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There she (or he? - I couldn't tell) lay - dappled and dignified. If lions are the kings of the beast, leopards are the princes. This adonis was lying in the mopane woodland just south of Letaba camp. Late afternoon. © Scott Ramsay

Birds, wild dogs, leopards and Scott in the Kruger

Scott learns to appreciate the smaller creatures and more stationary objects in the Kruger, when he can’t find a leopard.

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The nose pickers - two red-billed oxpeckers doing what they do best: eating ticks from a Cape buffalo's nose. Bliss. © Scott Ramsay

Kruger catch-up – Lower Sabie, Satara and Talamati

Scott soaks up the natural wonders of Kruger: lions, bull elephants, happy hippo herds and hidden leopards.

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Learning how to track animals

There is always something happening in the bush, even if you don’t get to see it. Erik Brits recently learnt how to unlock all of these secrets during “track and sign” week with Bushwise Field Guides.

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Savvy SA citizens save Rhino in Kruger

Three heroic women save a black rhino by reporting poachers to Kruger authorities.

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Rhino orphan seeks solace from humans in the Kruger

Exhausted orphaned rhino looks for comfort with cars in the Kruger.

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Third week in Kruger: pretty lady on a rock

Scott mulls over conservation issues in South Africa, while at a fantastic leopard sighting in the Kruger.

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Three ellies, in typical open woodland and savannah in the central area of Kruger

Kruger from the air

Scott Ramsay spends the day flying with the anti-poaching team over the Kruger.

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How not to see a lion.

How to do Kruger right

Janine gives some tips and tricks on how to make the most out of a visit to Kruger National Park.

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Too close, too personal. This hippo was a few meters from me at one of the pools on the Biyamiti River.

Kruger – lions, kingfishers and on foot with ellies

Scott Ramsay’s travels take him to the Kruger National Park, a landmark area in the history of wildlife conservation.

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Elephant poachers penetrate South African borders again

Breaking news: in what seems to be a recurring trend, another elephant has been poached in the Northern Kruger, close to the Zimbabwe and Mozambican borders.

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Home stretch

Jeff and Kerryn finally arrive back in South Africa after 145 days and 20 805 kilometers of travel. The biggest inevitability of the entire trip has arrived: The End.

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Sanparks employee kills hippo

SANParks employee hits a hippo in the Kruger National Park as he rushes to see his sick mother.

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Elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. Image by Thomas Oetjen

A photographic competition of ‘elephantine’ proportions

In order to create awareness about World Elephant Day on the 12th of August Africa Geographic has set up a photographic competition with excellent prizes to be won. May the best Elephant photograph win!

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White-backed vultures mating in the Klaserie

Chloe, recalls her uniques experience: seeing the endangered white-backed vultures mating in Klaserie Private Nature Reserve.

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Close encounters with a puff adder

Carolynne Higgins tells us about puff adders in Klaserie Private Game reserve – from a strike rate faster than that of a camera shutter to the hypnotic patterns of their scales.

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First elephant poached in Kruger in 10 years

The South African National Parks (SANParks) announced on 15 May 2014 the first confirmed elephant poaching incident in the Kruger National Park (KNP) in well over ten years.

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R255 million donation for anti-rhino poaching

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Nature Conservation Trust and South African National Parks announced an historic R255 million, three-year initiative to combat rhino poaching in Kruger National Park and test anti-poaching tactics that can be applied in other regions of Africa.

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Visitor spots a rhino with its horn hacked off in the Kruger

South African National Parks has confirmed that visitors to the Kruger National Park have spotted a rhino with its horn hacked off.

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50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 21

Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 21. This episode of 50 | 50 will be broadcast on SABC 3 at 9pm on 20 January 2014. Spend a couple of days in the life of a vet at Kruger National Park, follow up with the hyena that was found wondering the streets of Johannesburg and take a trip to see what sustainable farming is all about.

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Elephant rolls car – Shock footage of latest Kruger incident

Shock footage has emerged of the most recent elephant attack in the Kruger National Park, which shows that two foreign tourists took unnecessary risk while on a self-drive safari.

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Kruger elephant shot after attack

An elephant bull has been put down after it attacked a couple in the Kruger National Park on Monday, trampling their blue Volkswagen car.

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50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 18

Here is the New Year’s episode line-up for the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 18 on 30 December 2013: Continue to explore the waterways of the Okavango Delta, take a trip to Kleinsee to discover how this once thriving mining town is now a pearl for oyster production and find out how tourists are ruining Kruger National Park.

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Southern ground hornbill conservation

Southern Ground Hornbill conservation efforts in the Kruger National Park at Klaserie Private Nature Reserve.

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Elephant smashes into car at Kruger National Park, South Africa - video

Elephant smashes into car

Original Source: The Guardian A female African elephant charges into a vehicle in the Kruger national park in South Africa. Johann Lombard, who has 23 years of experience as a professional safari guide, filmed the incident and says neither the

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Impala leaps to freedom… into a car

Original source: iol.co.za  Scrambling through the low grass with two cheetahs on its tail, an impala makes a leap to safety… through an open window into the front seat of a Toyota Prado full of tourists. Samantha Pittendrigh and three

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In Mozambique, the Meager Opulence of Rhino Poaching

Original source: internationalboulevard.com In the poacher towns of Mozambique that border South Africa’s enormous Kruger National Park, young men hand-thread the barrels of old rifles to fit them with silencers, then slip barefoot across the border into South Africa to

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Elephant smashes car window

Video Source: Africam.com “This video was taken by tourists in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. They thought the elephants were tame and would not harm them so they tried to get as close as possible. They were lucky

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Eco-Friendly Camp in the Greater Kruger

There are numerous lodges scattered throughout South Africa that label themselves ‘eco-friendly’ or ‘green’. But what do these terms mean? Eco-friendly is a broad term that is bandied about quite freely, but it is often misunderstood to mean ‘sustainable’. Lodges

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The Cliffhanging Leopard

During my four years as a guide at Singita Kruger National Park I would always scan the cliffs of the Lebombo Mountain range. I  imagined how amazing it would be to see a leopard scale these steep, craggy cliffs. Leopards

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12 Safari Highlights from the Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s greatest attractions. It covers an area about the size of Israel, and is consequently the biggest national park in South Africa. Living in South Africa and not having been to the Kruger

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The 7 Magnificent Elephants of Kruger

Information for this post courtesy of SANParks Over thirty years ago seven impressive elephant bulls, all with tusks weighing more than 50 kg each, could be found in Kruger National Park. Dr. U de V Pienaar – the Chief Warden

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Elephant overturns a car in Kruger National Park

It seems that sometimes nature does fight back! The latest news from the Kruger National Park is that a a bull elephant has charged a car, flipping it over in the process. A couple was inside, but neither of them

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My first time in Kruger National Park

I have fulfilled a childhood dream. On the 5th October, 2012, Callum and I were handed the keys of our new old Land Rover TDI Defender. We met the landy, now named Layla, in a parking lot in Maun, and

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My Life with Leopards

On May 31, 1993, two 6-week-old leopard cubs were brought to the Londolozi Game Reserve, a private reserve bordering the Kruger National Park. In charge of the cubs was Graham Cooke, a 22-year-old old game ranger who had been working

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A Wild Dog for Dinner

We found these notes from a Kruger National Park guide both moving and insightful. The ‘king of the jungle’ is indeed a fearsome despot. ‘Near Skukuza, we came across a group of African wild dogs – three adults and 10

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The lions of Mapogo, Sabi Sands

The legend of the Mapogo lions

“Legend” – A person whose fame or notoriety makes him a source of exaggerated or romanticised tales or exploits.  ‘Legend’ is a word that is thrown around all too often in this day and age, but the term surmises the

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The gauntlet of the Manyeleti game reserve

The lodge I worked at in the Manyeleti had no fence around the entire lodge and staff village which allowed EVERY kind of animal to wander through, and oh boy how they liked to walk through… At least once a

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Leopard gets quilled in the Kruger!

Story and photos by Craig Schaibman One early morning in April, on my morning drive in the Kruger National Park I headed down south towards Crocodile Bridge on the Main road. About 3km into my drive, I came across a

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A love of leopards

I have just finished another shortened work stint in the Lowveld, and I realised two things:  firstly, winter is almost over and I am still wearing my short shorts (okay, it’s only a third of the way through, but I

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A Day in the Life of a Field Guide Student

By Candice Wagener Lying in the tent listening to a string of wildlife calling starts to become familiar, you just lie there and take it all in…. Lions roar from the distance, hyenas rummage around, then you hear a jackal

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Elephant Madness

Africa’s giants are an integral part of any safari experience. My guests can hardly contain themselves at the first sign of an elephant… It could be fresh tracks and dung droppings on the road, the sound of snapping branches in

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Children in the Wilderness

A brighter future: final day of a Children in the Wilderness camp

Its 3am! I have just awoken to a thud on the floorboards below me. Listening carefully, I tiptoe to the mosquito gauze and press my face against it. I see a bit of movement 2 metres away, then there’s another

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A Brighter Future: day 4 of a Children in the Wilderness camp

There can be no better place to experience the morning than in the bush. The world outside cannot reach you; the hooting of traffic and the anxiety of the day are not welcome here. Here on the banks of the

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Leopard, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Photography: all about sharing

Welcome to another of my wildlife photography blogs for Africa Geographic!! What an absolute pleasure to be here sharing news, views and experiences from the real home of wildlife photography … Southern Africa. I grew up in the UK and

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A brighter future: day 3 of a Children in the Wilderness camp

I awoke to the smoky smell of Maltabella oats, and had to look around some to see that I wasn’t on a boarding school camp in the Drakensberg. After a few helpings, sitting out on the damp deck (the rain

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A brighter future: day 2 of a Children in the Wilderness camp

Today camp followed the theme of the ‘Circle of Life’. Janet, the camp co-ordinator and head of CITW South Africa, offered the day’s first lesson on leadership values, and was followed by Pafuri guide Jeffrey, who detailed the circle of life,

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