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As the sun sets on 2017…

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 Stories Behind Chameleons in African Culture and Folk Tales

This is the best time of a year where we see a lot of chameleons. They are found throughout almost all of southern and central Africa, with the northern limits of its range extending from Nigeria and Cameroon in the west, to Somalia and Ethiopia in the east. They are...

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Rain Frogs (Breviceps sp.)

One of the most wonderful sounds after a good rain in the African bush is the sound of all the amphibians, singing their songs, and trying to attract a mate. There are notes that are high pitched, ones that are a low rumble, ones that sound like the frog has a bit of...

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Appreciating the Smaller Things

This afternoon, we had one of those drives that some people would consider being very quiet as we didn’t see any of the big 5 animals. This was fine, however, as we had already seen them the day before. This drive turned out to be a whole new experience all together....

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How the Zebra Got His Stripes

Long ago, when animals were still new on earth, the weather was very hot, and there was little water that remained in pools and pans. One of these pools of little water was guarded by a boisterous baboon, who claimed that he was the 'lord of the water' and forbade...

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Dwarf Mongoose (Helogale parvula)

The Dwarf mongoose is the smallest carnivore found in Africa. Thus they can be called the opposite of lions, who is the biggest. But by no means are they any less interesting. Fully grown they can weigh between 200 and 350 grams and is about 20 to 30 cm long. They are...

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White Tailed Mongoose (Ichneumia albicauda)

The White-tailed Mongoose is the largest of the mongoose family. They can weigh between 2.5 - 4kg. The body is light brown to grey and the legs are black. So the white of the tail really does stand out and gives the animal its name. These mongooses are nocturnal...

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Mud Baths and Night Hunting

The afternoon game drive started with my group and I were going out into the bush to look for some of the wonderful bird life throughout the reserve. As we went along, we saw some beautiful terrestrial birds as well as some spectacular water birds. As we were driving...

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Looking For More Than Just The Rump

It was the last morning drive of my guests stay here at river lodge. On the previous few drives, we had been treated with amazing sightings and interactions, including a very relaxed leopard casually drinking water at a dwindling dam just a few meters from our...

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Big Eyed Wonder

At the start of every spring season, the little creatures that we don’t see in the winter time start to make their appearances. One of my favorite little scaled critters is the Boomslang – in my opinion one of the most beautiful and majestic of the snake family. The...

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Foam Nest Tree Frog (Chiromantis rufescens)

A very common visitor that you might find in and around the lodge area is the Foam nest frog (also known as the Brown tree frog). The colour of these individuals depends on where you had seen them, as they can change their colour depending on their surrounding...

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Spotted Bush Snake (Philothamnus semivariegatus)

With the end of winter drawing close, the anticipation of a facelift for the bush in general is the main talking point at the moment. As the temperatures are slowly increasing, our cold blooded friends are starting to show face, with an increasing amount of “snake...

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The Mating Behavior of Scorpions

The males have to be very careful when seeking out a female for mating as she might mistake his presence as lunch instead of a reproduction opportunity. So he does a little dance for her by waving his pincers, swaying his tail and shivering his body to send vibrations...

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Surviving the Winter

As we all know, the winter has past and spring is upon us. So on a lovely warm and sunny afternoon, we left the lodge on a quest to find animals. Around an hour into the drive, my tracker (Magnum) stopped me and told me to look into the relatively small Knob thorn...

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Black Footed Cat (Felis nigripes)

The Black footed cat is one of the least studied cats in Africa, and was listed as Vulnerable in 2005. This is the smallest of the African cat species, with males only weighing up to about 2.5 kg in weight. Females are a little smaller and weigh up to about 1.7 kg in...

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A bushwalk full of excitement

After a lovely morning game, drive my guests wanted to be a bit more adventurous out in the African bush and asked if we can go out on a bushwalk. After assessing the weather and situation, we decided that the conditions were good enough for a walk. We proceeded to...

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Lion VS Honey badger

One evening, while out on a night drive, we were fortunate enough to see our biggest pride of 13 lions. There was quite a commotion and they seemed to be concentrating hard on whatever they were doing. They seemed to be teasing a honey badger. We watched in awe as the...

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African Colours

In my opinion, the most beautiful time of the day is just when the sun is coming up, over the horizon, when the world is waking up to the first rays of sunshine. I haven’t been at Kapama long, but even the sleepiest guests seem to appreciate the colours that the sun...

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Two for One

A few days back, my guests and I set out on our morning safari. We had seen some incredibly lucky sightings the day before, being treated to a leopard feeding on an impala, as well as an awesome sighting of the elephants, with the youngsters all playing near our...

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