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All creatures great and small – Kapama has them all

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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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...

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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. Waterhole scenic...

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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...

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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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Uninvited guests at Kapama River Lodge

Up close and personal with lions It was the 22nd of August 2015 and I can vividly recall how beautiful the hot and cloudless spring afternoon had been. I was manager and host for the evening at Kapama River Lodge, and earlier that afternoon I stood on the boma deck...

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Cleaning up the carcass

Watching scavengers consume the remains of a rhino Not long ago, one of our mature rhino bulls injured a young female rhino to such an extent that she died of her injuries the next day. It was a very sad event, more so because the poaching of rhino in South Africa for...

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Python and prey

Watching a python devour a nyala in camp The earth shook as Reazert (my tracker) banged on my bedroom door. “Hang on, I’m coming.” I said, getting off my bed slowly. “You know the African rock python?” He asked. “Yes…” I replied, thinking he was...

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