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Do you really love your garden but not the maintenance job that comes with it? If you’re more the ‘tan hard’ type than the ‘work hard’ type, and lounging by the pool is more of a hobby of yours than getting dirty on your hands and knees, then it’s probably best to call in the professionals to get the job done. And no one knows gardening better than nature itself. 

Not sure where to look? Track and Trail River Camp has listed some of the top gardeners, leave shapers and lawn caretakers that nature has to offer.

1. Senior specialist lawnmower

For a perfectly cut lawn call in your domestic hippo, specialised in keeping your lawn short. Hippos eat about 35kg of grass each night and can travel up to 10km to get their fill, meaning there’s no task too big for this mighty grazer.


Minor disadvantage: will remove your pond plants in the process.

Lagoon mower

2. Top-notch shovel and ergonomic weeder

With its tusks and shovel shaped nose, the warthog passionately and effortlessly helps loosen the soil to promote germination of seeds to be planted. Using its snout and tusks it digs for bulbs, tubers and roots during the dry season, making for some lovely turned soil. And because warthogs travel in small groups, you’ll likely have a team of diggers at your disposal!

Shovel nose

At the same time this tenacious pig will remove unwanted weeds from your garden. The warthog’s two upper tusks emerge from the sides of the snout to form a semicircle, while the lower tusks at the base of the uppers are worn to a sharp cutting edge – perfect for removing those tough roots.

Ergonomic weeder

3. Multi-functional tree trimmer

The elephant browses at various heights for more visual clearance in your garden. Spending nearly 80% of its day consuming over 150kg of vegetation, this arborist with work tirelessly until it gets the job done.

Elly eating

Minor disadvantage: might push over a tree in the process.

But don’t forget the most important part –  gardeners’ black gold. This natural fertiliser can be a home for the smaller creatures in your garden and is a fantastic source of nutrients for your lawn!

natural fertilizer

While we wish these master landscapers could really come and help out with the gardening at home, we think the wilderness has quite enough to keep these gardeners of the bush fully booked for quite a while!

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Track & Trail River Camp

Track & Trail River Camp is a privately owned lodge located on a breathtaking spot on the banks of the Luangwa River overlooking the South Luangwa National Park. They are an owner run lodge that is specialised in photographic safaris