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Another beautiful day in Africa

This afternoon, my guests were specifically interested in seeing the hippo, therefore, I make it my priority to try and find a couple. We searched from dam to dam and luckily just as the sun was setting we found a few in the water. I told my guests that this is the...

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The smaller things

We had a good morning on safari. We watched a herd of elephants drinking and swimming in a watering hole – something that is quite exciting to see. We watched them for quite some time and then decided to stop for a quick coffee break. While chatting to the guests, I...

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Something interesting about fish

Some interesting facts about interesting things that we don’t see too often. For example FISH. We don’t see them on drive, we know they are there, but some people are unaware of them. First of all, fish are cold blooded (ectothermic) – they do not regulate their own...

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The double kill

After almost three years of not seeing them, we happen to be lucky to have them visiting Kapama – this is what some call the cape hunting dog or painted dogs. The common name, the African wild dog. It is always great to see this highly endangered animal but especially...

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The Pangolin

The pangolin is a species on its own. There is no similar species in the region. It lives in dry woodland savanna areas but also in grassland and semi-dessert areas – areas where there is still some annual rainfall. They do not stay in cold areas as their prey (ants...

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A Walking experience

Kapama Private game reserve is a private reserve ranging between 13000 and 14000 hectres. Tourists come to Kapama in big numbers specifically to come on the safaris to view the animals. However, we also offer extra activities such as the bush walk and elephant...

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A strange swap

It all started one morning; all my guests wanted to see was a leopard so I decided to look and try and find one for them. While we were looking for tracks I heard on the radio that one had been found so I made my way there. Unfortunately, when we got there they had...

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The drizzle surprise

We started off this morning with a light drizzle coming down , nothing much so we decided to grab our rain coats and gear so that we could head out see what we can find. We weren’t expecting to see too much as we know what it can be like in the rain. As we go along to...

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Painted Dogs

With great surprise to most rangers, we have been very fortunate to have a pack of wild dogs on Kapama for the last few days. Wild dogs are not often seen but when they are they are amazing to watch and spend time with. They are the largest Canid in Africa and the...

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Every so often

Every so often, we witness something spectacular here on Kapama; something that we do not expect to experience. It is something that is not seen on a regular basis and, if seen, is an amazing and once-in-a-lifetime sighting. Something that deserves so much credit is a...

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Painted Wolf (Lycaon Pictus)

Painted Wolf, Wild Dog, Cape Hunting Dog are all words describing one of the most successful predators you'll get to witness on  a safari anywhere in Africa. We at Kapama were lucky enough to view a pack of these incredible animals for the last week now, probably (...

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The start of winter nights

As winter approaches there are big changes happening on the reserve. The lush green scenery is being dominated by more and more colours of brown and gold and one can see further and further into the bush. This does have its advantages in the sense of being able to...

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What do giraffes eat?

Every guide out there has had this question before “what do giraffes eat”? This seems to be a straight forward question and very easy to answer. Have you ever explained to your guests that giraffes feed almost exclusively on the succulent green leaves of the trees...

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A time of distraction

It is that time of year when there is no peace in the impala world. The males are running around all over and are engaged into a series of battle with one another hoping to gain dominance and females. While these males are fighting, however, other males are sneakily...

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The little things

Every day we wake up at 04:30am. All the rangers meet each other for an early morning meeting to discuss some strategic planning for the day. We have a cup of coffee; have a laugh not knowing what the day might bring to our doorsteps. Every day of our lives, its worth...

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Python vs Lion

On a pleasant night safari the other day my guests and I were coming towards the end of the safari drive, when out of the blue we happen upon one of the rarest sightings I have ever experienced. It all started earlier during the drive when we found  the young Southern...

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Africa’s surprise

We started our safari without a great expectation of seeing much as it was windy and raining. But sometimes, as guides and trackers, we know where the animals may hide so we go to those areas in order to please our guests. We decided to go to an area where we know...

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