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The Circle of Life

The Circle of Life

, I almost drove straight past a female giraffe. You might not think this very exciting, but what I did not notice at first was that she had a small calf with her. As we got closer I noticed it was possibly the smallest calf I had ever seen. It was so small in comparison to his mom it barely came to the height of her belly to suckle.

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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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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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