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A fresh and brisk morning greeted us as a cold front blew through the area, making woolly hats and scarves a necessity. While enjoying our morning coffee and rusks at the morning’s designated coffee station, an impala ran across the open veld area at full speed. All went quiet, and it wasn’t long before we   

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We were fortunate to locate the leopards, Karula and Tingana, as the first sighting on one of our recent game drives. The two animals were about 10 metres away from the vehicle when we first noticed them, and were copulating every five minutes. After mating about three times, Tingana came up to lie in the   

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Styx-cubs-&-mom

The fresh part of the morning was over, and the cool drainage lines were warming up nicely on the banks. We had viewed the Styx female lions enter the den site, and decided to hang around at a pan close by in the hope that they might bring out their youngsters for a bit of   

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Hornbill-catch

Coming back from a very busy morning of exceptional game viewing, we came across 5 ground hornbills on the airstrip close to the camp. Approaching slowly so as not to cause any stress to the birds, we watched them from a comfortable distance as they moved across the strip looking for food. Ground hornbills are   

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Styx-lioness

We had an unexpectedly thrilling sighting. I had stopped the vehicle at a perfect spot to just admire the winter’s day sunset. While taking pictures, out of the thickets came one of the Styx female lionesses with a cub in her mouth. The cub was so small that the mother’s mouth almost covered it entirely.   

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Quarantine

Quarantine male It was a fresh morning, the air crisp and shrouded in a light misty blanket. The previous afternoon, the Quarantine male leoapard had been found with an impala kill. So we headed out with leopard on our minds, as we were curious to see if anything exciting had transpired over night. As we   

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Mating-lions-4

On the afternoon of the 20th April, the Breakaway/Mangeni lion pride was soundly sleeping just off the airstrip close to the lodge. A herd of buffalo was grazing alongside impala and wildebeest – all just peacefully going about their business. A little later on in the afternoon, we came upon two sleeping Matimba male lions   

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Buffalo_sunset

Spending time in nature is something we enjoy and appreciate, as when we leave the lodge we are never certain of what to expect out in the wild. We’ve had a mostly dry summer season with less rain than there usually is at this time of the year. As a result we’ve had the most   

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Impala

A few days ago we had guests who were due to fly in to the lodge, and I was tasked with picking them up. As per normal procedure, I went up to the airstrip in advance to do a routine check and to ensure that there was nothing that could possibly interfere with the landing   

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Bushshrike

Image courtesy of outdoorphoto.co.za The grey-headed bushshrike is a strongly built, medium-sized bird with a thick robust recurved beak. It is well-adapted to the skillful capture and killing of various types of prey. When preying on a snake, the grey-headed bushshrike usually grabs the snake from behind the head to avoid being bitten and envenomated   

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