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The early morning unexpected find

This morning when I woke up, I walked to my cruiser ready for game drive and I heard the big male lion roar not far from River Lodge. When I got to the lodge and met my guests, all excited, I told them they must get into the vehicle so that we can go and look for...

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Success

There are thousands of reasons why I love the Bushveld, and this day was another reminder of how nice a day out on safari really can be. The first few drives were nice and quiet; we saw some really nice birds, rodents, insects, amphibians and plains game, but none of...

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Baby Elephant Walk

This morning while out on safari, Moses my tracker, picked up very fresh spoor of Elephants. We decided to try and find these mighty beast of the wild. After a good hours' tracking and predicting we found a small satellite breeding herd with a few juveniles, sub...

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Wallowing… Why?

During the rainy season we find lots of little pools of water all over the reserve. Obviously this provides lots of water for a myriad of animals to wallow and cool down in. As humans we would probably pay lots of money for these "mud treatments" in a health spa,...

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Back from hibernation

After all the blessings of the rain that we had, our reptiles were hidden and the hippopotamus migrated from the big dams to smaller dams. In addition, it was not easy to see crocodiles anymore. But luckily the rain has subsided so the animals are returning to their...

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Female Buffalo vs Male Lion

We set out this afternoon on safari, big 5 already completed. So I thought this would be a good time to spend some time showing my guests the smaller things in Africa like tracks, dung, some trees and their medical uses, etc. This all was a lot of fun. As we had some...

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The power of the Rains Down in Africa

As many of you know there have been heavy rains down here in the Hoedspruit area over the last week. While not quite as intense as last year's rain around this time which caused major flooding and damage - with only about half the amount of rainfall this time round -...

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The Mozambique Spitting Cobra

The Mozambique spitting cobra is one of the most common cobras in the savanna region, often found near water. This cobra’s diet mainly consists of frogs and toads, other snakes, birds, eggs, small mammals, and even insects occasionally. It is considered one of the...

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What a good night

Our guests were only staying for 1 night and myself and Steven (my tracker) were under a little bit of pressure to find them the animals that they wanted to see. We started by looking for some elephants and went to the area were they were last seen on the morning...

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Lion Surprise

We decided in the afternoon to try look for the pride of lions that hadn’t been seen for a few days as they were last seen in a new area in the reserve called lerato. It has only been open for the past month so it is hard to tell where you are; we all are still...

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OPEN YOUR EYES

Like every year, we went through the winter season here on Kapama Private Game Reserve. There is always enough natural feed and water for all the animals on the reserve, but we were all a little bit worried in the beginning of the summer season which is our rainfall...

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An unexpected surprise

On Sunday afternoon I set out on game drive with my guests not knowing what I would or could find in the heavy rain. It was not ordinary rain either; this was proper African rain, pouring as if it would not stop. So we drove down a few roads trying to find some...

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Early mornings in Africa

One is never really certain what to expect out of a morning safari at Kapama. It all started off with us going to the area where the pride of lions was last seen. On our way we see the male lion tracks going one way accompanied by one female and the rest of the prides...

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Unforgettable drive

Wow! Last night was truly an amazing night. My guests and I were following up on a big male leopard for at least half an hour before we found our first fresh leopard tracks and started to follow them right away. After about fifteen minutes we see this big male leopard...

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My first

It's nearing midnight here at River Lodge, and I'm waiting for the last of our guests to go to sleep for the night. Seems like it might be a while still, as there are quite a few people sitting around the bar talking about the day's events and what everyone saw on...

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The afternoon

It all started one afternoon; we left the lodge at 4:30pm. It was my guests’ first safari in Africa so we stopped at all the smaller things such as impala and their new babies. As we went on I heard on the radio that they had found a leopard lying on top of a termite...

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Appreciate the smaller things

Most visitors to Kapama have been sold by the idea of seeing the Big 5. But what most guests don’t realize is that there is a lot more to a game drive than seeing the “Big 5”. The smaller animals and even the plants can be just as interesting and sometimes even more...

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Going into the new year with open arms

The year has almost come to an end and what a year Kapama has had. Just looking at the last few weeks there have been so many wonderful things that have happened on the reserve, from the birth of a new elephant calf to the addition of a new 800 hectares piece of land...

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