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Hyena feast at Arathusa, by ranger Rein Kock

A few mornings ago, we woke up to some commotion around the lodge. Hyenas and monkeys were calling, but we were not complaining. What better way is there to be woken up in the African bush? Upon inspection we discovered a pair of hyenas in the open area near the lodge. These scavengers seemed quite …
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September 19, 2016 | admin_obc CategoriesThe Ranger's Diary | Comments Off on Hyena feast at Arathusa, by ranger Rein Kock
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The Essence of Arathusa, by guests Graham and Gina Jackson

  Former guests Graham and Gina Jackson recently stayed with us. They crafted these beautiful words to paint a picture of their experience at Arathusa. South Africa with its land so vast, Miles round the Kruger we have passed Villages and many a humble home On the drive to Arathusa with its bush to roam. Toyota Land …
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June 24, 2016 | admin_obc CategoriesFrom our guests | Comments Off on The Essence of Arathusa, by guests Graham and Gina Jackson
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The Styx cubs and the Birmingham males, by ranger Cedric Dold

On one of our morning game drives recently, we tracked the Styx lion pride. Along the path, we could also see the tracks of their cubs. We followed these tracks for a good hour before we came upon the lions on a buffalo kill. The young ones were playing around while the females fed on …
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June 17, 2016 | admin_obc CategoriesThe Ranger's Diary | Comments Off on The Styx cubs and the Birmingham males, by ranger Cedric Dold
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Injured buffalo at Arathusa, by ranger Sean Gilbert

Winter is in full swing and the bush has changed. The trees are bare and the dust abundant. A few evenings earlier during dinner, we watched as a clan of hyenas snapped and harassed an injured old female buffalo near the waterhole. The injury she had sustained seemed to be a big enticement for the …
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The Styx lion pride is growing, by Rein Kock

These are exciting times as the Styx pride continues to grow. Two of the Styx lionesses have given birth to beautiful cubs. We are almost certain that the 3rd female will also be giving birth soon. So far we’ve only managed to see one of the female’s litter, which consists of three males and one …
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A commotion leads us to a magnificent sight…

It is important to always stop and appreciate the sounds around you in the bush. On a recent morning safari, my guests and I had stopped for our morning coffee when our tracker, Norman, heard impala alarm calls not too far from where we were. We decided to leave our coffee and head towards the …
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A unique antelope species

The nyala is one of the many antelope species we find here at Arathusa. It is found in thicketed areas where it is known to feed mainly on leaves, but has been found to eat grass too. The nyala is also a very unique species with regards to its extreme sexual dimorphism (i.e. the differences …
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Salayexe the leopard and the season of plenty

Typical of this time of year the bush is thriving with new life, within the impala population. Opportunistic predators will naturally take advantage of the extremely easy prey of new born lambs. In this ‘season of plenty’, Salayexe the leopard and her cub have been the subject of many incredible sightings for visitors to Arathusa. …
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January 18, 2016 | admin_obc CategoriesAfrican Bushveld, News, The Leopards | Comments Off on Salayexe the leopard and the season of plenty
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The end of an era for Mvula the leopard

As Mvula reaches the end of his dominance, he is slowly losing territory to his rival, Tingana. It is only a matter of time before he will be pushed out completely. Mvula enjoyed a lengthy dominance in this area, and has been very successful in furthering his blood line. His deteriorating state reflects his age, …
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January 14, 2016 | admin_obc CategoriesAfrican Bushveld, News, The Leopards | Comments Off on The end of an era for Mvula the leopard
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An incredible lion sighting, by ranger Sean Gilbert

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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