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Hitching a Ride

Hitching a Ride

He was struggling to not only push the ball, but also push it up a small hill. He would move his boulder about halfway up this hill, loose strength and then sadly roll back down into the road. I heard soft chatter from my guests with an occasionally Aww! each time it happened.

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Hitching a Ride

He was struggling to not only push the ball, but also push it up a small hill. He would move his boulder about halfway up this hill, loose strength and then sadly roll back down into the road. I heard soft chatter from my guests with an occasionally Aww! each time it happened.

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Do you have the gall?

I had the urge to write about insects seen as though we recently had International insect week in June. Normally our blog stories focus on an experience we had in the bush, and this is by no means different. Still an awesome experience with loads of Wows! and wonder.

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Rosettes vs Spots

I turned around as quickly as I could and went to fetch my guests. They were incredibly excited, rushed off to get their cameras and jumped back onto the vehicle. When we got to the sighting and even though we knew what had happened, we couldn’t believe our eyes.

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50% Luck, 50% Skill

This was a great sign, as impala and other animals alike will give off an alarm call when they see a predator. I told my guests “brace yourselves folks”, we picked up our game drive speed…

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A Day at the Den

My highlight this month has definitely been at one of the hyena dens on our concession. At the moment there are several hyena cubs active at the dens and have provided us with some spectacular sightings.

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Moments of Pride

As he lent back, preparing himself for the huge leap, we all held our breaths, for one miss calculation could mean he would not make it or end up impaled on the trees thorny protection.
It appeared as if in our own minds we were all silently counting him down. One… Two… Threeeeeeeee… and he took off …

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Gladiators of the Plains

They touched down for a second then began again with another round. Even in the air, they continued to bite each other’s face and neck. This continued for a while, chasing each other up and down the plains testing the strength and stamina of their worthy opponent.

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Bush Cleaning

When we arrived, we noticed that a baby giraffe had been killed during the night or early hours of the morning. Even though we did not get to see the kill and the lions were no longer feeding, it was still an interesting opportunity for my guests to hear the call of the hyena, as well as see how they break and chew on bones.

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The “Dagga” Boys

For my guest’s they could not differentiate if they were males or females. This was the perfect opportunity for me to elaborate on a few interesting facts about one of the Big 5, that for me is just as fascinating as seeing them out in the wild.

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Relaxed Leopard Tracking

So the cat and mouse game began! A great test of our tracking skills. When we arrived at the last seen spot of the male Leopard, we looked for any signs he left behind in order to get a direction of movement. We found some tracks moving in a westerly direction. Unfortunately for us…

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Prey and Predator

While we were driving around, the sun slowly started it’s decent, signally the time to enjoy a delicious sundowner and snacks. Before we picked our spot for the sundown stop, I decided to make a quick turn around a waterhole close by. When we arrived, an amazing surprise was waiting for us.

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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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