Tag-Archive for ◊ Lions ◊

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• Tuesday, October 08th, 2013

Sunday 29 September 2013

  • 1 Elephant bull at Koppie rd
  • 1 White rhino bull
  • A breeding herd of 30 elephants feeding close to Tora dam
  • A herd of 300 buffaloes close to Pride Rock

Monday 30 September 2013

  • A herd of 300 buffaloes next to Cub drive
  • A breeding herd of 15 elephants close to Tambotie dam
  • 2 Lionesses and 8 cubs at the 2/3 cutline
  • 4 Elephant bulls at 1/2 cutline
  • 2 Elephant bulls at Makoti loop
  • 2 White rhino bulls
  • A herd of 300 buffaloes close to Lannea rd

Tuesday 1 October 2013

  • 2 Male lions resting close to Top rd
  • A breeding herd of 10 elephants feeding close to Pondoro main rd
  • 2 Elephant bulls next to Xigamba rd
  • 1 Black rhino bull ( Zulu )

Wednesday 2 October 2013

  • 5 Elephant bulls feeding close to Koppie rd
  • A breeding herd of 20 elephants next to Olifants rd
  • 2 Elephant bulls at Kambaku rd
  • 1 Lioness making contact calls at Kudu weg
  • A herd of 300 buffaloes at Peter’s Rock
  • 4 Elephant bulls at Pondoro camp
  • 1 Elephant bull feeding next to Ngala dam

Thursday 3 October 2013

  • A herd of 300 buffaloes at Duke’s pan
  • 2 White rhino bulls
  • A breeding herd of 10 elephants close to Pondoro main rd
  • A herd of 20 buffaloes grazing next to Nongo Noko rd
  • A breeding herd of 10 elephants feeding at Pondoro lodge at the river

Friday 4 October 2013

  • 1 Female leopard at an impala kill close to Tora dam
  • 6 Lionesses and 8 cubs resting next to Top rd
  • A herd of 300 buffaloes close to Peter’s rock
  • 3 White rhino bulls grazing
  • 1 Female leopard drinking at Bushbuck dam
  • 1 White rhino bull
  • A breeding herd of 25 elephants in front of Pondoro lodge

Saturday 5 October 2013

  • A breeding herd of 8 elephants at Pondoro main rd
  • A breeding herd of 20 elephants at Impalabos west/Hearne cutline
  • A herd of 300 buffaloes wallowing at Xigamba dam
  • A herd of 20 buffaloes resting close to Mamba rd
  • 5 Lionesses at Deadend dam
  • 1 Black rhino ( Zulu )
  • 1 Female leopard at an impala kill at Tora dam
  • A breeding herd of 300 buffaloes next to Kwarri rd
  • A breeding herd of 15 elephants next to Olifants rd

 

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• Monday, April 15th, 2013

Sunday 3 March 2013

  • 3 Lionesses stalking warthogs at Barnard airstrip
  • A herd of 200 buffaloes sleeping at Coert’s new rd
  • A big herd of buffaloes at Mamba rd

Monday 4 March 2013

  • 4 Elephant cows feeding at Top rd
  • A herd of about 200 buffaloes grazing next to Reguit pad
  • 2 Male lions resting at Ngwenya dam
  • 1 Black rhino browsing

Tuesday 5 March 2013

  • 2 White rhinos grazing
  • A breeding herd of 20 elephants feeding close to Xibejuane dam
  • 2 White rhino bulls and one cow at Coert’s new rd
  • 1 Lioness and 3 cubs playing at Shortcut rd

Wednesday 6 March 2013

  • 1 Lioness carrying her 3 cubs at 4/5 cutline
  • 1 Elephant bull feeding close to Hongonyi rd
  • 1 Male leopard ( Chavaluthu ) resting at East/west cutline

Thursday 7 March 2013

  • A herd of about 200 buffaloes feeding close to Mohlabetsi/Hearne cutline
  • 2 Elephant bulls walking along Reguit pad
  • 4 Lionesses walking past Barnard airstrip
  • 1 White rhino bull
  • 6 Elephants feeding next to Matangi rd

Friday 8 March 2013

  • A herd of 100 buffaloes feeding along Transport rd
  • A breeding herd of 10 elephants feeding at Baksteen rd
  • 1 Male cheetah resting at Waterkant rd
  • 1 Male leopard ( Chavaluthu ) lying next to his impala kill

Saturday 9 March 2013

  • 1 Male leopard at his impala kill
  • A black rhino bull and cow browsing at 8/9 cutline
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• Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Mark took this video close to Pride rock on the 25th of March. He found the cubs again after a lengthy search much to the delight of the guests in his safari vehicle. The area around Pride rock is very rocky which makes it an ideal place for lions to hide their cubs as it provides safety from other predators. Their are about 5 -6 den sites spread out over the area and eager guides often go there first thing in the morning looking for the elusive cubs.

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• Friday, March 08th, 2013

I dug through the archives and found 2 videos that summed up and showed the personality of Big Boy the best. The first one is at a waterbuck kill and instead of feeding Big Boy spent most of his time chasing and harassing the 3 young males, we later called the Singwe males.

The 2nd video was taken by a guest during a walking safari and true to his nature the first reaction of Big Boy upon seeing the intruders was to charge. Lions actually does not charge that often and would rather just quietly slink or run away when spotting people approaching on foot. He was the exception and then started teaching this behavior to the others of the pride putting the Pondoro guides in more than just a tight spot. He made more men out of boys than Paris Hilton ever did!

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• Thursday, March 07th, 2013

Mark and his guests had the rare privilege to find the lioness and her 3 cubs yesterday morning. The mother then proceeded to pick one up and took it to a new den site about 300 meters away. She then came back and fetched the others one by one. Very few people have managed to see this in the wild as cubs of this size are normally hidden in very thick bush far from any roads. Pondoro safari cruisers can drive off road making rare sightings like this possible. This one of the big advantages of visiting a private safari lodge as off road driving are not really permitted in Kruger National Park due to the number of private vehicles driving around.