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The Spotted Hyena

Hyenas generally live in family groups, or clans, led by a dominant adult female. The clan sizes can vary from three up to about fifteen individuals living within a defended territory marked by communal scat or dung middens. Another way of marking their territory is...

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Honey badger

On safari this afternoon we set out from camp with the plan of looking for lions. On our way to the area where the lions were last seen, we went around a bend and bumped in to a pair of honey badgers. Honey badgers are very interesting and secretive animals. I will...

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A little snack

We set out this afternoon like any other day, not really knowing what to expect out of the African bush. As we left the lodge we ran into some fresh rhino tracks so we started following them. After about 20 minutes of walking, my tracker called me to say he has got...

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The world of a leopard

Many guests come to Africa with the expectation to see a leopard. What they do not realize is that the leopard is one of the most elusive and secretive animals in the wild. However, we do try to find them one. I had guests that were staying at River Lodge for four...

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Good things come to those who wait

In the morning game drive we saw a lot of different antelopes grazing is a nice open area. What took our attention was the two male impala that were fighting. At this time of the year this kind of battle is rare; they usually occur in April. As the fight went on we...

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“Flying ants”

What causes “flying ants” to come out? Most people would know these winged creatures as flying ants, but in fact they are winged termites, “also referred to as the reproductive caste”. Winged termites emerge after rain in large numbers from holes in the soil through...

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History unfolding

Once again, history is unfolding in front of us. Over the last few days the elephants have moved from the far east to the far west of the reserve. We could not understand this behaviour. Nevertheless, they stopped in an area after this ‘migration’ and stayed there for...

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Life in the bushveld

Life out in the Bushveld is still as rewarding as ever. Just today I had yet another amazing game drive. My hope was to find the elephants and the pride of lions and we were lucky enough to do just that. We had amazing sightings of both animals. The elephants just...

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The famous cheetah brothers of Kapama

We set out early this morning as always, not knowing what to expect for the day as Africa can be unpredictable some days. The main focus for the day was finding some cheetahs. We knew that this was going to be very hard as they were seen the previous day in a certain...

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Closer is Better

Having the privilege of working on a Game reserve gives you and the guests the advantage of getting closer to the animals with your 4x4 vehicle. It’s always great whenever your guests are as excited as yourself when a Lion roars 10 metres away from your eardrum or an...

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The differences between White & Black Rhinos

Often on safari when we have sightings of rhinos, the most frequently asked question is: “What are the differences between the white and black rhinos?” White / Square-lipped rhino (Ceratotherium simum): They are the second largest African land mammal, weighing up to...

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The life of a Leopard

We talk so much about the beautiful animal and we write about it, but why do we go on about this animal when we have found or seen it? Personally I have a very soft spot for this animal. It is known as one of the most dangerous predators to come across on foot in...

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Playful times

Thanks to the rainy season, a lot of the animals seem more playful than usual. As we were searching for animals in the rain, we found tracking quite difficult. All the fresh tracks were covered by the rain, therefore, it is difficult to tell the difference between...

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Lights in the sky

Third safari and only one left of the big five to go. As usual, the only things we have left to see are those two elusive cats, the lion and leopard. The sun has been burning down, keeping all that moves in shadows of trees, big and small. Starting the safari we had...

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Silver Lining

Going on safari means looking for wild animals and sometimes we focus on the more elusive animals such as leopards. As we started our afternoon safari, it was a good day and everyone was feeling good about the drive. However, as we looked to the mountains we saw some...

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Fun in the mud

It has been raining for the last three days and warthogs have been running around from one mud pool to another. They do this to cover their skin to get rid of the ticks and parasites, as well as to cool themselves down. It was so impressive and exciting to see the...

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The struggle for cheetahs

I was determined to show my guests some cheetahs – two males that walk together on the reserve. My tracker and I know which area they like so we made our way. We found some tracks and followed them until they went into a big block. We went around to check if they had...

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A night with a clan

It is always rewarding to find a family of animals all together such as hyenas. Driving at night, looking for something special to show your guests is not always easy. So as a ranger and a tracker, we are always on the lookout for that special thing. On this night, we...

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