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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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