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I’m going to start off with probably the best sighting of the month for me – just because of how rare and elusive this animal is to find sometimes. What also makes this sighting extra special, is the fact that we managed to see a youngster with its mom and even managed to get a   

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Early on a chilly Spring morning, the Styx Pride was lying huddled together for warmth. Even though we didn’t expect much activity, we sat with them for half an hour – and who could blame us for staying? We were enjoying the breeze and had blankets and coffee waiting in thermos flasks in the back.   

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One of the highlights of this weekend was the return of the cheetah from the North* with her two cubs in time for spring day. She was in good spirits and health, although she has developed an eye complication since we last saw her a fortnight ago. It looks like a slight nick, without swelling,   

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Dining al fresco at the waterhole Our blog posts focus mainly on the safari aspect of Arathusa, and the fantastic wildlife sightings you can expect when visiting us. For those of you who are interested in seeing what the lodge has to offer, here are a few short video clips that offer you a glimpse:   

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Arathusa Safari Lodge - Styx lioness

Styx lioness by Ryan Johnston Monday Things were decidedly quiet this morning. All we managed to find was a herd of 15 elephants feeding quietly, and a group of 10 buffalo bulls chewing the fat at a small watering hole. This afternoon was a different story entirely however. We found a large herd of some   

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Ararthusa Safari Lodge - Tsalala lionesses and Styx male

Tsalala lionesses and Styx male by Susan Simoneau Monday Spring is now in full swing, and as usual, the season is producing some of the best game viewing of the year. First stop this morning was the airstrip, where we found the five Tsalala lionesses with the young Styx male hanging close by. BB, the   

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Arathusa Safari Lodge - Elephant cow

Elephant cow by Susan Simoneau Leopard was seen on 30 days Lion was seen on 22 days Elephant was seen on 26 days Buffalo was seen on 21 days Rhino was seen on 24 days Cheetah was seen on 4 days Wild dog was seen on 0 days  

Arathusa Safari Lodge - Ntima's-cub

Ntima's leopard cub by Susan Simoneau When we left off last week, one of Ntima’s cubs was in a tree and tucking into the male impala its mom had caught on Saturday. The subsequent arrival of Safari and two hyenas brought the picnic to an abrupt end, although the scavengers left as soon as they   

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Arathusa Safari Lodge - Tsalala lionesses

Tsalala lionesses by Susan Simoneau (guest) Monday The morning not only started off warm and pleasant, but it also got lighter earlier than usual. All sure signs that spring is upon us. We kicked the drive off with a great sighting of the five Tsalala lionesses, who were lying about 60 meters from the lodge   

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Arathusa Safari Lodge - Buffalo bull

Buffalo bull by André "Frodo" Froneman Monday The morning got off to an extremely cold and windy start, which required a lot of layering in order to ensure a comfortable drive. Before we even left the lodge we could already hear elephants tearing up the bush close by. Talk about having wildlife right on your   

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