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Incredible sighting: Six lions bring down buffalo

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.

Lion sighting: “It’s a date, mate!”

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.

Incredible sighting: Crocs feast on hippo

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.

Decoding Kruger’s ‘Elephant Management Plan’

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.

Video: Elephant herd mock charges during game drive

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!

Kruger: Is this the technological future?

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.

Special sighting: Ground-hornbill versus snake

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.

An extraordinary sighting: Cheetahs

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.

Spring safari in South Africa

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.

Doing our part for Mandela Day 2017

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 unique sighting: Buffalo with a broken horn

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.

Video: Three-week-old wild dog pups

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.

10 things I learned while becoming a safari guide

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.

A watchful hyena mother and her curious cubs

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!?

Video: The cutest leopard couple in the Klaserie

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.

Giraffe facts: The long and tall of it

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?

Lion vs. buffalo: a soap opera in the bush

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.

After the rain: the amazing changes in the bush

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”.

Rare sighting: hyena cubs spotted on game drive

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.

Photoseries: the night of the lion

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.

Video: wildebeest chase wild dogs!

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.