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Hungry hyenas find a hippo

The dry season certainly creates barriers for certain animals, especially when water is involved. Some days the bush is relatively silent. Some days there is a hive of activity. Then there are those days that sound like a war zone has just erupted. I… Continue Reading “Hungry hyenas find a hippo”

Little Blue Eyes

Over the past few weeks, my favourite female leopard had been spending a great deal of time around my lodge. Her visits seemed to be for a very different reason. Basile lost a litter of cubs in December. Shortly afterwards she was seen mating… Continue Reading “Little Blue Eyes”

Reign of the Matimba’s

It has been just over a year since the Matimba brothers crossed over into my area of the reserve. What a roller coaster ride it has been for them. The two aged brothers arrived from the eastern parts of the reserve. When they arrived… Continue Reading “Reign of the Matimba’s”

A cub no more

It is fascinating to watch what changes when you assign time to the bush. It is just over a year ago since Schotia female leopard had a set of cubs. Unfortunately one passed on at a young age, but the other one survived. I… Continue Reading “A cub no more”

Marula Feast

If you have ever tasted the delicious fruit from the Marula tree, you will know why the animals go into frenzy for the fruit. The small, oval shaped fruit start to grow around December. The tree will drop the fruit, unripe, around mid to… Continue Reading “Marula Feast”

Khokovela and her cub

Finding new leopards is always a thrill. That excitement increases even more when there’s a new cub to be seen. Khokovela has kept her little cub safe for a few months now. I have missed all the previous opportunities to see the little one.… Continue Reading “Khokovela and her cub”

A Growing Pride

Nothing is constant and everything changes. Luckily there has been an exhilarating change in the bush. The young Othawa lioness has come of age. I was deeply excited when I heard that she was pregnant for the first time. All I had to do… Continue Reading “A Growing Pride”

Standoff

When you are in a densely populated leopard area, it is only a matter of time before they start to clash. It has been a long while since I’ve seen Hlabankunzi. She used to hold territory around Leopard Hills and has started making her… Continue Reading “Standoff”

Timbavati Lions

I simply can’t get enough of the bush and a few weeks ago I spent some time in the Timbavati Game Reserve. My first introduction was a very pleasant one. We found one of two Mbiri male lions on a wildebeest kill. Despite some… Continue Reading “Timbavati Lions”

The Herald

With the rise in temperatures and the first set of rain, the Lowveld has transformed itself into a lush, green reserve. Many small creatures have started becoming mobile again due to the summer weather. I recently found this little Herald or Red-lipped snake slithering… Continue Reading “The Herald”