Blog: Lion

SAFARI SIGHTINGS 6-12 OCTOBER ’19

Big 5 safari sightings for the week of 6 to 12 October ’19   Sunday 6 October 2019   1 Female White Rhino with a very young calf moving West from Mahlolwa Road 20+ Elephants drinking at Gunter’s Reservoir 1 Female Leopard (Nkanyi) sleeping at Van Wyk 1 Female Leopard sleeping in a tree near […]


SAFARI SIGHTINGS 21-27 JULY’19

Big 5 safari sightings for the week of 21 to 27 July ’19   Sunday 21 July 2019   100+ Buffalo chasing 3 male Lions off their buffalo kill into a Westerly direction 7 Wild dogs resting on Big Bend 25+ Elephants static North of Wormhole 1 Aardvark moving West from Mangwa Road 1 Male White Rhino […]


Lions break a tree to steal leopard’s food

Pondoro guide Marius and tracker Eric’s guests were recently treated to a very unusual sighting. They were following two male lions of the Machaton coalition as they were patrolling their territory, when the wind made a sudden shift of direction and the lions immediately changed course and started speeding up. Marius quickly realised that they […]


WEEK IN PICTURES 7-11 MAY ’18

WEEK IN PICTURES #37 “I hope you have an experience that alters the course of your life, because after Africa, nothing has ever been the same…” – Suzanne Evens Autumn is here as the bush is starting to change from a beautiful green color to those of the sun. Slowly but surely this week we […]


SAFARI SIGHTINGS 11-17 FEB ’18

The big 5 safari sightings for the week of 11-17 Feb ’18 Sunday 11 Feb 2018 5 Kudyela lionesses resting at riaan’s road 2 Machaton males lying down at venture camp 1 White rhino bull 1 Machaton male at hamilton south 8 Elephants feeding at pondoro main 3 White rhino Monday 12 Feb 2018 10 […]


SAFARI SIGHTINGS 7-13 JAN ’18

Big 5 safari sightings for the week of 7-13 Jan ’18 Sunday 7 Jan 2018 2 Machaton males heading north from danroc main 4 Adult heynas + 2 cubs at den site 2 Kudyela lioness at ngwenya dam 1 White rhino bull 1 Leopard cub at venture camp dam Monday 8 Jan 2018 3 Lionesses […]


SAFARI SIGHTINGS 31 DEC ’17 – 6 JAN ’18

Big 5 safari sightings for the week of 31 Dec ’17 – 6 Jan ’18 Sunday 31 Dec 2017 1 Lioness lying down at ngwenya dam 1 Black rhino bull 1 White rhino bull 5 Elephants feeding around rhulans road 4 Adult hyenas + 4 cubs at den site 3 Kudyela lionesses with 1 Machaton […]


WEEK IN PICTURES 12-16 MARCH ’18

WEEK IN PICTURES #31 “I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy” – Ernest Hemingway Getting out of bed at 04:45 is not always easy but once you hear the birds singing as you drink a freshly brewed coffee while thoughts of what you might see […]


ARE THE MACHATON MALES HERE TO STAY?

Within the next few months it will be a year since the arrival of the mighty Machaton males, but are they here to stay? During the first quarter of 2017 the lion dynamics around Pondoro was as normal as could be with the Mohlabetsi coalition (6 males at the time) being the dominant territory holders […]


WEEK IN PICTURES 29 JAN – 2 FEB ’18

WEEK IN PICTURES #28 “Some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heartwarming!” – Joseph B. Wirthlin A quote that describes the feelings best that our guests will experience once they depart from an unforgettable stay at Pondoro, leaving with only memories and memory cards filled with pictures. The week in pictures highlights these memories. […]


SAFARI SIGHTINGS 10-16 DEC ’17

Big 5 safari sightings for the week of 10-16 Dec ’17 Sunday 10 Dec 2017 3 Machaton males at danroc 20 Elephants at peters rock Monday 11 Dec 2017 1 Male lion at impala weg 5 1 White rhino bull 1 White rhino bull 1 Machaton male at top road 2 Bull elephants at east/west […]