Tag: Wildlife

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”

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”

Into the forest

There is something so mystical about spending time in a forest. Is it the sounds, smell or the density of the woods that stirs up this mystery? I spent a few nights in a simple little log cabin tucked away in the Magoebaskloof mountain… Continue Reading “Into the forest”

Moments of magic

It might be hard to imagine such a large animal being so relaxed. I reminisce about some magical moments being surrounded by these awesome animals. Getting images of animals at eye level or close to it is not always easy. I found myself below… Continue Reading “Moments of magic”

RIP Sasekile

With the amount of individual leopards that roam around it is not hard to form an emotional bond with these felines. Sasekile (The beautiful one) recently went independent from her mother Thlangisa. She established a territory adjacent to her mother’s territory. Although I had… Continue Reading “RIP Sasekile”