We recently received some much needed rain. Although only about 20mm, we are still extremely grateful as it brought very welcome relief to both humans and animals. The game in the area rushed to cool themselves in the puddles left after the downpour, and we are sure they will soon be able to enjoy the
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.
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,
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
Most people have only heard of wild dogs (Cape hunting dogs), but have never seen them in the wild. Fortunately we are really lucky in that we enjoy fairly frequent sightings of the resident pack on Arathusa. The pups have been growing rapidly and are starting to hunt with the adults. The painted wolves, at
As you all probably know (being such astute cat enthusiasts), the Styx lion pride consists of two sub-adult males, two sub-adult females and two adult females. The dominant male of the pride, the Nkuhuma male, is absent most of the time as he roams his boundaries, marking territory and looking for other ladies. Sub
“The last time I saw a Black Rhino in the Sands was in 2004” said my tracker Derek. That is nine years ago! “So, it is really special to see it then?”, someone asked. “Indeed it is” I answered, “very special indeed…” We were about an hour into our afternoon game drive when the call
Rhino horn infusion at Arathusa A group of guests from Australia visited Arathusa last month. During their visit, Dave Powry – from Sabi Sands Game Reserve, was at the lodge to deliver a presentation on the rhino horn infusion procedure, a massive initiative undertaken by the Sabi Sands Game Reserve to help combat rhino poaching.
Brett Du Bois (10/03/1987 – 07/03/2013) It is with great sadness that I share the news that Brett du Bois, one of my rangers at Arathusa, tragically died in an accident yesterday in Durban. We will remember Brett for his energy, friendly personality and the good relationships he had with guests and staff alike. He
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