Whale watching season is in full swing and here we take a closer look at St. Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal – one of the best places to spot migrating whales and their young.
With their bright green plumage, the African green pigeon is undoubtedly the peacock of the pigeon species.
In an exciting and massive win for conservation, a successful denning in Manyoni Private Game Reserve results in three new wild dog puppies.
As part of their ongoing conservation initiatives, a new female cheetah has been relocated to Manyoni Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal.
Four cubs have been spotted recently, sticking closely to their mom, at Somkhanda Community Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This is a true success story around wild lion and their translocation to one of the only community-owned reserves in the country.
The patience of three cheetahs is incredible as they go on the prowl for three hours, stalking an impala herd in the hopes of making a kill.
The giant African millipede (Archispirostreptus gigas), is one of the largest millipedes around, and recently an unusually brightly coloured reddish-pink specimen was discovered on Pongola Game Reserve in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.
While many people go on safaris with the hope of having some spectacular wildlife encounters, sightings can never be guaranteed and any encounter with the wilderness should be treated as a privilege in itself. However, if you’re lucky, nature may just treat you to something wonderful.
Over the past few months, Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park (HiP) in KwaZulu-Natal – managed by conservation agency Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife – has been hard hit by a significant escalation in rhino poaching. Ezemvelo has subsequently been hard at work developing more effective anti-poaching and resource management strategies. In support of this, Peace Parks Foundation has committed an additional R10,6 million towards the implementation of advanced technology solutions in this sacred rhino protection area.
Lion cubs come out of hiding for some grooming and playtime with their mum!
Seeing a lion cub on a game drive is a massive privilege. Seeing four tiny, fluffy six-week-old lion cubs is pretty much a safari miracle!
Living in nature offers so many wonders each and every day, and a nest of inquisitive barn owls in our lodge reminded us just how lucky we are to be able to do what we do!
A pride of three lions are thriving in their new home, Somkhanda Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal, after a successful translocation.
As the days get hotter and the nights get shorter, we switch our heaters for aircons, and pack away all the winter woollies. However, many wild animals have other (far more sophisticated) ways to cope with the heat.
Most people see cheetahs as the least aggressive of all the big cats in Africa and generally like to avoid confrontations over food with other animals. But when it comes to territorial disputes between rival males, the gloves comes off!
With fewer than 400 African wild dogs estimated to be left in South Africa, seeing one of these apex predators in the wild is always a privilege.
Two beautiful grey crowned cranes were spotted recently while on a cruise through the iSimangaliso Wetland Park estuary in South Africa.
The end of spring in November welcomes our guests with the arrival of the European roller at Makakatana Bay Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
When it comes to allogrooming among animals, the saying “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” definitely applies.
The flora found in Africa is fascinating, and each performs its own function in the diverse ecosystem of the bush. For example, some of our trees perform what is called allelopathy, a form of ‘chemical warfare’ that occurs amongst various plant species.
The higher up you are on the food chain, the lazier you’re allowed to be. Luckily for lions, they’re apex predators and can afford to spend some time lounging around. On a recent trip to Rhino River Lodge in the Manyoni Game Reserve (previously called Zululand Rhino Reserve), I became a witness to just how lazy lions can actually be.
“Cheetah! Cheetah! 3 o’clock!” Our ranger whispered in an urgent tone, his spotlight illuminating the slender body of a male cheetah.
Allogrooming is a very important part of social structures within a species, and chacma baboons are no exception as they are one of the most social mammals around!
The haunting cry of a fish eagle resonates across the lake as we pull up at Kosi Bay Lodge. The powder soft sand, raphia palms and Umdoni (Water Berry) trees create a tropical, African welcome. With beads of perspiration on our brows, we are anxious to unpack and seek replenishment at the Nhlanga pub to soak in a stunning view of the largest and third lake of the Kosi Bay system. It is here that we plan the next few days of our boating photographic expedition.
The Climb for K9 is supported by the SANParks Honorary Rangers, KZN Region. We hope to spur your interest in the protection and conservation of our precious wildlife heritage, and to raise funds for the continued upkeep and training of the SANParks anti-poaching dogs (K9 Units).
Some of you may not be to familiar with this little bird, but oxpeckers perform one of the most important roles in the ecosystem. They have this fascinating symbiotic relationship with a number of animals whereby it removes parasites (mostly ticks) from the animal, and in return gets a nice meal.
After a great game drive through Lake St Lucia within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, we were heading back to the Makakatana Bay Lodge for breakfast when I saw some impala run in the distance, then stop and stare in one direction. As we drove closer to investigate we came across two giraffes fighting.
Nestled in the northern end of Maputaland, lies Tembe Elephant Park, a unique community run safari lodge co-owned and managed by the Tembe Tribal community.
Two servals have been released by iSimangaliso CEO Andrew Zaloumis and Emdoneni cat rehabilitation centre owners Louis and Cecillie Nel into the Western Shores section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, adding to the small resident population of the ‘savannah stalker’.
Written by: Tritan Mitter
The pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) is a water bird and is found widely distributed across Africa and Asia.
Watch this video of elephants rejoicing in the mud after the rainfall at Amakhosi Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
A safari is an experience which can only be felt and understood when you actually do it! Many people dream of coming to Africa for a safari and this is not only because of the experience of being close to wild animals, but also the emotion of feeling alive.
They’re not everyones cup of tea, but like them or not, you have to admit that hippos are weighty creatures. Makakatana Bay Lodge have put together an interesting list of facts about these burley beasts.
When one sets out on a game drive you never truly know what will be in store for the day. Amazing sightings and observing wildlife interactions are all part of the African bush experience, and on one particular drive, my guests and I at Makakatana Bay Lodge in Kwazulu-Natal were treated to exactly that!
Tim Brown meets a journey of giraffe and takes a video of one bending down for a quick drink of water
In this video, the theatre of life and death in the bush plays out in front of guests at Amakhosi as a baby zebra fights for its life.
The most popular photo in our Photographer of the Year competition will see its owner winning a turtling experience for two at iSimangaliso.
Our afternoon game drive started with a hunt for cheetah. Earlier on in the day I had picked up tracks of a male Cheetah moving along the fence line, no doubt doing a routine territory patrol. I decided that for our afternoon game drive we should head into this area and try picking up on the big male cheetah.