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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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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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