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A Small Surprise on a Big Buffalo

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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Night life

Everyday on Kapama is a busy day for the rangers. We enjoy what we do, but for us it’s relaxing to go to bed and sleep at night. The other night after a very interesting day full of wonderful sightings I went to bed and was exhausted. It was only a few minutes and I...

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An interesting match

My guests and I have been having a great time during our drives, watching general game as well as exciting animals such as lions and seeing them in their natural habitat. In one of our drives, just as the sun was starting to set, one of the guests on my vehicle...

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An evening to remember

Tonight, my guests and I followed a herd of elephants through a very big riverbed. The tracks were fresh therefore we knew we were close by. Unfortunately, we got stuck in the riverbed, trying for almost an hour to dig ourselves out. Luckily we managed to get out but...

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Less is more

We had a wonderful safari before the sun went down as we saw a lot of animals that are usually rare to see, especially during the day. When we started our safari, my tracker spotted an aardvark coming out of a hole inside a termite mound – we both smiled at one...

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Infanticide

We have had some amazing sightings of our three new lion cubs playing on the open plains. It is sad to say that two of the three have not survived – they were attacked by an older male lion that came into their territory. Needless to say, the surviving cub has...

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From the “Big 5” to the “Little 5”

Many people come to Africa to witness the infamous “Big 5” but what about the “Little 5”? We all know that the “Big5” are the Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino, Lion and Leopard. But then what are the “Little 5”? The Elephant Shrew: This is a small, mouse-like creature with a...

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The African Wild Cat

The African Wild Cat appears to be a domestic cat to many of our visitors. But what they do not know is that it is an extremely endangered species – surprisingly not due to poaching or loss of habitat, but instead due to interbreeding with domestic cats. Domestic cats...

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The final five minutes

It’s a chilly day in the lowveld, more than what we are familiar with and the animals feel the same way. It is clear that our bush friends aren’t too fond of the cold weather and only get themselves out and about a lot later in the mornings. Luckily the lowveld sun...

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Interesting worms, elephants and civets

Our afternoon safari started with extreme excitement amongst the group of guests. As soon as we left the camp, we immediately came across an amazing natural event unfolding right in front of us; known as the processionary worms. The special event known as the...

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Double Leopard

It was the last morning drive with my 5 guests, and we’d been fortunate enough to have amazing sightings over the last couple days; including a lion killing a warthog! All that was left, as usual, was the elusive leopard. It was quite late into our drive, and there...

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The small wonders

Most of our guests come to Africa to see what is known as the “Big 5” but as a guide we like to see the rarer smaller things such as caracal, serval, civet, aardvark, etc. One drive, I remember coming across a caracal and two black-backed jackals facing off one...

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Cape Porcupine

One animal that we do not see often, but is very interesting, is the porcupine [Hystrix africaeaustralis]. Here are some facts about these mysterious and alien-looking creatures: • It is the largest rodent in the areas they live in and can weigh between 18 and 30kg. •...

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Nature

When we started our safari, it was overcast here on Kapama. The wind was extremely strong, going from north to south. This was unfortunate as we were going against the wind. However, my tracker, Stanley, spotted some fresh lion tracks which was promising as the wind...

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Southern Ground Hornbill

Today’s Blog Story I will be giving you some interesting facts about the Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri). This large bird can be found from northern Namibia and Angola to Northern South Africa to Burundi and Kenya. They are found in savanna habitat...

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The Flap-Necked Chameleon

One of my favourite nocturnal animals would have to be the flap-necked chameleon. The flapped-necked chameleon is a large chameleon. Colouration varies, from pale yellow through green shades to brown. These guys also display their colours depending on their moods; a...

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A closer look at segmented worms

Earthworms have a closed circulatory system. They have two main blood vessels that extend through the length of their body: a ventral blood vessel which leads the blood to the posterior end, and a dorsal blood vessel which leads to the anterior end. The dorsal vessel...

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More than one surprise

We set off on our afternoon safari a little earlier than usual –it was my guests’ first drive but I decided to try and find the infamous and secretive leopard. We went to the area where a young male leopard had been seen that morning. One of my fellow rangers had...

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Rhino Tracking

On the morning of Tuesday 21 March, we set out with the mission of finding some rhinos. Sometimes these animals prove to be easy to find, and other times very difficult to find. We had an idea of where they had been the day before and went straight to that area. On...

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