Blog Archives

• 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
• Friday, April 12th, 2013

A recent video of African wild dogs playing during a safari at the lodge. They love to run and they never seem to ran out of energy, but they are not the most acrobatic as you can see. It is always difficult to explain to guests how special it is to see these endangered animals as they do not possess the drawing power of lions or elephants but it is actually a lot more special to see them than almost any other animal on the African continent.

• 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.

• Tuesday, April 09th, 2013

Guests visiting Pondoro saw a group of about 10 elephant bulls swimming at Ngwenya dam on the morning on the 19th of March. It is a very special sighting as we do not see this that often. The enjoyment for the elephants are easy to see and we sat for about 45 minutes enjoying their antics.

• 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.