Kapama Blog

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Jackal on a Hunt

Jackal on a Hunt

The impala’s bucking and swerving continued for a few minutes. He stopped his dust dance and circling to try and catch his breath. Clearly the additional 9kg+ locked onto his underbelly with sharp teeth was taking its toll. As soon as the Impala came to a stop, the jackal let go of his grip.

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Ticks

Most guests visits wildlife areas to see all the large animals you may find and maybe some of the smaller creatures that are easily seen. One of the small ones most people miss however is the Ticks. Ticks belong to  the Arachnid family and there are millions of them...

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Leopard vs Lions

One morning my guests asked to leave half an hour earlier so we left at 06:30am. After driving for about 30 minutes we found some fresh rhino tracks and decided to follow them. After following for a while, we found lion tracks on top of the fresh rhino tracks – the...

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Infantaside

We set out this afternoon needing two of the big five to call it a done deal; the rhino and the famous Leopard. I knew of a leopard that was seen earlier on during the day on a kill so I thought we should go out a little sooner than usual. As we got to the area where...

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A story about owls

Owls are birds of prey, meaning that they actively hunt live prey such as smaller birds, reptiles, small mammals and so on using very unique adaptations that set them aside from any other of the bird families. Exceptional eyesight and superb hearing is two of the...

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Marula Season

It is Marula time in the Lowveld and everywhere you look you can see the Marula trees and fruit lying on the ground. Marula fruit is well known in South Africa and the delicious taste of Marula fruit reflects its origins as the "food of kings." Marula fruit has up to...

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Lucky rainy weather

With all the rains in the last couple weeks, we haven't been able to drive off-road for quite a while. Asides from many vehicles getting potentially stuck, going off road in these wet conditions is extremely damaging to the soil and environment, and so we have to...

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Kapama welcomes you

Over the last month, we have had some amazing and memorable sightings. Especially of three new young male leopards. Originally, our leopard sightings were short-lived and mostly of female leopards. However, with these new additions to our Kapama family, we have been...

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Life lessons

On drive this afternoon, we decided that we wanted to follow up on our resident pride of lions that are known as the southern pride. We made our way to the area where they had last been seen and on our way to that area, we had a lot of wonderful sightings of plains...

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This afternoon

We left on this afternoon’s game drive a little earlier to start our search for animals. The first animals we saw were six warthogs eating and rolling around in the mud. It was quite entertaining and my guests took great photos. As we carried on, we came across some...

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A different focus

It all started one afternoon at 16:30 – the time that everyone looks forward to where we go out into the bush and look for animals. It was my guests’ first drive here on Kapama and on the first drive, I like to keep the sightings focused on the general game –...

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To learn and experience

Being on a safari is always an adventure that any person in the world would love to experience. I like to see myself as a ranger, as a reader of the book of the bush, seeing as it is my job, not only to find and show guests the animals they want, but also to explain...

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An unfamiliar visitor

On some Game drive’s we tend to see leopards. This is not a frequent sighting because of this beautiful creature’s shy and elusive behavior, therefore, it is always a bonus and a pleasure to spot one. Every time I see a leopard is like seeing it for the first time and...

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A good day of tracking

We left the lodge round about 4:30pm and we decided to drive in the North-Western side of the reserve to see if we can find the elusive leopard. We drove around looking for any fresh signs of this cat but instead we found some rhino tracks and they were very fresh,...

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The early morning unexpected find

This morning when I woke up, I walked to my cruiser ready for game drive and I heard the big male lion roar not far from River Lodge. When I got to the lodge and met my guests, all excited, I told them they must get into the vehicle so that we can go and look for...

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Success

There are thousands of reasons why I love the Bushveld, and this day was another reminder of how nice a day out on safari really can be. The first few drives were nice and quiet; we saw some really nice birds, rodents, insects, amphibians and plains game, but none of...

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Baby Elephant Walk

This morning while out on safari, Moses my tracker, picked up very fresh spoor of Elephants. We decided to try and find these mighty beast of the wild. After a good hours' tracking and predicting we found a small satellite breeding herd with a few juveniles, sub...

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Wallowing… Why?

During the rainy season we find lots of little pools of water all over the reserve. Obviously this provides lots of water for a myriad of animals to wallow and cool down in. As humans we would probably pay lots of money for these "mud treatments" in a health spa,...

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Back from hibernation

After all the blessings of the rain that we had, our reptiles were hidden and the hippopotamus migrated from the big dams to smaller dams. In addition, it was not easy to see crocodiles anymore. But luckily the rain has subsided so the animals are returning to their...

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