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Don’t Monkey Around With a Leopard

Looking for a place to cross a steep-sided stream bed on our way to view rhino, we found the fresh signs of a leopard who’d earlier found the same way across. We were all now wide awake with the prospect of our Big Five game viewing shooting up to two in a matter of minutes! …
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August 7, 2018 | admin_obc CategoriesThe Ranger's Diary, Wildlife | Comments Off on Don’t Monkey Around With a Leopard
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This Is Not a Zoo – This Is REAL!

In Denmark, where I live, we always say with a smile that people who travel to the same place again and again are old and living a boring life without much change. I am a traveller myself, addicted to exploring wildlife destinations, and lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel all over the world …
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July 27, 2018 | admin_obc CategoriesFrom our guests | Comments Off on This Is Not a Zoo – This Is REAL!
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All About the All-Important Elephant

Elephants are a ‘keystone’ species meaning they support the healthy functioning of ecosystems and even the survival of other species. Due to their large size and energy requirements, elephants have a big impact on their environment. Elephants are quite destructive feeders and push over trees to access green leaves on the crown. They also debark …
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July 11, 2018 | admin_obc CategoriesWildlife | Comments Off on All About the All-Important Elephant
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Vultures in Perspective: So Much More Than Squabbling Scavengers  

Five species are well represented in the Sabi Sands lowveld due to large predator and prey populations, and include the lappet-faced, white-backed, white-headed, hooded, and Cape vultures. Vagrant palm-nut and Egyptian vultures are also recorded in the neighbouring Kruger National Park from time to time. Rüppell’s vultures and bearded vultures are absent from the area, …
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July 3, 2018 | admin_obc CategoriesWildlife | Comments Off on Vultures in Perspective: So Much More Than Squabbling Scavengers  
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The Styx Ladies – Still Going Strong

Over the past week or so, we have seen the return of the infamous, and sometimes elusive, Styx lionesses and their youngsters. We had some epic sightings, managing to watch them twice on a kill – just missing by mere seconds seeing them bring down a young zebra. We did, however, hear the commotion right …
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June 28, 2018 | admin_obc CategoriesThe Ranger's Diary | Comments Off on The Styx Ladies – Still Going Strong
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Wild About African Wild Dogs

At Arathusa, we are very fortunate to see South Africa’s rarest carnivore – although not predictably, fairly often. There are reportedly only about 4 500 left in the wild. Habitat loss is a cause for the decline of many species’ populations, and African wild dogs, who need a whopping 500 to 1 000km2 range in …
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June 21, 2018 | admin_obc CategoriesWildlife | Comments Off on Wild About African Wild Dogs

On Safari: The Spotted Hyena

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 is the only mammal that can digest bone, which it crushes in its powerful jaws, and thereby extracts calcium and protein unavailable to other …
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June 15, 2018 | admin_obc CategoriesWildlife | Comments Off on On Safari: The Spotted Hyena

Arrival of a New Central Male Leopard

Hukumuri – a new and relatively young male (about 5 years old) – has cleverly and successfully wedged himself between the western male, Anderson’s and the eastern male, Tingana’s territories. They were either not frequently enforcing their boundaries, or didn’t detect him quickly enough to deter him. New kid on the block – Hukumuri male …
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May 24, 2018 | admin_obc CategoriesThe Leopards, Wildlife | Comments Off on Arrival of a New Central Male Leopard
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Arathusa Safari Lodge delivers Pack for a Purpose supplies to Hananani Primary School

Many of you may have heard of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows visitors from around the world to leave a ‘heart print’ on communities in their travel destinations. As a proud member of this incredible initiative, we are grateful to all of our guests who saved some space in their luggage to …
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February 8, 2018 | admin_obc CategoriesNews, Our Community | Comments Off on Arathusa Safari Lodge delivers Pack for a Purpose supplies to Hananani Primary School
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A rare and up-close encounter with the elusive Pangolin

Pangolins are renowned for their inconspicuous traits – being highly nomadic, solitary, nocturnal and secretive, and hiding underground much of their lives. Field guides can sometimes go for years without spotting one. However, at Arathusa we’ve been fortunate enough to catch more than one sighting of these critters. The change of season from winter to …
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November 1, 2017 | admin_obc CategoriesWildlife | Comments Off on A rare and up-close encounter with the elusive Pangolin
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