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The Fight For Food

The Fight For Food

We had been tracking two leopards, but their elusive nature resulted in no success. I decided to have one last drive past the nearby dam, Rooi Dam. As I came around the last bend, we heard an interesting commotion!

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The Fight For Food

We had been tracking two leopards, but their elusive nature resulted in no success. I decided to have one last drive past the nearby dam, Rooi Dam. As I came around the last bend, we heard an interesting commotion!

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The Call of Africa

An expert birder was not needed to identify the call, as everyone immediately knew what it was. I Deciding to drive further along the river. On an old dead tree next to the water there it was, posing perfectly on a branch busy scouting for its next meal.

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Rainy Lions

High up on my guest’s bucket list of animals was of course lions. We had been searching for male lions as this was their dream sighting, but they were yet to reveal themselves. As it was my guests last morning, the pressure was on to try to make their African dream materialize.

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Earth Hour 2018

All guests were invited to join the team in the afternoon before the sunset game drive for an environmental surprise. Not only did we want to reduce our electricity consumption during Earth Hour, but we also wanted to leave our ecological footprint…

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The Strength of Family

Not many people know this, but the Dwarf Mongoose is the smallest carnivorous mammal in the Lowveld. By looking at them it’s hard to think of these little fluff balls as killers. They are, however, very successful predators, feeding on anything they can find.

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Training our Trackers

Lee came and presented the Kapama Trackers each with a book, provided through funding by the Oppenheimer Family to distribute his book to the indigenous trackers who are not always fortunate enough to afford these books.

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8 Reasons to take a Walk on the Wild Side

Apart from the morning and afternoon game drive that guest can enjoy as part of their Kapama stay, bush walks are also available for those guests who want to experience nature on foot. Bush walks can only be done by a ranger specifically qualified to do so, reassuring you of being in the best possible hands, while you set out with up to 7 other guests to explore the African wilderness.

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Is it worth it?

Being in the raining season one of the most frequently asked questions when on a game drive, or before you go out on a drive, is: “What are the chances of us seeing animals when it rains?”

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Crocodile Surprise

Just on the other side of the dam, a big loud splash roused us from our trans. I grab my binoculars to see what in the world it could be, but nothing caught my eye. Then another big splash, but this time with the splash, there was a movement!

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Murky Water

Not too long ago, while out on a game drive, as we drove past the bird hide one of my guests pointed to something in the distance and asked: “ Francois, what is that?” A memorable smile crossed my face and I began to remember that wonderful story…

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The King of the Bushveld

Two Lion cubs about 6 months old crossed the road in the direction from which the noise had come. We immediately made our way there. What success for the Lions.

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A Day at the Spa

The youngest of the herd, about 3,5 months old, was excited to get in on the fun. Not having too much control of the thousands of muscles in the trunk she just went head first into the mud and tried not to get stuck in the deeper pools.

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A “Barking” Discovery

The excitement was building as we edged ourselves even nearer. Expectations were through the roof. We finally got to the area where the original sound had come from. As we approached we saw a female Impala running away. But that was not all that we saw.

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Wildebeest calf – Watch it being born

We moved in a little closer for my guest to work his skill with his camera. To our surprise, not only did we find one, but two tiny wildebeest calves staying so close to their mothers that they were almost invisible.

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Endangered Big 6 Bird

This was truly an amazing sighting to come across because they are classified as endangered species in South Africa. The biggest danger these magnificent birds face …

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As the sun sets on 2017…

As this year draws to a close it’s hard to believe that the sun will be setting on another year. It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming in 2017!
It’s a good time to reflect on the highs and lows to see what we can take from our experiences to make the next year even better.

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The Chameleon

Although a change in colour is very good for camouflage, in fact, the ability to change colour has a deeper purpose.

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