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Interesting times ‘lion’ ahead of us, by ranger Sean Gilbert

On the afternoon of the 20th April, the Breakaway/Mangeni lion pride was soundly sleeping just off the airstrip close to the lodge. A herd of buffalo was grazing alongside impala and wildebeest – all just peacefully going about their business. A little later on in the afternoon, we came upon two sleeping Matimba male lions …
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Another day at Arathusa, by ranger Cedrick Dold

Spending time in nature is something we enjoy and appreciate, as when we leave the lodge we are never certain of what to expect out in the wild. We’ve had a mostly dry summer season with less rain than there usually is at this time of the year. As a result we’ve had the most …
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A welcoming party, by ranger Rein Kock

A few days ago we had guests who were due to fly in to the lodge, and I was tasked with picking them up. As per normal procedure, I went up to the airstrip in advance to do a routine check and to ensure that there was nothing that could possibly interfere with the landing …
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The Grey-headed bushshrike, by ranger Sean Gilbert

Image courtesy of outdoorphoto.co.za The grey-headed bushshrike is a strongly built, medium-sized bird with a thick robust recurved beak. It is well-adapted to the skillful capture and killing of various types of prey. When preying on a snake, the grey-headed bushshrike usually grabs the snake from behind the head to avoid being bitten and envenomated …
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An incredible morning, by ranger Sean Gilbert

The morning started off on the fresh side, and scattered cloud cover and a chilly breeze had us all in jackets. Lions were our primary aim for the morning, so we headed to the western side of the lodge to begin our search. About 10 minutes into the drive, a few other guides had picked …
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Matimba lions vs a crocodile, by ranger Cedrick Dold

Early one morning we followed up on the seemingly never-ending tracks of two male lions. The morning was fresh and the sun was just making an appearance from above the trees. It was not long before we located the two Matimba male lions resting at a waterhole. On closer inspection, we realised that there was …
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Water – The Source of Life; by ranger Sean Gilbert

Summer is in full swing here at Arathusa, and the temperature ranges from warm and humid, to scorching hot. On some days the thermometer in the area reaches the mid-40 degrees celsius mark (104 fahrenheit), so the waterhole in front of the lodge is always very busy with various game species. A lot of other …
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It’s the lion’s share at Arathusa! By ranger Sean Gilbert

Torchwood pride It has been a busy few weeks, and the sightings at Arathusa have been incredible! The Styx lion pride is keeping to the south, close to the Sabi River. However, we’ve been lucky to see the two young Styx females occasionally breeding with the Matimba males.  In the north, two of the Matimba …
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The Red Crested Bustard

Red Crested Bustard – Image courtesy of www.jacanaent.com The red-crested korhaan is near-endemic to southern Africa and is commonly found in a range of woodland habitats. It is omnivorous and feeds on invertebrates (especially termites, beetles and grasshoppers); and plant matter (seeds and fruit), foraging on the ground, picking up food items with its bill. …
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You never know what may be waiting around the corner, by ranger Sean Gilbert

After a good breakfast, we headed out for a bush walk to take a look at some of the smaller species that we usually miss when we are out on a gamedrive. The day was overcast and humid, so the birds were all vocal and giving a full chorus of whistles and clicks. Included in …
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