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​At my doorstep

In the bush anything is possible. This could not be further from the truth as I witnessed something incredible at my doorstep. What started out as a normal day in the bush would most certainly not end as a normal day in the bush.… Continue Reading “​At my doorstep”

​Moving out

The first rain of the rainy season has arrived and the Lowveld is buzzing with new life. The air is filled with the frenzied calls of the migratory Woodlands Kingfisher and Red Chested Cuckoo. The leaves cover the trees once again and green grass… Continue Reading “​Moving out”

Well spotted

Dull grey and brown hues dominate the bush as it nears the end of the dry season. This in turn provides the perfect camouflage for animals in their natural environment. I treat every day in the bush as a new day and wonder what… Continue Reading “Well spotted”

Go Birding

“Could you please show us some birds” is not a phrase I hear too often when heading out with guests on safari. With a country as diverse as South Africa, shouldn’t a day out in nature include a little more than the request to… Continue Reading “Go Birding”

​Coming in strong

Understading animal movements and behaviours can provide you with exceptionally rewarding sightings. This was the case for me this week. I stumbled on some lionesses and cubs walking hastily down a road towards me. They were still a fair distance away from me. I… Continue Reading “​Coming in strong”

Tuck in

Escaping economics, even in the bush, is impossible. Supply and demand will inevitably even itself out especially when lions are involved. Although waterholes support a great diversity of life forms and act as points where animals congregate, they also serve as easy pickings for… Continue Reading “Tuck in”

​A lovers’ embrace

Scaly, leathery and prehistoric is one of many words that one might like to use to describe a reptile. The lowly Water Monitor is no exception to this description. After spending an exhilarating 6 months in the Lowveld bush preparing to be a ranger,… Continue Reading “​A lovers’ embrace”

An easy meal

Winter is quickly approaching and life in the bush responds to the change in season. I had some quiet time one afternoon last week. A few friends and I casually sat outside soaking up the last bit of sunshine that the season had to… Continue Reading “An easy meal”

Nandzana Leopard

Whilst thoroughly enjoying the bush life and all the spectacular events that have taken place, there was still one animal that has evaded me each time I head off into the bush. I’ve seen a couple of tracks, heard calls outside my room and… Continue Reading “Nandzana Leopard”

The Separation

Breaking the news that there’s a male lion in the area often creates pandemonium in a game reserve. To me it is almost more interesting watching the people’s various reactions and responses to the sighting than the sighting itself. I had spent a morning… Continue Reading “The Separation”