Tag: Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve

Safari from my backyard – Part 1

With an adjustment to the “new normal” and a lot of gratitude practices being observed, I would like to share one of the things that I am truly grateful for – My Backyard. I am in a very fortunate position to be able to… Continue Reading “Safari from my backyard – Part 1”

Tavangumi on the hunt

Always alert and always prepared, a phrase I would use to sum up most of my leopard encounters. I often find myself in the company of leopards, watching them casually walking down a gravel road marking their territories or see them resting in the… Continue Reading “Tavangumi on the hunt”

The Matimba male and Othawa lions hunt a buffalo

There is no doubt that lions are extremely powerful predators. Sometimes it might be hard to fathom just how strong and efficient these animals might be. I recently had an encounter of a lifetime with a resident lion pride. The Othawa lions and the… Continue Reading “The Matimba male and Othawa lions hunt a buffalo”

What are the young Othawa’s trying to get hold of now?

There is never a dull moment when a troop of baboons are nearby. This is especially true when the troop is stranded in the tree tops and a pride of lions are waiting for them at the base. This scenario started off like many… Continue Reading “What are the young Othawa’s trying to get hold of now?”

Basile moves her cubs

The New Year has started off very well in the bushveld. On 11 December 2019, our resident female leopard gave birth to two tiny cubs at the lodge. She moved them to another den soon afterwards. After a few weeks of allowing the cubs… Continue Reading “Basile moves her cubs”

From out of the reeds

The best way to experience the bush is on foot. That gives you the opportunity to experience the smaller things around you and to access areas that are not easily accessible with a vehicle. I spent some time along the Sand River and watched… Continue Reading “From out of the reeds”

Painted Wolves fight for their food

Waking up before sunrise and taking in the stillness of nature is certainly one way to start the morning. The bush slowly comes to life as the birds start their morning chorus, the bugs start buzzing around and the sun slowly starts to rise.… Continue Reading “Painted Wolves fight for their food”

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”