Kapama Blog

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Bird, Birder, Birding!

Bird, Birder, Birding!

Guests don’t often realise the plethora of other types of wildlife they can submerge themselves in when visiting Kapama Private Game Reserve. As part of the Greater Kruger area, besides the Big 5, the terrain offers a magnificent array of bird life that is sometimes even more impressive.

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Female Buffalo vs Male Lion

We set out this afternoon on safari, big 5 already completed. So I thought this would be a good time to spend some time showing my guests the smaller things in Africa like tracks, dung, some trees and their medical uses, etc. This all was a lot of fun. As we had some...

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The power of the Rains Down in Africa

As many of you know there have been heavy rains down here in the Hoedspruit area over the last week. While not quite as intense as last year's rain around this time which caused major flooding and damage - with only about half the amount of rainfall this time round -...

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The Mozambique Spitting Cobra

The Mozambique spitting cobra is one of the most common cobras in the savanna region, often found near water. This cobra’s diet mainly consists of frogs and toads, other snakes, birds, eggs, small mammals, and even insects occasionally. It is considered one of the...

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What a good night

Our guests were only staying for 1 night and myself and Steven (my tracker) were under a little bit of pressure to find them the animals that they wanted to see. We started by looking for some elephants and went to the area were they were last seen on the morning...

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Lion Surprise

We decided in the afternoon to try look for the pride of lions that hadn’t been seen for a few days as they were last seen in a new area in the reserve called lerato. It has only been open for the past month so it is hard to tell where you are; we all are still...

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OPEN YOUR EYES

Like every year, we went through the winter season here on Kapama Private Game Reserve. There is always enough natural feed and water for all the animals on the reserve, but we were all a little bit worried in the beginning of the summer season which is our rainfall...

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An unexpected surprise

On Sunday afternoon I set out on game drive with my guests not knowing what I would or could find in the heavy rain. It was not ordinary rain either; this was proper African rain, pouring as if it would not stop. So we drove down a few roads trying to find some...

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Early mornings in Africa

One is never really certain what to expect out of a morning safari at Kapama. It all started off with us going to the area where the pride of lions was last seen. On our way we see the male lion tracks going one way accompanied by one female and the rest of the prides...

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Unforgettable drive

Wow! Last night was truly an amazing night. My guests and I were following up on a big male leopard for at least half an hour before we found our first fresh leopard tracks and started to follow them right away. After about fifteen minutes we see this big male leopard...

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My first

It's nearing midnight here at River Lodge, and I'm waiting for the last of our guests to go to sleep for the night. Seems like it might be a while still, as there are quite a few people sitting around the bar talking about the day's events and what everyone saw on...

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The afternoon

It all started one afternoon; we left the lodge at 4:30pm. It was my guests’ first safari in Africa so we stopped at all the smaller things such as impala and their new babies. As we went on I heard on the radio that they had found a leopard lying on top of a termite...

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Appreciate the smaller things

Most visitors to Kapama have been sold by the idea of seeing the Big 5. But what most guests don’t realize is that there is a lot more to a game drive than seeing the “Big 5”. The smaller animals and even the plants can be just as interesting and sometimes even more...

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Going into the new year with open arms

The year has almost come to an end and what a year Kapama has had. Just looking at the last few weeks there have been so many wonderful things that have happened on the reserve, from the birth of a new elephant calf to the addition of a new 800 hectares piece of land...

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The Spotted Hyena

Hyenas generally live in family groups, or clans, led by a dominant adult female. The clan sizes can vary from three up to about fifteen individuals living within a defended territory marked by communal scat or dung middens. Another way of marking their territory is...

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Honey badger

On safari this afternoon we set out from camp with the plan of looking for lions. On our way to the area where the lions were last seen, we went around a bend and bumped in to a pair of honey badgers. Honey badgers are very interesting and secretive animals. I will...

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A little snack

We set out this afternoon like any other day, not really knowing what to expect out of the African bush. As we left the lodge we ran into some fresh rhino tracks so we started following them. After about 20 minutes of walking, my tracker called me to say he has got...

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The world of a leopard

Many guests come to Africa with the expectation to see a leopard. What they do not realize is that the leopard is one of the most elusive and secretive animals in the wild. However, we do try to find them one. I had guests that were staying at River Lodge for four...

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Good things come to those who wait

In the morning game drive we saw a lot of different antelopes grazing is a nice open area. What took our attention was the two male impala that were fighting. At this time of the year this kind of battle is rare; they usually occur in April. As the fight went on we...

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