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Lessons in life

It started off as any other game drive would; giraffes gracefully moving through the bush and nibbling the leaves of carefully selected trees; impalas dashing across the road and jumping high as if chased by demons; duiker trying to remain unnoticed in the undergrowth...

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What started as a quiet drive

A safari is something where one can expect the unexpected. Many of our customers believe that going out on a safari means that you will see many animals but this is not always the case. On this day, it was a very quiet drive – we did not even see an impala. At last we...

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A pleasant drive

It was a beautiful afternoon and evening on safari and we stopped at one of my favourite big dams to look at some of the very unique animals that usually gather around this watering area. As we arrived at the dam we were greeted by a herd of old buffalo bulls also...

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Worth the wait

Spotted hyenas are a rare occurrence in Kapama. They are extremely shy animals and if they are sighted, it is usually a quick run across the road. My guests had been with us for two nights already and had been extremely lucky – they had seen the whole Big Five, as...

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The chase

On one of my game drives with my guests, I had responded to a sighting of a pride of lions. Unfortunately, when I arrived they had lost visual. Determined to show my guests these lions, I stayed in the area to try and relocate. As I was driving in the bush, I saw some...

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Pouring rain

The rain decided to bucket down onto the thirsty African soils this afternoon. I had a handful of brave guests and we braved the cold weather and slippery roads to see what we could find. As expected in this weather, the drive started of quietly, until a couple of...

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Lonely lion

It was a beautiful afternoon for a game drive a few days ago. We have been very fortunate to see good game, all the while looking for the male lion of the pride. We knew he has been away from the pride for a few days marking his territory. As the sun set over the...

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True beauty of the bush

On safari in Africa people tend to focus a lot on the animals that are notorious, especially the “Big 5”. True, they do play a major part of the safari experience and do attract all of us to the bush. But we tend to forget about the smaller things, living and...

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Vulnerable species

With our departure on our morning game drive there was a cool chill in the air. All the animals were slowly getting more active as we were treated to seeing a beautiful African sunrise. Not far from the lodge we came across two very special and interesting birds...

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Searching for the “cherry on top”

By my guests’ third night staying at Kapama, they had seen almost everything they wanted to see – Rhino, Buffalo, Elephant, Lions, as well as Cheetahs. So my tracker, Alfred, and I decided to focus on finding a leopard for them on their last night drive. As we went...

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Surprise!

In our late afternoon game drive, when the Fork-tailed Drongos are trying to get their last few insects for the day, we were looking for a nice spot for sundowners. Just before it got dark, we saw a black-backed jackal sniffing around at a termite mound that was being...

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New insight

Every ranger has their preference of where and when to go out on a safari. I prefer to drive in the mornings and since it is becoming summer, the days are getting warmer. Therefore, I like to drive along some dams or waterholes. There are many different animals that...

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Giant African Millipede

The Giant African Millipede is a rather common resident in most gardens, cities and Game Reserves mostly seen after or before rains. This is mostly due to the fact that they lack the waxy outer layer on their exoskeletons and in dry conditions lose much of their water...

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Another rainy day

For a few days the weather was quite uninviting – it had been raining almost non-stop. Nevertheless, my guests and I still went out on game drive, determined to find some animals. The first two drives with my guests were extremely quiet so when it got to the third...

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‘A’ for effort

It is known as a battle of the fittest; some call it the survival of the toughest. This was two male giraffes in a battle field, contesting for their dominance on a dam wall just before sunset. It was a very energetic fight and full of action and took about 25...

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Interesting habits of baboons

Sometimes it is good to watch baboons and see how they behave and also how the big allow the small to practice their mating rituals. The way they fight for the food is also quite a sight. I remember one of my guests asking me a question about why other baboons have...

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5 OUT OF 5

It all started this morning, not planning to see anything. We just wanted to do a relaxed drive and see what happens. We started off well and saw a few buffalo lying down and as we drove a bit closer we saw the rest of the herd lying down; at least 200 of them. After...

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The Leopard

Although well represented in places, its shy secretive ways and mainly nocturnal habits are reasons for it being rarely sighted. This is the most widespread of all predators since it has the broadest habitat tolerance of all. Beautiful, powerful and stealthy, it...

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