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Madiba

It is hard to believe that an entire year has passed since Shadow the leopard gave birth to two cubs. Shortly after the cubs had been born, my tracker Rifos and I spent a lot of time on foot in the thick drainage basins at Arathusa eagerly following what few signs had been left by   

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Styx-pride

It was a sad day for all, as we came across the five Birmingham male lions. Next to them was one of the Styx female lions looking ravaged. It was clear that she had been brutally attacked by the males. The lioness had been critically wounded – so much so that she literally faded away   

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Lion-cub

I have had the privilege of guiding for many years, and will always smile when we encounter a young animal on game drive. Regardless of species, the blatant curiousity towards and fascination of our game vehicles are always the sure sign of a baby’s overactive and inquisitive mind! Of late, I have been giving this   

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Styx-lioness-&-cub

As the five Birmingham male lions slowly make their way further and deeper into the two Matimba male’s territory, the Styx pride are becoming more vulnerable to the highly likely onslaught of the advancing coalition. Understandably, the Styx and the Matimbas have not left one another’s sides, as they are clearly aware that of the   

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Lioness

Troubled times surely lie ahead for the Styx lion pride as the five Birmingham male lions are starting to make headway into the Matimba coalition’s domain. As the five males came into contact with two of the Styx females and the three cubs, all hell broke lose! The five Birmingham males got hold of two   

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Cub

This winter has been fairly temperate, and as the days warm up the bush is thinning quite nicely. This gives us a good clear view from the roads. Our morning started off beautifully, with sightings of herds of elephants, buffalo and a wide variety of general antelope species. We also got to see a lot   

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Matimba Lions2

We have been enjoying great sightings of the two Matimba male lions of late. The brothers have been covering great ground, looking after their territory and keeping the Styx female lions confident in their dominance. Whenever the two brothers hear lion calls in the vicinity (both immediate and far), they move off immediately – often   

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With the tail end of a cold front passing through, the fresh breeze blowing all night resulted in a very brisk morning. After wake up calls, we were sipping our coffee and discussing plans for our morning drive. A few of our guests arrived, exclaiming excitedly about seeing a hyena. We rushed to the deck   

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Lion-with-kill

It’s well known that lions and hyenas are not the greatest friends, and that there is no love lost between them. Male lions, specifically, seem to hate hyenas with a passion. On one of the night drives a few years ago, while sitting and enjoying the interaction between a few hyenas, a Majingilane male lion   

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While on a game drive recently, we came across the nine Breakaway lion cubs resting on a termite mound. As is typical of lion cubs, they were all too inquisitive of us. As we watched them in fascination, we could hear their mother calling from not so far away. We waited in anticipation of the   

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