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Baby booms when summer blooms…

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 …
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No place like (a hornbill’s) home, by ranger Jamie Sangster

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 …
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Hyena pounces on an injured impala, by ranger Jamie Sangster

  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 …
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Arathusa receives some rain, by ranger Rein Kock

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 …
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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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The Styx cubs and the Birmingham males, by ranger Cedric Dold

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 …
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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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The Styx lion pride is growing, by Rein Kock

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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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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