Blog: Safaris

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 […]


Black rhino wallowing in a dam at Pondoro Game Lodge in Greater Kruger Park

A video taken by Rul on the 9th of December of a black rhino drinking and wallowing. They are so rare to see in the wild and to witness this kind of behavior out in the open is very special.


Territorial male lion roaring next to vehicle on night safari at Pondoro Game Lodge, Kruger Park

After a fairly quiet safari drive on the 29th of October things changed quickly when we found a big male leopard drinking water at Tambotie dam and then just after that on the way home this male lion surprised us at Nyari dam . He started to roar as soon as the vehicle stopped as […]


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 23 – 29 December, 2012

Sunday 23 December 2012 A herd of about 100 buffaloes resting at 8/9 cutline Saw a herd of about 20 buffaloes drinking at Boetebessie dam     Monday 24 December 2012 A herd of about 20 elephants feeding along 2/3 cutline Saw a herd of around 50 buffaloes crossing the Drifters/Mohlabetsi cutline A breeding herd […]


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 4 – 10 November, 2012

Sunday 4 November 2012 2 Elephant bulls close to Nyari dam 1 Male leopard ( Chavaluthu ) next to Nyari dam 2 Elephant bulls next to Xikanka rd 1 White rhino bull Monday 5 November 2012 A herd of around 200 buffaloes at Van Wyk A herd of buffaloes at Rome 4 1 Male leopard […]


Big 5 sightings 28 October – 3 November, 2012

Sunday 28 October 2012 1 Young male cheetah next to Main rd Mohlabetsi 1 White rhino bull 3 Elephant bulls close to Bush camp dam 3 Elephant bulls next to Pondoro main rd 1 Elephant bull drinking at Nyari dam 3 Females and 4 hyena cubs at the hyena den on Mohlabetsi Monday 29 October […]


Big 5 sightings 7 – 13 October, 2012

Sunday 7 October 2012 1 Male and one lioness resting at Xibejuane dam 1 White rhino bull grazing Monday 8 October 2012 4 Male lions feeding on a giraffe kill close to the Olifants river 1 Elephant bull feeding close to Manzi Bovu A herd of about 300 buffaloes grazing along Rian’s rd Tuesday 9 […]


Big 5 lodge | Lion cubs

As stated earlier one of the 4 year old lionesses has got cubs as well. We found her and 2 cubs on the afternoon drive of the 21st of September and followed her to a freshly killed wildebeest. The cubs were very active and it provided for excellent photo opportunities.