Visitors to South Africa are always keen to see the country’s celebrated Big Five – neglecting a wealth of smaller wildlife. To remedy this, some clever people came up with another must-see list, the Little Five: elephant shrew, ant lion, rhinoceros beetle, buffalo weaver and leopard tortoise! Today, Ranger Sabastion shares some fascinating background on
Before I tell you about my best sighting last week, I would like to share a bit about all the new faces around… I of course am talking about this little one, brand new to Sabi Sands… A newborn baby impala. One of the impalas most successful tactics in remaining numerous, is their breeding strategy. At
Ranger Sabastion gave us a quick rundown of the interesting sightings at Arathusa Safari Lodge last week – enjoy! On the picture above is Sibuyi and her female cub (just under a year old), resting in a bit of shade not far from a kill mom made – the cub being the one facing us.
“An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment.” – David Attenborough The spotted hyena is arguably the most successful large carnivore in Africa because it is both a proficient hunter and scavenger, displaying resourcefulness and stamina in its foraging pursuits. It
Xidulu taking a nap several hundred meters from the lodge Ranger Jamie Sangster shares his and his guests’ encounter with magnificent Xidulu… ‘We’ve had some nice sightings of our resident female leopard on the property recently. She was found south of our lodge heading towards the western side of our chalets. Initially we thought she
We were so excited to see this cheetah mom and her 2 cubs again, making their return after a few months. Click here to read more on our last sighting of these cheetahs It amazes me how changes happen every day in the bush, and how, when you least expect it, something occurs that still
As previously reported, there has been some interesting developments in the lion dynamics lately. Ranger Sabastion Wayne took a closer look and had the following to report: “The above good-looking sub-adult male lion, about three and a half years old, is one of the Talamati males that has been hanging around with some of the
I’m going to start off with probably the best sighting of the month for me – just because of how rare and elusive this animal is to find sometimes. What also makes this sighting extra special, is the fact that we managed to see a youngster with its mom and even managed to get a
Early on a chilly Spring morning, the Styx Pride was lying huddled together for warmth. Even though we didn’t expect much activity, we sat with them for half an hour – and who could blame us for staying? We were enjoying the breeze and had blankets and coffee waiting in thermos flasks in the back.
One of the highlights of this weekend was the return of the cheetah from the North* with her two cubs in time for spring day. She was in good spirits and health, although she has developed an eye complication since we last saw her a fortnight ago. It looks like a slight nick, without swelling,
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