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A new coalition of males has recently moved into the Arathusa area. These 5 youngsters were very quiet at first, but once they had spent a few months on the reserve they became more comfortable and we could hear them calling once in a while. One afternoon we were sitting with the lions as they   

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The afternoon was hot and sticky as we haven’t had much rain. A lot of the animals have taken up residence at the waterhole to keep cool and hydrated. We were following a male and female leopard, Tingana and Karula, who were stalking a very injured and obviously exhausted buffalo towards a small pan. The   

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Simply sitting on the deck at the lodge is always an enjoyable experience. Watching over the waterhole reveals countless animal species, including birds around the water’s edge, impala, waterbuck and hippos splashing as they enjoy the hot summers day. It was on one such afternoon that the open area erupted with a herd of about   

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Leopard, Arathusa Safari Lodge, Big 5, Big Five, Sabi Sand, Kruger National Park, Game Lodge

On a recent afternoon drive, we came across Shadow busy ‘on the prowl’. Despite repeated attempts, we could not see what she was hunting as the bush was dense and visual clarity was compromised. But she was definitely hunting something, as she gradually slunk lower and lower as she slowly stalked her prey. Then, with   

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Shadow-&-Tingana

It’s impressive to see that our territorial leopards, Tingana and Shadow, are maintaining their strong bond. The Anderson male leopard has been pushing so much further into Tingana’s territory. As a result of this pressure, Tingana is moving further away from Shadow’s area, which isn’t good news for her cub Madiba. We are not worrying   

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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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