Elephants Drinking from Swimming Pool at Lodges in Klaserie
Aug09

Elephants Drinking from Swimming Pool at Lodges in Klaserie

The winter is in full swing, which means the bushveld is crunchy, arid and no longer boasts the luscious green vegetation that summer brings. With the thinning out of the bushveld, the water sources become scarce. For plains game, they gain most of their moisture from the vegetation they digest so they will congregate at waterholes dotted in reserves to replenish their thirst. Elephants are our swimmers and water babies of the...

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Is the Hippo One of Africa’s Most Dangerous Animals?
Aug05

Is the Hippo One of Africa’s Most Dangerous Animals?

Derived from the Greek word meaning “water horse”, the hippopotamus is one of the most fascinating animals to see on safari. Their colossal bodies and bumbling ways look adorable. However, looks can be deceiving. Hippos kill an estimated 3000 people in Africa on an annual basis. The only other animal with such a high kill rate is mosquitoes, which are responsible for thousands of fatalities. The hippo is moody, aggressive,...

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Now is the Time to See African Wild Dogs in Kruger
Jul06

Now is the Time to See African Wild Dogs in Kruger

The African wild dog is an endangered species of dog that enjoys a nomadic lifestyle. These mottled dogs are critically endangered and are fondly known as the “painted wolf” due its crosshatch and pain-like splatters of colour on its fur. Considered a rare sighting and “one for the books”, there really is nothing more rewarding than observing these gregarious creatures flitting about in their packs and engaging...

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Critically Endangered Pangolin Spotted in Sabi Sand
Jul05

Critically Endangered Pangolin Spotted in Sabi Sand

The pangolin (scaly anteater) is one of the most critically endangered species in the world. This prehistoric looking creature is immensely shy and is rarely seen. They have a scaly, protective armour that shields them from danger, and when under threat they tend to curl up in a defensive ball position. They’re active at night and this is when they feed, so even when spotted there’s only a slim chance of seeing a pangolin...

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5 Facts About Elephants, Our Emotive Pachyderms
Jun04

5 Facts About Elephants, Our Emotive Pachyderms

Grey jumbos with their leathery hide and impressive tusks crunch their way through the bushveld wowing their onlookers with their emotive ways and giant presence. This larger-than-life herbivore is a much revered species and is one of the big five animals. Found in abundance throughout southern Africa, and in particular Botswana and Kruger, these emotional herbivores are one of the earth’s most intelligent species – so...

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Top 3 Unfortunate Looking Birds to Spot While on Safari
May28

Top 3 Unfortunate Looking Birds to Spot While on Safari

Human beings are naturally drawn to beauty and the aesthetic side of life. Beauty is believed to be derived from symmetry, which goes hand-in-hand with a human’s innate desire for balance. Beauty is not necessarily universal, but the idea of beauty is most certainly based on form, structure and colours. While beauty is most certainly in the eye of the beholder, the majority of eager safari-goers tend to have one thing in common...

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Types of Venomous Snakes in Southern Africa
Apr09

Types of Venomous Snakes in Southern Africa

Silently they sliver through the bushveld, disappearing without a trace and reappearing when you least expect it – this is the underground world of the serpent. Snakes are probably the misunderstood species within the safari world and irrationally feared by many. They don’t seek to destroy and when they feel vibrations from movement, they rapidly retreat. The majority of bites happen with snake handlers and those that have...

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