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Moments of Pride

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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Murky Water

Not too long ago, while out on a game drive, as we drove past the bird hide one of my guests pointed to something in the distance and asked: “ Francois, what is that?” A memorable smile crossed my face and I began to remember that wonderful story…

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The King of the Bushveld

Two Lion cubs about 6 months old crossed the road in the direction from which the noise had come. We immediately made our way there. What success for the Lions.

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A Day at the Spa

The youngest of the herd, about 3,5 months old, was excited to get in on the fun. Not having too much control of the thousands of muscles in the trunk she just went head first into the mud and tried not to get stuck in the deeper pools.

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A “Barking” Discovery

The excitement was building as we edged ourselves even nearer. Expectations were through the roof. We finally got to the area where the original sound had come from. As we approached we saw a female Impala running away. But that was not all that we saw.

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Wildebeest calf – Watch it being born

We moved in a little closer for my guest to work his skill with his camera. To our surprise, not only did we find one, but two tiny wildebeest calves staying so close to their mothers that they were almost invisible.

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Endangered Big 6 Bird

This was truly an amazing sighting to come across because they are classified as endangered species in South Africa. The biggest danger these magnificent birds face …

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As the sun sets on 2017…

As this year draws to a close it’s hard to believe that the sun will be setting on another year. It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming in 2017!
It’s a good time to reflect on the highs and lows to see what we can take from our experiences to make the next year even better.

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The Chameleon

Although a change in colour is very good for camouflage, in fact, the ability to change colour has a deeper purpose.

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A Small Surprise on a Big Buffalo

We watched in awe as around 150 Cape buffalo appeared out of the tree line and made their way down to the water’s edge. The group became louder as they pushed their way through to find an open place to drink. Many oxpeckers flew down to drink as well.

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Day of the Jackal

My guests certainly did not expect to see a black-backed jackal and its pups. Normally the Big 5 are high up on the list of animals guests would prefer to see and very often the other species are overlooked.

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Spa Safari – A perfect combination

Kapama Private Game Reserve situated in the Greater Kruger area not only has four 5-star luxury lodges but also houses two state-of-the-art Wellness Centres and Spas. Besides indulging in lush African inspired spa therapy treatments, as Kapama is a Big 5 Private Game Reserve, seeing lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino over a 2-day safari is very possible.

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Tree Agama

During mating, they bob their head up and down in a display. While admiring the agama, another caught my eye. Lower down on the same tree I spotted the female tree agama. Her markings were strikingly different and superbly suited to their tree-dwelling habitat.

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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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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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Bushveld Spa

This is very common practice for warthogs, buffalo, rhinos and elephants. However, in most cases, you normally only get to see the muddy animals or maybe a scratch or two. Seeing the whole therapy session play out in front of us was just such an awesome treat, especially for my guests!

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Practice Makes Perfect

It was obvious that this was practice for one day when they will need to start hunting for themselves. Each of the young lion cub’s instinctively went for the neck of the other.

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Postcard Photo Sightings

That afternoon as we climbed the cruiser for the sundowner safari, we departed camp with very excited guests, including myself. We were going to investigate the scene that we had left behind earlier that morning hoping for the best result possible.

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