Blog: Game Reserve

Big 5 safari sightings 27 January – 2 February 2013

Sunday 27 January 2013 A breeding herd of about 60 elephants feeding next to the vehicle at Pondoro main rd 1 Elephant bull in musth close to Venture camp 1 Black rhino bull and cow mud wallowing A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding close to Coert’s new rd A herd of about 160 […]


Lions feeding on a zebra foal at Pondoro Game Lodge in Kruger Park

Guests on Mark’s safari cruiser saw how a pride of lions stalked and killed a zebra foal right next to their safari cruiser during the evening safari on the 31st of January 2013.


Elephants taking a dust bath next to Pondoro safari cruiser in Greater Kruger Park

Mark and his guests had an amazing elephant experience on the 27th of January 2013 when a breeding herd of about 15 elephants decided to take a dust bath right next to their safari cruiser. They were so close that you could actually hear the sprayed sand grains falling on the vehicle.


Lions killing a kudu calf at Pondoro Safari Lodge in Greater Kruger Park

A video taken by Brooke Escudier, one of our guests, on the 12th of January 2013. The lions were resting next the safari vehicle when one noticed a kudu calf hiding nearby after the mother fled from some nearby bushes.They sprinted after the calf and caught with ease.


Big 5 safari sightings 20 – 26 January 2013

Sunday 20 January 2013 4 Elephant bulls feeding on River Lodge main Monday 21 January 2013 A herd of about 150 buffaloes close to Huppel weg 3 White rhino bulls feeding Hyenas at den site playing   Tuesday 22 January 2013 3 Elephant bulls feeding next to 8/9 cutline 1 White rhino 1 Elephant bull […]


Big 5 safari sightings 13 – 19 January 2013

Sunday 13 January 2013 2 White rhinos drinking water A breeding herd of 15 elephants feeding at Kambaku rd Hyena adults and cubs at den site Monday 14 January 2013 2 Black rhinos ( Male and female ) 2 Buffalo bulls at Nyoka dam 3 Elephant bulls feeding ar Mahlowa loop 1 Lioness and 2 […]


Hyena cubs playing at a den site on safari at Pondoro Game Lodge, Kruger National Park

This is a video taken by Rul, one of our guides, at a den site on the 23rd of October 2012. The hyenas moved their site just after the video was taken, but I am very happy to report that they have moved back to the site and guests are now seeing them on a […]


Leopard feeding on a warthog at Pondoro Safari Lodge, Kruger Park, South Africa

Rul took this video of a big male leopard, called Watsakile, feeding on a warthog carcass on the 8th of January 2013. We saw the leopard killing the warthog 2 days before during the afternoon safari. These are one of the big advantages of staying at a private safari lodge where we can follow animals […]


Big 5 sightings 6 – 12 January 2013

Sunday 6 January 2013 2 White rhinos feeding 2 Breeding herds of elephants meeting up on Impalabos west/Hearne cutline 3 lionesses sleeping at Ngwenya dam A herd of 300 buffaloes drinking and mud wallowing 1 Male leopard ( Watsakile ) feeding on a warthog kill Monday 7 January 2013 A herd of about 30 elephants […]


Big 5 sightings December 30, 2012 – January 5, 2013

Sunday 30 December 2012 A herd of about 100 buffaloes grazing close to Tora dam A small breeding herd of about 10 elephants feeding close to Mahlo rd 2 White rhino bulls grazing 1 Elephant bull drinking at Venture camp 5 Elephant bulls feeding next to Main rd west 1 White rhino bull A herd of […]


Big 5 sightings 16 – 22 December, 2012

Sunday 16 December 2012 2 Elephant bulls at Nguluve south 2 Buffalo bulls grazing next to Rhulani’s rd 3 White rhinos grazing A breeding herd of about 20 elephants close to Top rd Monday 17 December 2012 A male leopard ( Watsakile ) resting close to giraffe rd A breeding herd of about 15 elephants […]


Big 5 sightings December 9 – 15, 2012

Sunday 9 December 2012 1 Elephant bull feeding next to Main rd west 1 Black rhino bull browsing A breeding herd of about 20 elephants on Nonwane Monday 10 December 2012 1 Elephant bull at Xibejuane dam A breeding herd of about 30 elephants swimming at Deadend dam. Tuesday 11 December 2012 1 Buffalo bull […]


Big 5 sightings December 2 – 8, 2012

Sunday 2 December – Tuesday 4 December 2012 Pondoro was closed for renovations Wednesday 5 December 2012 A breeding herd of about 15 elephants feeding next to Rooibos rd A herd of about 200 buffaloes grazing close to Siyabona main rd 1 Black rhino bull 3 Male lions walking along Pondoro main rd Thursday 6 […]


Big 5 sightings 18 – 24 November, 2012

Sunday 18 November 2012 1 Female leopard at Pride rock 1 Elephant bull feeding along the Impalabos/Mohlabetsi cutline 8 Lionesses of the Olifants west pride resting at Ngwenya dam A small breeding herd of 6 elephants drinking at Mangawana dam     Monday 19 November 2012 1 Male leopard ( Watsakile ) walking along 8/9 […]


Big 5 sightings 11 – 17 November, 2012

Sunday 11 November 2012 1 Lioness at Xinzele rd Monday 12 November 2012 2 Lionesses ( Singwe pride ) feeding on a zebra foal 1 White rhino 2 Elephant bulls feeding close to Ngala dam Tuesday 13 November 2012 2 White rhinos A herd af about 150 buffaloes close to Derde weg 1 Elephant bull […]