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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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Reptiles in winter

As winter disappears and the sun blesses us with warmer days, we tend to see more and more tracks of snakes and other reptiles across the roads. Often we get the question in winter whether we will be seeing some snakes. Mostly because most people are terrified of...

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A protected family

This morning on game drive we stopped at a beautiful watering hole where we had a family (called a pod) of hippos. The family of four hippos was on the one side of the watering hole with another big male hippo on the other side. Things soon became a bit messy as the...

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An Adventure

After setting out on my guests’ first game drive ever, we came across some buffalo tracks. We followed them for about half an hour and found a big herd in the middle of the road heading straight towards us. It was a really special sighting; the whole herd, young,...

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The Art of Tracking

Tracking may be among the oldest of the sciences. It is also one of the most revealing: trackers gain a detailed understanding of animal behavior through the interpretation of their tracks and other signs, accumulating information – especially on rare or nocturnal...

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The night without a camera

It all started one afternoon when I was running a bit late, so I forgot to bring my camera along. I always have my camera on me because you never know when you will have an experience of a lifetime. We were driving around, not knowing what to look for, when I heard...

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A tribute

The bush is a limitless classroom of knowledge. Some people have the gift of sharing and showing the knowledge they have gained in the years of spending endless hours in the bush! Today I want to pay tribute and show my greatest gratitude to such a person; Given...

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First drops

The first rains of the raining season have finally come, raining 27mm over the last 4 days. Although being a bit early this year, it is welcomed by all the animals and even more by all the trees that have been waiting for this the whole dry season. In about two weeks...

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Through the eye of the ranger

The beauty of living in nature is being able to see life as it is. We see the sun rise in the mornings and the sun set in the afternoon. The amazing thing that we realize is that everyday has a new surprise in it; you never know how the day will end. It doesn’t matter...

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Rewards of the bush

We have been blessed with some much needed and refreshing rain over the last couple of days. This of course will ensure that the trees and grasses out here will go green and provide nutritious food for all the herbivores in the bush. On our very wet evening game...

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The African sky

In Africa, in the bush specifically, we are fortunate enough to have one of the most beautiful sights of the night sky. Throughout the whole year, over all the seasons, we watch how the stars change and move. The summer sky is my personal favourite. The winter sky is...

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The determination of a mother

On our morning drive my tracker and I came across some fresh lion tracks. I asked my guests if they would like to try follow them and they said we should try. After following the tracks for about half an hour we came across the female lioness and she was stalking some...

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