Wildlife Report

The Singita Wildlife Report

First-hand ranger reports from the bushveld

Singita Sabi Sand

September 2013 - Sabi Sand, South Africa

Buffalo versus lion versus leopard

As guests were having afternoon snacks on the riverside deck before game drive, we noticed a male lion sleeping on the opposite side of the river. Then a large buffalo bull ambled into the scene. Next, all drama broke lose. Two more male lions appeared and they set off after the now terrified buffalo. To our astonishment, teacups in hand, the lions killed the buffalo right in front of Boulders Lodge, rooms 9 and 10. Unbelievable! For the next three days we had ring-side viewing. The lions did not bother moving much as they had food and water right there next to them. The only activity seemed to be within their ever-growing bellies filled with buffalo meat. On the first morning a male leopard, known as the Nyalethi male, crept in to view. While the lions were feeding he would keep a respectful distance, never showing himself to his far larger relatives. All he was waiting for was a window of opportunity for a potential free meal.

 Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Sabi Sand Wildlife Journal September 2013




  • Average minimum 13.3˚C (50.5˚F)
  • Average maximum 28.8˚C (81.1˚F)
  • Minimum recorded 07.0˚C (44.6˚F)
  • Maximum recorded 39.0˚C (93.2˚F)


  • For the period: 21 mm
  • For the year to date: 985 mm

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