Elephants are a ‘keystone’ species meaning they support the healthy functioning of ecosystems and even the survival of other species. Due to their large size and energy requirements, elephants have a big impact on their environment. Elephants are quite destructive feeders and push over trees to access green leaves on the crown. They also debark
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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