One of these critters which always seems to strike fear into us, has eight independent legs, a hard exoskeleton, formidable-looking pincers, and venom-filled stinger poised and at the ready. If you haven’t guessed it already, I’m talking about the Scorpion.
On one of our safari drives, we were extremely fortunate to experience something truly special. Not only did we come across the elusive leopard, but it was leopards mating…
While on our path tracking the last wish list of my guests, my assistant guide, Ishmael suddenly pointed out to our left. As we looked over in the direction he motioned there was a pride of lions laying around and it seemed as if they were feeding on something.
The guests were extremely happy to look for things we had not yet seen, no matter if it was big or small.
Because both of them are fairly difficult to find while out on safari, our guests are generally quite confused as to which one is which.
Two of our lion prides have recently grown with cubs being born in the last couple months. Lion cubs are often born as part of a litter of up to six siblings.
One day it was predicted to reach 41 degrees Celsius or 105,8 degrees Fahrenheit. Now, this is pretty hot but that afternoon as we were preparing for Game Drive, we noticed there was a storm approaching from the west where the mountains lay.
Buffalo are known to kill lions when lions try to hunt them and even go out of their way to charge and mob lions to make sure they are chased out of the area where there are small calves.
On safari, we encounter different types of predators. Most of the time they are lazing around during the heat of the day, beautiful and majestic and fear nothing. However, this can all change in a matter of seconds if a different predator is in the vicinity.
It is usually assumed that due to their massive size, with a baby Elephant weighing as much as 100kg and adults about four to six tons, these animals are easy to find.
Today, the 22nd of September is labelled as, ‘World Rhino Day.’ A day that is dedicated to raising awareness in order to combat the plight of an iconic animal.
Once I knew what they were talking about, my heart rate and excitement skyrocketed. The ranger that had spotted them earlier said it looked like they were ready to be on the move again.
African Rock Pythons are currently listed in the South African Red Data Book as vulnerable. Large ones are often killed as they are a threat to local communities and their livestock. Therefore, the really big ones are an incredibly rare sight.
We decided to try the nearby water sources and see what nature had in store for us. Nothing was found near the water sources so we decided to go back to the kill site and follow the tracks from there. But that was not necessary!
I made my way north along the river to see if maybe we could spot a crocodile or even some Hippos, when we had the best possible surprise and sighting of the morning!
This action is commonly referred to as necking, but in fact is known as ‘sparring’. ‘Necking’ refers to the behaviour between males and females during courtship or bonding.
Hyenas are a well-known animal as they have featured in a few TV shows and movies, with probably one of the most famous being The Lion King, housing a reputation and a bad one at that.
Most of us are aware of the situation we are currently facing with the huge rhino poaching crisis in Southern Africa. This makes every sighting that we get of rhinos even more special than ever before…