Kapama Blog

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The Chameleon

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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The Slender Mongoose (Galerella sanguinea)

The Slender Mongoose is a small, light brown to dark red brown predator that, as the name suggests, is quite long and thin. They mostly live alone or in pairs and hunt during the day, making them diurnal. Their diet consists of rodents, reptiles and birds. They will...

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The Double Bump

We set off this morning with rhinos and hippos in mind - two of the three biggest animals on the reserve. We were not long into our drive when we come across some fresh dung and spoor of some rhinos. We decide to start following the spoor to see where it would take us...

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Our Feline Filled Morning

One morning, we left the lodge for the last morning drive for the guests. They hadn’t seen any cats at all, and I heard that there were lions that were seen around a dam the night before. I decided that we would try and find them again, so we followed the tracks until...

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The Catch of the Day

My guests had seen all of the big 5 and we were looking for one more special sighting. We decided to go and look so we drove around for a while. We were lucky enough to find hippos out of the water, sleeping on the bank of a dam (or as I like to say, catching a tan)....

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A Great Show!

It all started one morning when we left the lodge in search for lions. I heard that the big pride of 13 were around in an open area the night before, so I went straight there to see if I could find tracks to see which direction they had moved to during the night. I...

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Cape (Temminck’s) Pangolin (Manis temmickii)

The Cape Pangolin is a small mammal covered in tough scales that consists of keratin like human hair and nails. These scales serve to protect the animal as they roll into a ball to the head and soft belly on the inside. They feed on ants and termites, hence the...

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Bush Skills

A couple of days ago, my guests asked me to do a guided walk, specifically to go out and look for one of Africa’s notorious Big 5. They were really interested in experiencing the bush at a more in depth level than from the normal way – on the back of a game vehicle....

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An Unforgettable Day in Africa

What an amazing day out in the African bush! I have been guiding for 5 years and can honestly say that today has been one of the most exiting days I have ever experienced. It all started this morning when we headed out for our morning safari. After driving for about...

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Dwarf mongoose (Helogale parvula)

The dwarf mongoose looks like a normal mongoose, short legs, small ears, long tail and a big head. It is the smallest of the mongoose family (18 – 28 cm, 210 – 350 grams). They are also known as the smallest carnivore in Africa. The colours can range from yellowish...

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New born on Kapama

This morning we went out on a relaxed game drive. We saw many plains game, roaming around and interacting with one another. We went to the river where there are some hippo and lots of birds to see. We stopped there for a few minutes just to enjoy the view when we then...

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The years first

Today was a wonderful day! Before we left the lodge, we had a slight drizzle starting. All of my guests put on the ponchos I offered them and we set off for game drive. Not long after we started, the drizzle stopped and the sun came out. Our first sighting was of two...

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Handling her babies gently

For some reason, everyone likes to see new born babies - lions, elephants, zebra, giraffes, etc. However, some species are not that easy to find when there are babies around. This morning, we were lucky enough to see baby hyena pups. We went to the den where we would...

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Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus)

The waterbuck is quite a large antelope, with a coarse, shaggy grey – brown coat and can easily be identified by its distinctive white ring on its rump. Only the bull carries the long, ringed horns. There is usually a white band present on the upper throat, with a...

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Lion vs. Leopard

Interspecific competition in ecology is a form of competition in which individuals of different species compete for the same resource in an ecosystem (eg: food or living space). A few days ago, while on a game drive, we witnessed this form of competition when our...

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The wonder

We began our game drive at 16:30 and started looking for some general game as it was the first game drive for these guests. We were driving for about 20 minutes when I heard that they had just found a leopard. I decided to respond to the leopard sighting as it is the...

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The tension is building up in Africa

After the two days of them having disappeared, we found the southern male lion and one of the females, yesterday together, next to the dam. As we approached the sighting, the male did not show his appreciation for us being there. He started growling at the vehicle,...

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A day does not go by without a story in Africa

One morning drive, one of the other rangers called tracks of our big male and female lions on the radio and asked for someone to come and help. When I got to the area, I saw how fresh these signs were and decided it is worth our time to follow these big cats. As we...

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Times to remember

What can I say? Whenever we witness such beauty in the bush, it has to be shared and blogged. And the animal in question tonight is no stranger to blog stories. Two nights in a row we have been blessed to see the magnificent leopard male. Monday evening it was...

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