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Arrival of a New Central Male Leopard

Hukumuri – a new and relatively young male (about 5 years old) – has cleverly and successfully wedged himself between the western male, Anderson’s and the eastern male, Tingana’s territories. They were either not frequently enforcing their boundaries, or didn’t detect him quickly enough to deter him. New kid on the block – Hukumuri male …
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A rare and up-close encounter with the elusive Pangolin

Pangolins are renowned for their inconspicuous traits – being highly nomadic, solitary, nocturnal and secretive, and hiding underground much of their lives. Field guides can sometimes go for years without spotting one. However, at Arathusa we’ve been fortunate enough to catch more than one sighting of these critters. The change of season from winter to …
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An interesting shift in leopard dynamics at Arathusa

  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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Oxpeckers – a herbivore’s best friend…

  Oxpeckers get their name from their habit of picking ticks off the bodies of medium and large sized herbivores such as buffalo, antelope, zebra and rhino; which is where they also get their Afrikaans name Renostervoëltjie (“rhino bird”). The smallest animal an oxpecker will associate with is a warthog. Interestingly, the waterbuck cannot stand …
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Birds of prey: 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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The Essence of Arathusa, by guests Graham and Gina Jackson

  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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Injured buffalo at Arathusa, by ranger Sean Gilbert

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 …
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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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A unique antelope species

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 …
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An incredible lion sighting, by ranger Sean Gilbert

A new coalition of males has recently moved into the Arathusa area. These 5 youngsters were very quiet at first, but once they had spent a few months on the reserve they became more comfortable and we could hear them calling once in a while. One afternoon we were sitting with the lions as they …
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