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Battle Scars

Battle Scars

This young bull appeared to have been in several fights already as he was covered in lacerations and scars all over his body. This is an easy way to identify him as a male, as females don’t have as many reasons to actively fight one another.

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Battle Scars

This young bull appeared to have been in several fights already as he was covered in lacerations and scars all over his body. This is an easy way to identify him as a male, as females don’t have as many reasons to actively fight one another.

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Interesting Facts about Baby Elephants

The reason I’m pointing this out is if young elephants are feeling uncomfortable with the presence of a vehicle they can often give out a cry of distress which will alert the bigger relatives who will often rush in and try and defend the little one.

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Kapama’s One-Eyed King

They all grouped up and starting to run straight towards the Lions, trying to chase them off, because the Buffalos had a few young caves amongst the herd. The Lions suddenly bolted trying to get away from this massive herd of Buffalo right on their tales.

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A Morning of Lions

We love and appreciate the time that guests take to thank us and share their memories through stories, photos and videos. One such story was shared by Kapama Karula guest Melanie Jones.  We trust you will enjoy it as much as we did.

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Gentle Ghostly Giants

We decided to go to a dam close by. As we haven’t had much rain, the bushveld is extremely dry. The elephants seemed to have moved in the direction of one of the few dams which still holds some water. We stopped at the dam…but nothing. Had we missed them again?

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Signs of a South African Bushveld Summer

This is an exciting time of the year for us as the bush comes alive. Kapama Private Game Reserve is certainly a year-round destination, with winter offering terrific sightings of both animals and birds. However, summer brings in new and exciting aspects to a Safari.

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The Moving Branch

I had been driving on a straight road when in the distance I spotted what looked like a thick branch lying in the middle of the road. I looked around, scanning the bush and terrain for other animals that would now be moving to find water. I looked back onto the road and this “branch” had somehow moved to the other side of the road.

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Leopard Caught Feasting

Besides the Lion, the Leopard is the next biggest African cat, with an average mass of 60 to 70kg. The Leopard’s hunting technique is to either ambush or stalk its prey, in either instance it tries to get as close as possible to its target. It then makes a brief and explosive charge up to 60km/h, pouncing on the prey with a bite to the neck.

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Buffalo Camp Leopard Tracking

As I approached the area, something did not seem right. If it was an impala there would have been more in the vicinity. I once again stopped the vehicle to confirm what had in fact crossed the road.

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Sunrise Surprise

I smiled broadly hoping I did not give anything away. I casually turned to my guests and told them we had a surprise for them. I slowly made our way towards the tree. As we approached my guest suddenly realised what we had spotted in the distance earlier. Finally, the moment we had hoped for materialised.

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The Water Monitor

The 10th fact is for me, the most interesting fact of all. That is the relationship they have with termites.

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Nyala Dance

They fluff up their tails and the dorsal manes on their back, whilst arching their heads forward with horns held high. It is in this rather contorted posture that they then deliberately circle one another, slowly high stepping their bright yellow/orangey legs as they go.

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What are the Huge Mounds on the side of the Road?

he known Predators for Termites are Humans, Aardvark, Matabele Ants and some species of Birds. The mounds are also being used as a scratching post for some animals such as Rhino, Buffalo, Warthog, where all their hard work can be destroyed in much less time that it took to build.

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From Calm to Chaos

All of a sudden it seemed as if chaos broke out. Alarm calls and barking were going off in all directions, animals running left and right and all over the place trying to escape the lion’s attack. After that, we heard a massive thud as if something fell to the ground and a final grunt. Then everything went quiet again…

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On the Prowl

It wasn’t long before she gracefully made her way down from the termite mound. The Leopard seemed to be quite interested in the movements of the Nyala, and she slowly made her way towards them. In her elegant stride, she stopped a few times and glared at us before continuing on with a steady pace. We followed her, eager to see what would happen.

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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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