, mobile West from Our Fathers crossing.
  • The four Kambula male lions with one Kambula young female, sleeping on Elephant Plains airstrip.
  • A pack of twelve wild dogs, mobile East along Elephant Plains driveway.
  • The unfortunate event of witnessing two Nkuhuma lionesses killing Tiyani, the female leopard’s four-month-old cub. (the sighting was immediately closed as guides were unaware of lion’s present)
  • Makhomsava, the female leopard mobile north east from Central Road.
  • Two Black Dam male lions mobile east along Second Windmill Road.
  • One African elephant bull drinking water at Elephant Plains Open Area.

Wednesday, 13 December 2023

(34°C)

  • Elephant Plains spotted hyena den active with three adults and six pups.
  • Breeding herd of approximately twenty African elephants mobile east along Arathusa Main Road.
  • Kambula pride of lions consisting of four males and one female stationary on the southern side of Arathusa Safari Airstrip.
  • Makhomsava, the female leopard stationary on a fallen over tree along Arathusa Main Road.
  • Tortoise Pan, the male leopard stationary on a termite mound on the Londolozi Boundary.
  • Laluka, the female leopard mobile north from African Hawk Eagle Road.
  • Nkuhuma pride of lions consisting of eight lioness feeding on a waterbuck kill east of Big Dam Link South.

Tiyani, the female leopard by Jordan Nell

Thursday, 14 December 2023

(32°C)

  • Nkuhuma pride of lions consisting of ten lioness and one Black Dam male lion stationary on Kudu Drift junction Seepline West.
  • A breeding herd of approximately five hundred Cape buffalo mobile north on the Othawa Boundary.
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her 11 month old male cub having a social interaction with Tortoise Pan, the male leopard on Shinzele Road.

Friday, 15 December 2023

(30°C)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard mobile north along Madash.
  • A breeding herd of approximately two hundred and fifty Cape buffalo drinking water at Arathusa Safari Lodge Dam.
  • One Black Dam male lion stationary on First Windmill Road.
  • A breeding herd of eight African elephants feeding along Horseshoe East.

Saturday, 16 December 2023

(27°C 22mm rain)

  • Elephant Plains spotted hyena den active with one adults and four pups.
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and her 11 month old male cub mobile north from Arathusa Simbambili Cutline.
  • One Kambula male lion stationary at Arathusa Safari Dam.

Laluka, the female leopard, by Jordan Nell

Sunday, 17 December 2023

(31°C)

  • One African elephant bull feeding on the Torchwood Buffelshoek Boundary.
  • One Unidentified male lion mobile east from Baobab Dam.

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