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King Clumsy Cat

King Clumsy Cat

On a beautiful early morning game drive, just after sun rise, my guests and I came across a pride of lions:  three adult females and five young cubs about a year old.  They were sleeping, as is often the case with lions. While we sat watching them, one of the adult...

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King Clumsy Cat

On a beautiful early morning game drive, just after sun rise, my guests and I came across a pride of lions:  three adult females and five young cubs about a year old.  They were sleeping, as is often the case with lions. While we sat watching them, one of the adult...

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Battle of the Wings – Predator versus Scavenger

Working in the bush offers the opportunity to witness incredible wildlife interaction every day, but a few days ago, I saw something almost unbelievable. It was a beautiful sunny morning as I made my way back to my living quarters after the morning game drive.  I saw...

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Itsy Bitsy Spider

We bet you looked away and sat further back in your seat when you saw the photo right?  Well, before you hit the close button, we dare you to put aside your fear of spiders and take a closer look at this little gem. Once in a while you come across a creature that most...

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All creatures great and small – Kapama has them all

Kapama Game Reserve is renowned for the rich variety of animals which guests are able to view on an average game drive – and no wonder – as the reserve forms part of a region that has an extremely high biodiversity of animals great and small. This area, called the...

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Coming of age

A young male lion's first buffalo kill A week ago, my guests and I witnessed a fantastic hunt and kill by a young male lion that was not only wet behind the ears, but also trying to bring down a sub adult buffalo alone. He had been kicked out of his pride at the age...

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Good-bye Mr. Warthog

Witnessing a leopard kill from start to finish! (Not for sensitive readers) Wildlife documentaries on National Geographic and the Discovery Channel are full of violence – prides of lions taking down old buffalo bulls and wild dogs ripping apart helpless impalas – and...

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Wildlife wonderland in Southern Africa

Baby elephants playing together It is no secret that we love images of elephant calves here at Kapama Private Game Reserve. After all, what could be more adorable than baby animals playing together? Viewing these sprightly, good-natured elephant calves in their...

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Lurking in the waters

Crocodilian giants It’s winter here in South Africa, but in the bushveld temperatures can still reach nearly 30 degrees Celsius during the day. As the African sun climbs, animals wander to the nearest waterhole - home of the crafty crocodile. [gallery ids="3870"] The...

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Playing hardball

A once-in-a-lifetime daytime pangolin sighting As a ranger, there are only a few animals that I have not yet seen. Unsurprisingly, they’re all quite rare or extremely shy, but during an early morning safari on Kapama Private Game Reserve, some Italian guests and I...

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Built for the kill

Guest visiting Kapama look forward to getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily living to experience tranquility, unique culture, spectacular scenery and close-up encounters with Africa’s wildlife on every game drive.  Most guests recall that seeing a kill in a...

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The Amazing Hunt

Dining like a king Deep in the African bush lies a variety of creepy crawlies, lazy leopards and cheeky monkeys, but most will agree that the fearsome lion is the most incredible – when he’s not asleep! The king of predators often keeps us on the edge of our seats,...

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Living with African wild cats

In search of Kapama’s big cats Everyone loves a good predator sighting, and there’s no greater thrill than getting close to the big cats that call Kapama home. Our bold lions, elusive leopards, and elegant cheetahs never fail to get the adrenaline pumping, and we are...

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Africa’s cold-blooded giant

The African Rock Python I’ve been a ranger for a long time, but I’ve never been a fan of snakes. They don't necessarily frighten me, they just creep me out a little - especially if I need to touch them. It’s inevitable to come across them from time to time in the...

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A stand off between a jackal and a wildebeest

The circle of life A few days ago, on a calm and sunny morning, one of Mother Nature’s spectacles unfolded and my guests and I were fortunate to be allowed to witness it. We were heading towards the southern plains, where I’d heard rhinos had been spotted, when...

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A startled herd and a lurking leopard

Witnessing the birth of an impala Every day is a unique opportunity to connect with the African bush and on this day I was most fortunate in driving by a truly remarkable sighting. It was an impala ewe with something hanging between her legs. I was on my way to pick...

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Sheltered between the herd

Kapama’s new baby giant Elephants are big, bold and beautiful, not to mention being up there with dolphins and chimps in terms of intelligence. With their beautiful long lashes, wrinkly trunks and Africa-shaped ears, you can’t help but love them, and baby elephants...

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Whooo’s there?

Breakfast on my doorstep  I’m a new ranger at Kapama and have been guiding here for about 3 weeks. One morning, I was woken early by the loud, unhappy screeching of a guinea fowl, but it was only when I left my room on my way to work in the pre-dawn gloom that I very...

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Hippo attacks buffalo to protect its own

Wildlife’s natural instinct prevails If there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that you should always expect the unexpected, especially if you are working in the wild. Every typical day at the office can instantly turn into an exhilarating day with multiple adrenaline...

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