Tag: Big 5

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”

From kittens to cubs

I clearly remember the day I approached the corner of a little rocky outcrop. Standing proudly on one of the rocks was a cheetah. Not just any cheetah. A mother with four overly excited newly born cubs ready to take on the world. That… Continue Reading “From kittens to cubs”

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”

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”

Hopefully another hooked lip

One thing that has always boggled my mind is how far some people wish to drive while on safari. Sometimes there’s enough to be seen in the immediate vicinity around the lodge/camp. After one very entertaining morning game drive it was time to head… Continue Reading “Hopefully another hooked lip”

Marching in

Arriving at a waterhole with an elephant bull wading in the water is such a pleasure to watch. A few minutes later I thought I heard something moving in the bushes around the waterhole. Seemingly out of nowhere a herd of elephants marched in.… Continue Reading “Marching in”