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Update on Xidulu by Jamie Sangster

Xidulu taking a nap several hundred meters from the lodge Ranger Jamie Sangster shares his and his guests’ encounter with magnificent Xidulu… ‘We’ve had some nice sightings of our resident female leopard on the property recently. She was found south of our lodge heading towards the western side of our chalets. Initially we thought she …
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Don’t Monkey Around With a Leopard

Looking for a place to cross a steep-sided stream bed on our way to view rhino, we found the fresh signs of a leopard who’d earlier found the same way across. We were all now wide awake with the prospect of our Big Five game viewing shooting up to two in a matter of minutes! …
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A commotion leads us to a magnificent sight…

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 …
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Lions kill Shadow’s the leopard’s cub, by ranger Sean Gilbert

Shadow On a recent fresh morning we headed out to find Shadow, a female leopard. She had made an impala kill the previous afternoon. Although we were not successful in our attempt, we did find the Styx lion pride walking towards us. Great morning light allowed for some amazing pictures. It wasn’t long before the …
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Leopards at Arathusa and beyond by ranger Dries Jordaan

Panthera pardus… I have always had a passion for leopards.  Thankfully Arathusa is probably one of the best spots to see really relaxed leopards. Here are some photos of sightings that I have enjoyed over the past two months. Did you know? The first leopard descriptions were recorded in 1758, and as many as 27 …
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Ranger’s Diary 16 – 22 June 2013

Sunday This morning unfortunately turned out to be very frustrating where game viewing was concerned. We heard lions roaring in the south-east, and when we went to investigate, we realised that they were still some distance south of our boundary. We then found tracks for a leopard with cubs heading into a thick gulley behind …
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March 2013 Sightings

Lion – seen on 22 days Leopard – seen on 28 days Buffalo – seen on 24 days Elephants – seen on 24 days Wild dogs – seen on 4 days Cheetah – seen on 14 days

February 2013 Sightings

Lions – seen on 20 days Leopards – seen on 25 days Elephants – seen on 27 days Buffalo – seen on 26 days Wild dogs – seen on 4 days Cheetah – seen on 5 days

Happy New Year

Greetings from Arathusa! On behalf of Arathusa Safari Lodge, we would like to wish all of our readers a very happy new year and compliments of the season. The past two weeks have been incredible in terms of sightings. The vegetation within the reserve is thick, green and lush, providing all-around scenery and beauty. There …
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