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Itsy Bitsy Spider

Itsy Bitsy Spider

We bet you looked away and sat further back in your seat when you saw the photo right?  Well, before you hit the close button, we dare you to put aside your fear of spiders and take a closer look at this little gem. Once in a while you come across a creature that most...

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Black Footed Cat (Felis nigripes)

The Black footed cat is one of the least studied cats in Africa, and was listed as Vulnerable in 2005. This is the smallest of the African cat species, with males only weighing up to about 2.5 kg in weight. Females are a little smaller and weigh up to about 1.7 kg in...

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A bushwalk full of excitement

After a lovely morning game, drive my guests wanted to be a bit more adventurous out in the African bush and asked if we can go out on a bushwalk. After assessing the weather and situation, we decided that the conditions were good enough for a walk. We proceeded to...

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Lion VS Honey badger

One evening, while out on a night drive, we were fortunate enough to see our biggest pride of 13 lions. There was quite a commotion and they seemed to be concentrating hard on whatever they were doing. They seemed to be teasing a honey badger. We watched in awe as the...

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African Colours

In my opinion, the most beautiful time of the day is just when the sun is coming up, over the horizon, when the world is waking up to the first rays of sunshine. I haven’t been at Kapama long, but even the sleepiest guests seem to appreciate the colours that the sun...

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Two for One

A few days back, my guests and I set out on our morning safari. We had seen some incredibly lucky sightings the day before, being treated to a leopard feeding on an impala, as well as an awesome sighting of the elephants, with the youngsters all playing near our...

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The Slender Mongoose (Galerella sanguinea)

The Slender Mongoose is a small, light brown to dark red brown predator that, as the name suggests, is quite long and thin. They mostly live alone or in pairs and hunt during the day, making them diurnal. Their diet consists of rodents, reptiles and birds. They will...

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The Double Bump

We set off this morning with rhinos and hippos in mind - two of the three biggest animals on the reserve. We were not long into our drive when we come across some fresh dung and spoor of some rhinos. We decide to start following the spoor to see where it would take us...

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Our Feline Filled Morning

One morning, we left the lodge for the last morning drive for the guests. They hadn’t seen any cats at all, and I heard that there were lions that were seen around a dam the night before. I decided that we would try and find them again, so we followed the tracks until...

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The Catch of the Day

My guests had seen all of the big 5 and we were looking for one more special sighting. We decided to go and look so we drove around for a while. We were lucky enough to find hippos out of the water, sleeping on the bank of a dam (or as I like to say, catching a tan)....

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A Great Show!

It all started one morning when we left the lodge in search for lions. I heard that the big pride of 13 were around in an open area the night before, so I went straight there to see if I could find tracks to see which direction they had moved to during the night. I...

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Cape (Temminck’s) Pangolin (Manis temmickii)

The Cape Pangolin is a small mammal covered in tough scales that consists of keratin like human hair and nails. These scales serve to protect the animal as they roll into a ball to the head and soft belly on the inside. They feed on ants and termites, hence the...

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Bush Skills

A couple of days ago, my guests asked me to do a guided walk, specifically to go out and look for one of Africa’s notorious Big 5. They were really interested in experiencing the bush at a more in depth level than from the normal way – on the back of a game vehicle....

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An Unforgettable Day in Africa

What an amazing day out in the African bush! I have been guiding for 5 years and can honestly say that today has been one of the most exiting days I have ever experienced. It all started this morning when we headed out for our morning safari. After driving for about...

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Dwarf mongoose (Helogale parvula)

The dwarf mongoose looks like a normal mongoose, short legs, small ears, long tail and a big head. It is the smallest of the mongoose family (18 – 28 cm, 210 – 350 grams). They are also known as the smallest carnivore in Africa. The colours can range from yellowish...

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New born on Kapama

This morning we went out on a relaxed game drive. We saw many plains game, roaming around and interacting with one another. We went to the river where there are some hippo and lots of birds to see. We stopped there for a few minutes just to enjoy the view when we then...

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The years first

Today was a wonderful day! Before we left the lodge, we had a slight drizzle starting. All of my guests put on the ponchos I offered them and we set off for game drive. Not long after we started, the drizzle stopped and the sun came out. Our first sighting was of two...

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Handling her babies gently

For some reason, everyone likes to see new born babies - lions, elephants, zebra, giraffes, etc. However, some species are not that easy to find when there are babies around. This morning, we were lucky enough to see baby hyena pups. We went to the den where we would...

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Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus)

The waterbuck is quite a large antelope, with a coarse, shaggy grey – brown coat and can easily be identified by its distinctive white ring on its rump. Only the bull carries the long, ringed horns. There is usually a white band present on the upper throat, with a...

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