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FAKA NCHOVELA AND CUB

FAKA NCHOVELA AND CUB When Faka Nchovela was last seen in December 2020 she was clearly pregnant, this is a few months after her previous two cubs of her first litter left for independency. We were all of course very excited about the news, she is going to be a mother for a second time […]


African wild dogs on the chase.

African wild dogs on the chase. We were busy watching a Green Wood-hoopoe nest, the parents and their helpers brought in one insect after the other and thus gave us plenty photographic opportunities to catch them in flight. The dead Leadwood was home to more than just the wood-hoopoes as Tree Squirrels, Red-billed oxpeckers and […]


SAFARI SIGHTINGS 10 – 16 Jan ’21

Big 5 safari sightings for the week of 10 to 16 January 2021   Sunday 10 January 2021   15+ Elephants resting near Dead End dam 3 Black Rhino feeding near Groeneboom 1 Hyena drinking from Nyari Dam 1 Male Leopard (Mathimba) sleeping near Huppel Weg 40+ Elephants feeding near Suna Road 50+ Buffalo feeding […]


SAFARI SIGHTINGS 3 – 9 Jan ’21

Big 5 safari sightings for the week of 3 to 9 January 2021   Sunday 3 January 2021   3 Lions (Kudyela Pride) ressting near Nyari Dam 2 White Rhino bulls feeding near Xiyingwana Road 20+ Elephants feeding near River Lodge Main 15+ Elephants feeding near Pondoro Main 1 Elephant bull drinking from Nyari Dam […]


SAFARI SIGHTINGS 27Dec’20 – 2Jan’21

Big 5 Safari sightings for the week of 27 December 2020 to 2 January 2021   Sunday 27 December 2020   1 Male Leopard (Matimba) sleeping West of Xindzele road 40+ Elephants feeding near Tony’s Dam 50+ Elephants feedng near Xingwana road 2 Male White Rhino resting near Xingwana Road 1 Hyena heading South from […]


SAFARI SIGHTINGS 13 – 19 December ’20

Big 5 safari sightings for the week of 13 to 19 December 2020   Sunday 13 December  2020   2 Lions (Kudyela Pride) sleeping East of Van Wyk Tranke 9 Lions (Kudyela Pride) sleeping near Rome 4 Water Hole 1 Female Leopard (VHakachovela) sleeping near Top Road 20+ Elephants feeding near Marula Road 5 Hyena […]


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EZULWINI – big tusker

Over the past few weeks we have been seeing more and more of Ezulwini. He is very well known in this region, specifically for his calm demeanor. Being one of the largest elephants in the area it comes as no surprise that his presence is a highlight for all of the guides, trackers and especially […]


Coronavirus Statement

For more than 20 years, Pondoro has lived by a core value ” to take care of our guests and staff members.” This value guides us as we face the difficult challenge of responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19), which the World Health Organisation declared as a pandemic. Our hearts and thoughts go out to the […]


SAFARI SIGHTINGS 8 – 14 March ’20

Big 5 safari sightings for the week of 8 to 14 March 2020   Sunday 8 March 2020   4 Lions (Singwe Pride) sleeping near Deliveries Road 19 Lions (Kudyela Pride) sleeping near Rome 4 Waterhole 10+ Elephants drinking from Kudu Dam 70+ Elephants feeding near Venture Camp Road 5 White Rhino feeding near Dead […]


SAFARI SIGHTINGS 1 – 7 March ’20

Big 5 safari sightings for the week of 1 to 7 March 2020   Sunday 1 March 2020   19 Lions (Kudyela Pride) aswell as 1 male from the Machaton Coalition moving North from Thlamba Bejan Dam 1 Lioness (Kudyela Pride) with 2 small cubs sleeping in the drainage line North of Billy’s Lodge 2 […]


SAFARI SIGHTINGS 23 – 29 FEBRUARY ’20

Big 5 safari sightings for the week of 23 to 29 February ’20   Sunday 23 February 2020   1 Female Leopard (Nkanyi) sleeping near Waterbok Weg 7 Lions (Kudyela Pride) sleeping near Singwe Boma 20+ Elephants feeding around Mangwa Road 3 ELephang Bulls feeding near Chavaluthu Road   Monday 24 February 2020   2 […]


SAFARI SIGHTINGS 9 – 15 FEBRUARY ’20

Big 5 safari sightings for the week of 9 to 15 February ’20   Sunday 9 February 2020   1 Female Leopard sleeping on a rock near Siyabona Main 20+ Elephants drinking from Xigamba Dam 1 White Rhino male feeding near Rhulani’s Road 60+ Buffalo feeding near Juke’s Clearing 2 Young Leopard resting near Monica’s […]