Posts Tagged with: African Wildlife


We have already passed the spring halfway mark and temperatures are rising dramatically, which means summer is definitely on the way! The warmer, balmier days with a lot more cloud gathering indicates that the rains are also not too far away… We’ve already had our first downpour – a much appreciated 20 mm! Hopefully, a   

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  We have recently noticed a change in the leopard dynamics around the lodge. With the loss of female leopards, Karula and Salayexe, a space has been created for new arrivals as they move into the vacant spots. Shadow has now moved more towards Karula’s old spot, which means we no longer see her around   

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Every single species of plant, animal and other type of living organism on earth has a Latin name. In fact, some only have a Latin name and no English or ‘common name’. It should be noted that about 70% of so-called Latin names are actually Greek or at best a combination of Greek and Latin!   

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Hornbills - Arathusa

Grey (Tockus nasutus), Red (Tockus erythrorhynchus) and Yellow billed (Tockus flavirostris) hornbills have a unique and ingenious nesting strategy, involving remarkable trust and cooperation between a bonded pair of mating individuals. This bond is formed by prolonged and elaborate courtship displays involving gifts from the male enticing the female, to prove what a wonderful father   

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  Hyenas are believed to be lazy, incompetent hunters and cunning thieves. While the latter is true, hyenas are in fact highly capable hunters; despite lacking the stealthier hunting techniques of their Feliformis* (cat-like) counterparts. Hyenas often forage alone, in fact more than they do as a group. This increases their chance of encountering food   

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  On Friday afternoon, the 3rd of February, we were both lucky and unlucky to witness an incredible, albeit distressing event. A pack of 15 African wild dogs were relaxing around a small water source, north of the lodge. Some of the members were fast asleep, while others were grooming themselves and a few of   

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Dark-Tawny-Eagle

Dark Tawny Eagle The Tawny Eagle, scientifically known as Aquila rapax, is one of the most powerful birds of prey. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. This is a large eagle although it is one of the smaller species in the Aquila genus. These birds are found in good numbers around Arathusa – they are permanent residents   

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Sunset at Arathusa

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   

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Hyenas at Arathusa

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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  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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