Being a guide is all about interpretation and anticipation. Where could the animals be moving and what they are going to do are probably the two most important questions we have to ask ourselves. Thankfully, one afternoon I was lucky enough to have my interpretations come true.
A guide is amazed to find a male lion and crocodile feeding side by side on a waterbuck kill at Pondoro Safari Game Lodge in Greater Kruger.
A field guide shares his story of a lone, half-blind, lioness who took down a giraffe for her and her cubs to feast on in the Kruger.
Memorable sightings are part and parcel of a Kruger safari, right? While most guests expect to see a kill when they hear about a lion sighting from a passing vehicle, our guests got to see something much more unique – animal interaction in its most basic sense.
An incredible sighting of a leopard cub with its mother in Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana – one for the bucket list!
There are some 477 species of feathered friends on the official bird list of South Africa’s iconic Kruger National Park. However, some bird lists for the park include as many as 517 species, which includes some rare and unusual visitors.
Africa just has this huge variety of charismatic and beautiful creatures and how interesting can a crocodile basking in the sun really be? One sleeping crocodile looks exactly like another sleeping crocodile, or so I thought.
The Kruger National Park is vast, at about 2 million hectares, and requires a thorough management strategy in order to ensure long term sustainability. Part of that strategy, The Elephant Management Plan – compiled by Kruger management and Scientific Service – is currently in force, and covers the period 2013 to 2022.
It was on one particularly windy morning when we were out on a game drive, having just come from watching lions being chased by a young elephant bull, and I came around a corner and straight into an elephant breeding herd!
Presently, we are able to instantly globally share everything we see and hear in Kruger and just about every other destination on earth. Animal sightings and locations are given in real time and we are able to send photos and videos across a host of social media platforms.
It was a weekend trip through the south of Kruger with friends and we had been lucky to see Big 5 on both days, but there’s always a rush of excitement when something crosses our path – like a southern ground-hornbill taking on a snake.
Technology and social media have shaped the Kruger experience into something radically different from what it was ten years ago.
John Vosloo shares with us his experience on a photographic safari – his prize for winning our 2017 Photographer of the Year competition.
The Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa will almost certainly provide an extraordinary sighting during any particular safari, and guests of Senalala in Klaserie Private Nature Reserve were very fortunate to experience an extraordinary sighting of their own in the form of two cheetahs.
September marks the beginning of spring, and the end of the country’s short-lived winter. While the dry, winter months may have the reputation of being the best time to go on safari, spring is also a wonderful time to be out in the wild.
Weavers, babblers, starlings and storks: these are but a couple of the feathers you’ll see on your visit to the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve.
The 10th August is World Lion Day and to celebrate we have gathered some interesting facts about why male lions form coalitions.
This year for Mandela Day, Cheetah Plains and Jaci’s Sabi House banded together and put forward the simple task of serving a delicious chicken soup, bread rolls and homemade juice at the Utah Clinic, just outside of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
A video showing an up close and personal account of an elephant who got a little too close for comfort in the Kruger National Park in South Africa
Graeme from Go Wild Photography tells us more about wildlife photography and captures a unique sighting with a pride of lions.
If there is one thing visitors to the Greater Kruger National Park can count on during a safari visit, is that they will almost always see something unique, such as this buffalo who had part of his horn missing.
Disasters involving art materials are nothing new to me after years of travelling and sketching in southern Africa.
Guests at Makanyi Lodge in Timbavati Game Reserve, South Africa, had front row seats to an unforgettable sighting of these adorable wild dog pups that were just three weeks old when they made their first appearance out of the den.
If the internet had been around when I left school I’d have found out how easy it was to become a safari guide. But alas it was not the case. Instead I waited some 20 years for my mid-life crisis to take hold.
The Greater National Kruger Park is home to many different animals and more often than not the focus is on spotting the ‘Big 5’. But what about the not so highly sought-after animals? How about the birds?
Recently at Xanatseni Private Camp in Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, South Africa, we were fortunate enough to stumble upon a female spotted hyena at the entrance of a den site. She had been hanging around the area for a couple of weeks and we were beginning to get suspicious. What was she up to and could there be cubs involved!?
Escape to the bush for a digital detox and let the natural world ease your stresses away.
The Sunset Serenade concert, held at Kruger’s Mopani camp and surrounds, is a three day cultural and wildlife experience in support of anti-poaching
Hearing that a leopard has been found with a kill up in a tree is one of the best things to hear over the radio when taking guests out on safari.
Every year our leopard sightings increase and this one, in particular, is special as it it is the beginning of a cycle where the offspring (assuming the mating was successful) will be seen by future guests and become more relaxed around vehicles full of tourists.
Giraffes are the tallest animals on the planet. They’re also one of the most iconic animals in Africa. They’re a photographer’s dream, especially when silhouetted against the dramatic colours of an African dawn, or sunset. But did you know these 15 fascinating facts about Giraffa camelopardalis?
One exceptional sighting happened a couple of weeks ago and it involved two of Africa’s ultimate enemies: lion and buffalo. That morning, we found a large herd of Cape buffalo grazing peacefully while making their way towards one of our waterholes. We quickly realised they were not alone, as trailing them was two relatively young male lions.
Explaining the change in the surroundings at Cheetah Plains after the recent rain is something which I find myself stumbling over. There are very little words to describe it properly, other than the use of the classic terms, like “lush”, “beautiful”, “wow” and “amazing”.
At Senalala we had a great sighting of an African rock python on one of our recent game drives that we just had to share!
Each one of the Greater Kruger National Park’s remarkable animals has a set of unique characteristics and hyena are no different. At Senalala Luxury Safari Camp we were fortunate enough to have a great sighting of month-old hyena cubs on one of our game drives.
A photo series depicts an epic battle between a honey badger and a rock python takes place in Kruger National Park.
On hearing reports of a huge male lion that had made his way onto the traversing area at Umlani, guests and guides go out in search of the magnificent male.
The 2,5 million Ha Kruger to Canyons (K2C) Biosphere Region became a UNESCO Biosphere in 2001 and was recently ranked 11th best biosphere in the world.
A small group of budding photographers, led by Mike Kendrick of Wild Shots Educational Outreach, are taught about conservation through a Sabi Sand photography safari.
An amazing game drive in the Timbavati shows that it doesn’t matter what time of year you go on safari.
A mother hyena gets an early morning wake up call from her cubs
Guests at Senalala Camp are treated to the privilege of experiencing wild-dogs on safari, a rare sighting, and then to see these wild dogs out smarted by a Gnu is even less common.
Two adorable orphaned baby warthogs are given a little assistance from the staff at Rhino River Lodge.
Packing for a safari, particularly if it is your first trip to the African wilderness, can be a daunting experience.
Support the Conservation Services Unit of the SANParks Honorary Rangers by attending the annual Sunset Serenade concert in the Kruger National Park.
A video shows a Lion cub scrambling across the Sand River to reunite with its pride.