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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Rise of the New Kings

There is nothing more magnificent than seeing a powerful adult male lion, resplendent with his impressive mane encircling his head. Such an alpha male, in the prime of his life, is often seen patrolling the boundaries of his territory with fierce...

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8 Reasons to take a Walk on the Wild Side

Feel Africa underfoot on a guided bush walk with a highly-trained game ranger. Bush walks are included in the tariff and offer guests a deeper insight into the best kept secrets of the African bushveld. A bush walk is about exploring certain parts...

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Joyful Water Escapades

One hot summer's day, while making our way back to the lodge after a successful early morning safari, my guests and I witnessed a unique elephant gathering, certainly one of the best elephant sightings I have ever had. After watching lions hunt some buffalo, we...

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Goodbye Old Friend

Saying goodbye to someone is always hard, especially if that person has been part of a winning team for many years. Parting ways are then difficult and emotional. Kapama River Lodge staff were all very sad to say farewell to a wonderful old gem who has been a member...

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Romeo Versus Romeo

After a great game drive, we were heading back to the lodge for breakfast, when I saw some impala run in the distance, then stop and stare in one direction. I looked at my tracker and asked him, “Did you see that as well?” As we drove closer to investigate we came...

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Leopard 0 – Warthog 1

Whenever my guests and I head out for our game drive adventures, we usually get to the point during their stay where we have seen at least four of the Big 5 animals - lions, elephants, rhinoceros, and buffalo. Then we go on a mission to find the elusive leopard....

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Christmas party for Thulamahashe Children’s Home

The small town of Thulamahashe lies about 40 km south of Kapama Private Game Reserve. At the heart of this town is a safe haven for orphaned and abandoned children from the area – the Thulamahashe Children’s Home. The home is designed to...

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Delicious Ginger Biscuit Recipe

The countdown to the new year has started, as 2016 draws to a close we wanted to thank you for your valued support and wish you and your family a safe and pleasant journey this festive season. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous 2017! [gallery...

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Red-Crested Korhaans – Rockets of The Bushveld

There is a bird species found in the bushveld with the most curious way to advertise to competitors and impress females. For those who have never witnessed the startling display by the Red-Crested Korhaan – hang onto your seats as you are in for a surprise! The...

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Call of the Wild – Life as a Guide

Rassie Jacobs, Kapama River Lodge ranger, believes that choosing to be a ranger as a profession is not just about driving around and showing guests South Africa's wildlife, but rather more about providing a fun filled, exciting and educational experience. Kapama...

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King Clumsy Cat

On a beautiful early morning game drive, just after sun rise, my guests and I came across a pride of lions:  three adult females and five young cubs about a year old.  They were sleeping, as is often the case with lions. While we sat watching them, one of the adult...

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Battle of the Wings – Predator versus Scavenger

Working in the bush offers the opportunity to witness incredible wildlife interaction every day, but a few days ago, I saw something almost unbelievable. It was a beautiful sunny morning as I made my way back to my living quarters after the morning game drive.  I saw...

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Itsy Bitsy Spider

We bet you looked away and sat further back in your seat when you saw the photo right?  Well, before you hit the close button, we dare you to put aside your fear of spiders and take a closer look at this little gem. Once in a while you come across a creature that most...

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All creatures great and small – Kapama has them all

Kapama Game Reserve is renowned for the rich variety of animals which guests are able to view on an average game drive – and no wonder – as the reserve forms part of a region that has an extremely high biodiversity of animals great and small. This area, called the...

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Coming of age

A young male lion's first buffalo kill A week ago, my guests and I witnessed a fantastic hunt and kill by a young male lion that was not only wet behind the ears, but also trying to bring down a sub adult buffalo alone. He had been kicked out of his pride at the age...

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Good-bye Mr. Warthog

Witnessing a leopard kill from start to finish! (Not for sensitive readers) Wildlife documentaries on National Geographic and the Discovery Channel are full of violence – prides of lions taking down old buffalo bulls and wild dogs ripping apart helpless impalas – and...

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Wildlife wonderland in Southern Africa

Baby elephants playing together It is no secret that we love images of elephant calves here at Kapama Private Game Reserve. After all, what could be more adorable than baby animals playing together? Viewing these sprightly, good-natured elephant calves in their...

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Lurking in the waters

Crocodilian giants It’s winter here in South Africa, but in the bushveld temperatures can still reach nearly 30 degrees Celsius during the day. As the African sun climbs, animals wander to the nearest waterhole - home of the crafty crocodile. The...

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