Weekly Big Five Sightings 8 – 14 April 2024

Red Hawk, male leopard. Photo By Nicholas Greeff

Monday, 8 April 2024

(24°C)

  • The Talamati pride of lions stationary North of Vuyatela Dam.
  • Red Hawk, the male leopard mobile East between East West Cutline and Hunters Moon Access.
  • A breeding herd of approximately thirty cape buffalo feeding at the junction of Elephant Carcass and Sawmill.
  • One Kambula Male Lion mobile West from Shirleys open area.
  • A pack of 3 African wild dogs running around and vocalizing at Shirleys Open.
  • Laluka, the female Leopard static on a termite mound off of First Windmill Road.
  • Pack of thirteen African wild dogs feeding on a Waterbuck carcass North of Cruse Camp.

 

Tuesday, 9 April 2024

(27°C)

  • Elephant Plains spotted hyena den active with three adults.
  • A breeding herd of eight African elephants feeding around Staff Camp Mati.
  • A breeding herd of ten African elephants mobile North from Shirleys Crossing.
  • Two African elephant bulls feeding at Gaby’s Open.

 

Wednesday, 10 April 2024

(30°C)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard stationary at The Rocks.
  • Langa, the female leopard stationary North of Arathusa Main Road junction Lowveld Link.
  • Nhenhe, the young male leopard stationary on Arathusa Safari Simbambili Cutline West of Southern Fork.
  • One cape buffalo bull mobile south from Bushbuck Dam

Tiyani, the female leopar. Photo By Nicholas Greeff

Thursday, 11 April 2024

(24°C)

  • Talamati Male Lion resting on the Northern end of Elephant Plains Airstrip.
  • Makhomsava resting in a tree close to Buff Pan.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions consisting of five lioness and one young male mobile North from Rhino Ring West.
  • One Kambula Male Lion stationary at the rocks.
  • Pack of thirteen African Wild Dogs playing around Jordaan’s Dam.

 

Friday, 12 April 2024

(26°C)

  • Herd of approximately thirty cape buffalo at Gabys Open Area with one of the females giving birth.
  • One Kambula male lion stationary on Mfezi junction Kudu Drift.
  • Laluka, the female leopard stationary in a tree West of Fifteen Crossing Road.
  • A breeding herd of eighteen African elephants feeding at Rhulani Pan.
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and Nhenhe, the young male leopard stationary on the dam wall at Simbambili Dam.

Saturday, 13 April 2024

(27°C)

  • Three cape buffalo bulls mobile South on Elephant Plains Driveway.
  • One Kambula male lion mobile West on the Firebreak crossing the Pungwe.
  • Elephant Plains spotted hyena den active with five adults, six juveniles and one cub.
  • A breeding herd of eighteen African elephants mobile South from Xihumbane.
  • Tortoise Pan, the male leopard and a breeding herd of approximately thirty cape buffalo stationary at Gaby’s Causeway.

Tiyani, the female leopard. Photo By Nicholas Greeff

Sunday, 14 April 2024

(28°C)

  • One Kambula male lion and one Nkuhuma lioness stationary at Pommies Pan.
  • Nhenhe, the young male leopard stationary in a Marula tree on the Firebreak West of Simbambili Dam.
  • The Nkuhuma pride consisting of five lioness, one sub adult male and the Talamati male lion stationary East of Simbambili Dam on the Firebreak.
  • A small breeding herd of six African Elephants mobile North on Pan to Pan.

 

Weekly Big Five Sightings 1 – 7 April 2024

Nhenhe, the young male leopard. Photo by Nicholas Greeff

Monday, 1 April 2024

(30°C)

  • Pack of nine African Wild Dogs stationary on the Northern side of Safari Dam.
  • Herd of ten African Elephants drinking water in front of Simbambili.
  • Laluka the female Leopard mobile North from Second Windmill Road.
  • One Buffalo Bull stationary on EP Flood Plains.
  • Six Nkuhuma lioness and one Talamati male lion mobile West on powerline road.

 

Tuesday, 2 April 2024

(31°C)

  • Laluka, the female leopard mobile west from Madash junction with EP/Shirleys cutline.
  • Tiyani, the female leopard mobile west from 2nd
  • Two African Wild dogs feeding on an impala carcass at Serengeti crossing.
  • A pack of seven African wild dogs resting around Kraaines Pan.

Wednesday, 3 April 2024

(32°C)

  • Nhenhe, the young male leopard static in Safari Donga North.
  • Four Kambula Male Lions and one Kambula lioness chasing four Nkuhuma lioness and one Nkuhuma young male lion off of a buffalo carcass on Simbambili driveway.
  • Herd of eight African elephants mobile North from Londolozi Drift.
  • Makhomsava, the female leopard mobile south from safari lodge.
  • Herd of around thirty Cape Buffalo stationary on Buffelshoek Gowrie cutline.
  • Langa, the female leopard being chased by a small herd of elephants on the southern end of safari airstrip.

African wild dogs. Photo by Nicholas Greeff

Thursday, 4 April 2024

(32°C)

  • Tortoise Pan, the male leopard mobile East from Rampan.
  • Six Nkuhuma lioness static at Bushcamp East, Bushcamp West junction.
  • Four Kambula male lions and one Kambula lioness feeding on a buffalo carcass on Simbambili driveway.

Friday, 5 April 2024

(35°C 2mm Rain)

  • Nhenhe, the young male leopard stationary East of Pump Track.
  • A pack of seven African wild dogs stationary on Avoca Link.
  • One cape buffalo bull mobile West along Xihumbane Road.
  • Four Kambula male l s and one Kambula lioness stationary at Ngala Open.
  • Breeding herd of eight African elephants feeding South of Kimbions Crossing.

Saturday, 6 April 2024

(25°C 3mm Rain)

  • Laluka, the female leopard mobile North from Rhino Ring Central.
  • One Nkuhuma lioness stationary at Leeukuil Pan.
  • A pack of fourteen African wild dogs mobile South from Weavers Nest.
  • Three Nkuhuma lioness stationary on Gowrie Main.
  • One Talamati male lion mobile East along the Firebreak from Simbambili Dam.
  • Talamati pride consisting of three lions mobile South from Hardekool Lodge.
  • A small herd of approximately twenty cape buffalo mobile South from Kudu Drift.
  • The Kruger male lion stationary at Secret Clearing.

Makhomsava, the female leopard. Photo by Jordan Delvecchio

Sunday, 7 April 2024

(23°C)

  • Talamati pride consisting of two individuals mobile East from MalaMala Main North of Powerlines Road.
  • Makhomsava, the female leopard and Lolohisa stationary on Kudu Drift.
  • A breeding herd of approximately fifty African elephants feeding on Londoz Drift.

Weekly Big Five Sightings 25-31 March 2024

Xidulu, the female leopard. Photo by Jordan Delvecchio

Monday, 25 March 2024

(26°C)

  • The Kruger male lion and four Torchwood lioness hunting greater kudu on Dolerite Road.
  • A Pack of two African wild dogs mobile East on Buffelshoek Gowrie Cutline.
  • Two Cape buffalo bulls stationary on Simbambili Driveway.
  • Makhomsava, the female leopard stationary in a marula tree on Seepline East.
  • Xinzele, the female leopard mobile South on Milkberry.
  • Nhenhe, the young male leopard feeding on a grey duiker kill in a marula tree on Tjololo.
  • Two African elephant bulls feeding at Five-way Junction.

Tuesday, 26 March 2024

(28°C, 10mm Rain)

  • The Elephant Plains spotted hyena den active with three adults and seven cubs.
  • Nhene, the young male leopard stationary in a marula tree on Tjololo.
  • One Cape buffalo bull stationary on the firebreak Erast of Simbambili Driveway.
  • The Talamati pride of lions stationary on Buffelshoek Gowrie Cutline junction Baobab.
  • Redhawk, the male leopard mobile North from Buffelshoek East West Cutline.
  • Four Torchwood lioness mobile North from Cruise Camp Airstrip.

Wednesday, 27 March 2024

(30°C)

  • A Pack of nine African wild dogs stationary in the tamboti thickets on Leadwood.
  • Elephant Plains spotted hyena den active with two adults and seven cubs.
  • A breeding herd of ten African elephants drinking water at Leeukuil Pan.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions consisting of eight lioness and one young male mobile North from Big Dam.
  • Langa, the female leopard stationary on a dead tree on Airport Link.

African wild dog. Photo by Jordan Delvecchio

Thursday, 28 March 2024

(29°C)

  • Talamati pride of lions consisting of three individuals stationary on the firebreak East of Simbambili Dam.
  • Tortoise Pan, the male leopard mobile North on Lowveld Link.
  • Two African elephant bulls feeding at Rulani Open Area.
  • Nhenhe, the young male leopard chasing francolins at Knobthorn Open Area.
  • The Torchwood pride of lions consisting of four lioness hunting waterbuck at Bushbuck Dam.

Friday, 29 March 2024

(29°C)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard mobile North between Guarri Central and Bushcamp West.
  • Makhomsava, the female leopard with an impala ram kill East of Arathusa Safari Airstrip.
  • A breeding herd of approximately fifty African elephants around Seef’s Pan.
  • The Talamati pride of lions hunting impala around Mehluane Open Area.

Saturday, 30 March 2024

(26°C)

  • The Talamati pride of lions sleeping off of Parallel road, South of Zebra drive.
  • Breeding herd of 3 African Elephants feeding in Rulani Open Area.
  • Two Cape buffalo bulls stationary in the Firebreak West of Elephant Plains Driveway.
  • One African elephant bull feeding on Elephant Plains Driveway.
  • Kruger, male lion stationary on Tortoise Pan Road.
  • Watika, the female leopard stationary in a marula tree on Zebra Wood Road.

Laluka, the female Leopard. Photo by Jordan Delvecchio

Sunday, 31 March 2024

(26°C, 1mm Rain)

  • Tortoise Pan, the male leopard mating with Tiyani, the female leopard East of Boerbean Open.
  • Xidulu, the female leopard and Nhenhe, the young male leopard mobile West on Horseshoe East.
  • Breeding herd of ten African elephants feeding at Elephant Plains Open Area.

 

 

 

Big Five Sightings 18-24 March

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 18 March 2024

(27°C)

  • Tiyani, the female leopard mobile East from Shinzele Road.
  • The Northern Avoca male lion and three Nkuhuma males stationary on Simbambili Driveway.
  • The Elephant Plains spotted hyena den active with two adults and six cubs.
  • Two African elephant bulls drinking water at Bushcamp Pan.

Tuesday, 19 March 2024

(34°C)

  • Three African elephant bulls feeding along Elephant Plains Airstrip.
  • Xidulu, the female leopard stationary in a marula tree North of Arathusa Main Road.
  • Nhenhe, the young male leopard hunting nyala on Parallel Road South of Knobthorn Open.
  • The Elephant Plains spotted hyena den active with two adults and six cubs.

Wednesday, 20 March 2024

(32°C)

  • A breeding herd of approximately one hundred Cape buffalo mobile South on Kudu Drift.
  • The Northern Avoca male lion and three Nkuhuma males trailing behind the herd of Cape buffalo on Kudu Drift.
  • The Elephant Plains spotted hyena den active with four cubs and one adult.
  • Two African elephant bulls drinking at Kraaines Pan.
  • Laluka, the female leopard mobile North from Elephant Plains Arathusa Private Cutline junction Kraaines.
  • Tiyani, the female leopard mobile North from Wetpatch Open Area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 21 March 2024

(27°C, 5 mm Rain)

  • Nhenhe, the young male leopard stationary at Matandaluka Pan.
  • Two African elephants mobile North from Gowrie Gate.
  • Tiyani, the female leopard made an impala kill South of Elephant Plains Lodge on the Firebreak.
  • A breeding herd of twenty African elephants mobile West from Elephant Carcass.
  • African wildcat with a rodent kill Southern side of Elephant Plains Airstrip.
  • Talamati Breakaway pride of lions stationary at Tripple Pan.

Friday, 22 March 2024

(28°C, 4 mm Rain)

  • Makhomsava, the female leopard mobile West from Grass Cut junction Mkombe.
  • The Nkuhuma pride of lions consisting of eight individuals stationary at Tamboti Open.
  • Tiyani, the female leopard feeding on her impala kill South of Elephant Plains Lodge.
  • Breeding herd of approximately twenty Cape buffalo feeding at Quarantine Open.

Saturday, 23 March 2024

(28°C, 18 mm Rain)

  • Nhenhe, the young male leopard stationary at Boundary Pan.
  • The Elephant Plains spotted hyena den active with six cubs.
  • Makhomsava, the female leopard with a steenbok kill North of Konkoni junction Arathusa Safari Arathusa Private Cutline.
  • Tiyani, the female leopard made an impala kill South of Elephant Plains Lodge on the Firebreak.
  • The Talamati pride consisting of one adult female and two sub adults, feeding on a kudu bull east of Sandy Patch on the fire break.
  • Xidulu, the female leopard sleeping on Horse Shoe East.
  • Three elephant cows, feeding at five way junction.

Ottawa Sand Pack playing around.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 24 March 2024

(26°C)

  • The Talamati pride consisting of one adult female and two sub adults, feeding on a kudu bull east of Sandy Patch on the fire break.
  • Lalluka, the female leopard feeding on an impala kill west of Wet Patch Road.
  • Xidulu, the female leopard with Nhenhe, the young male leopard mobile east from Xigodi pan.

 

 

 

Big Five Sightings 11-17 March

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 11 March 2024

(35°C)

  • The four Nkuhuma male lions, sleeping at Bush Camp west.
  • Tiyani the female leopard, hunting impala at Leeukuil.
  • Nine Nkuhuma female Lioness, sleeping at Londolozi Boundary junction with Grass-Cut.
  • Tiyani the female leopard, feeding on an impala in a Jackelberry tree at Elephant Plains flood plain.
  • The four Nkuhuma male lions, sleeping at the inflow of Leeukuil.

 

Tuesday, 12 March 2024

(25°C)

  • Makhomsava the female leopard, feeding on a grey duiker on Central Road junction with Arathusa Safari air strip.
  • One Nkuhuma lioness, moving north from Londolozi boundary.
  • Loloyisa the young female leopard, moving north from Central road.
  • Xidulu the female leopard, sleeping on Arathusa Safari driveway east of the airstrip.

 

Wednesday, 13 March 2024

(33°C)

  • Six Nkuhuma female lions and one Nkuhuma young male, sleeping in bush willow thicket west of Gabey’s cause way.
  • Two elephant bulls, feeding on Robson boundary south of Poacher’s corner.
  • One bull elephant, feeding at the junction of Mabuza Road and the fire break.
  • Tiyani the female leopard, feeding on an impala in a jackelberry tree at Elephant Plains flood plain.
  • Two elephant bulls, feeding at Elephant Plains open area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 14 March 2024

(27°C)

  • Nhehne the young male leopard, sleeping at the junction of Zebra drive and Elly alley.
  • A breeding herd of six elephants at Mtunduluka pan.
  • A breeding herd of 100 buffalo, sleeping at the junction of A-Main and Mkombe Road.
  • Tortoise pan the male leopard, hunting whorthog east of Sandy patch.
  • A pack of fourteen wild dogs, sleeping east of Boer bean open.

 

Friday, 15 March 2024

(24°C)

  • One Elephant bull, feeding at the entrance to Arathusa Safari lodge.
  • Xidulu the female leopard and her son Nhenhe the young male leopard, fighting with Tiyani the female Leopard east of Marula Bolt four way junction.
  • A pack of fourteen wild dogs, mobile east from bush camp pan.
  • Two Nkuhuma lioness, mobile west from A-main towards Big Dam.

 

Saturday, 16 March 2024

(37°C)

  • The EP hyena den was active with six cubs and three adults.
  • Tiyani the female leopard, hunting impala at Gabey’s open area/ Robsons Boundary.
  • A pack of 9 wild dogs, hunting on Elephants Plains airstrip.
  • Two elephant bulls, feeding on Big Dam Link south.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 17 March 2024

(31°C)

  • A pack of 9 wild dogs, mobile South along A-main from Elephant plains airstrip.
  • The four Kambula male lions with one Kambula female lion, sleeping at the junction of Southern Fork and Cutline.
  • Tortoise Pan the male leopard, mobile north from Rhulani towards Xinzele Road.
  • Xidulu the female leopard and Nhenhe the young male leopard, sleeping north of Zebra Drive junction with MMM.

 

 

Big 5 Sightings 4 – 10 March 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 4 March 2024

(33°C)

  • Xidulu the female leopard, stationary on 1st Windmill Road.
  • A pack of 14 African wild dogs, moving north from Bushbuck Dam into the Manyeleti Game Reserve.
  • Red Hawk the male leopard, hunting impala on Hunters Moon Access.
  • The Talamati Breakaway pride of lions, sleeping on Sandy Patch Road close to the junction of Vuyetela Access.
  • Maribye the male leopard, feeding in a tree on an impala on Hardekool Access.

 

Tuesday, 5 March 2024

(35°C)

  • Two Black Dam male lions, trailing a herd of around 200 buffalo from Pipit Road towards Buffelshoek Airstrip.
  • Maribye the male leopard, feeding in a tree on an impala on Hardekool Access.
  • A breeding herd of around eight elephants, crossing EP Driveway in a westerly direction.
  • Tiyani the female leopard, mobile west from Wetpatch drinks stop.
  • A pack of 14 African wild dogs, moving north along EP airstrip.
  • Xidulu the female leopard, sleeping on the inflow to Simbambili Dam.
  • One buffalo bull, mobile west through Tamboti Crossing.

 

Game viewer enjoying a sighting of elephants

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 6 March 2024

(40°C)

  • The Talamati Breakaway pride of lions, sleeping at Djuma Dam.
  • Nine Nkuhuma Lioness and one Nkuhuma young male lion, sleeping at Buffelshoek Dam
  • Tortoise Pan the male leopard, feeding on an impala carcass in a marula tree on First Right close to Sawmill junction.
  • One elephant bull, drinking water at Khayamanzi Dam.

Thursday, 7 March 2024

(36°C)

  • Nine Nkuhuma Lioness and one Nkuhuma young male lion, feeding on two Wildebeest carcasses on Vrystaad clearing.
  • A breeding herd of around 100 buffalo, feeding along East/West Cutline East of Python Road.
  • Tiyani the female leopard, mobile South along A-Main over the Mzimba River bridge.
  • Four Nkuhuma male lions, feeding on a buffalo cow carcass west of Elephant Plains Lodge.
  • A breeding herd of around 100 buffalo, drinking water from Rhino Pan.
  • A breeding herd of around 20 elephants, feeding between Hawk-Eagle and EP Airstrip.

 

Friday, 8 March 2024

(33°C)

  • The Northern Avoca male lion and 3 Nkuhuma male lions, feeding on a buffalo cow carcass West of Elephant Plains Lodge.
  • EP hyena den active with one cub.
  • One elephant bull, mobile along Francolin towards EP Driveway.
  • Xidulu the female leopard, drinking water from Simbambili Dam.

 

 

Saturday, 9 March 2024

(34°C)

  • The Northern Avoca male lion and 3 Nkuhuma male lions, feeding on a buffalo cow carcass West of Elephant Plains Lodge.
  • Tiyani the female leopard, hunting scrub hare between Drongo South and Francolin.
  • EP hyena den active with 3 adults and 6 cubs.
  • A pack of fourteen African wild dogs, successfully hunting impala on Pump Track.
  • Laluka the female leopard, moving West in the drainage line behind Big Dam Wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 10 March 2024

(34°C)

  • The Northern Avoca male lion and 3 Nkuhuma male lions, feeding on a buffalo cow carcass West of Elephant Plains Lodge
  • A pack of fourteen African wild dogs, moving South along Grass Cut from A-Main.
  • Three bull elephants, drinking from Baobab Dam.
  • Timbavati the male leopard, chewing on a wildebeest head at Tripple Pan.
  • Xidulu the female leopard crossing, East over the Northern end of Safari Airstrip.

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