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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.

Video: Mother lioness grooms young cubs

Lion cubs come out of hiding for some grooming and playtime with their mum!

Woman’s body found after crocodile dragged her into river

The body of a 52-year-old woman who was dragged into a river by a crocodile outside Thohoyandou over the weekend has been found.

South Africa’s top tourist attractions

Black-maned lion in the Kalahari

If there was a checklist for the perfect travel destination, South Africa would tick most of the boxes. Famed for its amazing wildlife and landscapes, superb local cuisine, warm hospitality and great weather, (plus the added bonus that its affordable) it’s easy to understand why tourism is so big in South Africa.

Fantastic sighting: Cheetah mother with six cubs

A magnificent sighting of a female cheetah with six cubs at the Big 5 Izingwe Lodge in Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa.

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.

News wrap: Lions kill over 250 livestock + Tanzania ends UAE hunting deal

Tanzania, Arusha Region, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, Maasai in Ngorongoro Crater with their herds of cattle

In this week’s news wrap a lion pride has killed over 250 livestock in Namibia in the last week; Tanzania terminates hunting deal with Dubai royal family; a top anti-poaching cop is fired; and two tragic cases where elephants have killed tourists – one occurring in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, and the other in Livingstone in Zambia.

Top anti-poaching cop fired

One of South Africa’s top anti-rhino poaching cops has been fired on allegedly “trumped-up charges” and is now unemployed and looking for a job.

News wrap: Over 50 elephant tails seized + new cheetah blood in KZN

In this week’s news wrap four traffickers have been arrested in Ivory Coast after 53 elephant tails were seized; new blood as plans to introduce ten new cheetahs to a KwaZulu-Natal park is underway; rare cycads face increasing threats as they become a target for theft; almost 50 vultures are poisoned in the Kruger National Park; and distressing images of a pregnant rhino mother and calf killed by poachers.

Rhino poaching decreases, but rare cycads now target for theft

Rhino poaching is on the decline, but other species – like elephant, the pangolin and rare cycads – are under increasing threat.

49 Vultures poisoned near Kruger National Park

The poisoned bodies of nearly 50 vultures have been found by rangers in Mozambique‚ just a short distance from the boundary of the flagship Kruger National Park.

Video: Call for funding to de-horn rhinos for conservation

Project Rhino, an association of like-minded organisations established in 2011 that facilitates vital rhino conservation interventions, is making a national and international call for funding to have approximately 200 rhino de-horned in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa over the next year.

The drama of the ‘bush theatre’

Being out on safari is about connecting with nature, more than simply seeing amazing animals and birdlife, it is witnessing the next chapter of an ancient and incredible story unfold, it is the ‘bush theatre’.

Kruger should cull 88% of its elephants, says hunter Ron Thomson

Herd of elephants with sight targets

Celebrated hunter Ron Thomson believes that 88% of Kruger National Park’s elephants should be culled.

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!

Video: The littlest of lion cubs

lioness with cubs © M. Harrison

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!

Kruger: Is this the technological future?

leopard peering into the camera with technology icon overlay

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.

Please HELP: Funds needed for my rhino research

Recent rhino research has focused on anti-poaching, dehorning and horn treatments as deterrents, with less interest paid to improving long-term management of these shrinking populations. The study I am working on aims to analyse behavioural, demographic and genetic patterns to compile a ‘Genetic Metapopulation Management Plan’.

66 Giraffes join thousands of other animals exported to China

Sixty-six giraffes arrived in central China’s Henan Province in the early hours of Sunday, on a chartered flight from Johannesburg, South Africa, according to local sources.

Special sighting: Ground-hornbill versus snake

Southern ground-hornbill with twig snake in Kruger National Park © Samuel Cox

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.

Getting to the trunk of It

One of the most peculiar, yet fascinating appendages, on an elephant is its trunk. Rather like a combination of a nose and an upper lip, an elephant’s trunk is its lifeline. It would find it very difficult to survive without one.

Kruger elephant killed by lightning

Kruger elephant killed by lightning

Tourists early to hit the roads outside Satara rest camp in the Kruger this morning were greeted by the rather macabre scene of a large elephant carcass in the road – presumably killed by a lightning strike.

Safari tips: Understanding accommodation types

Comfortable accommodation while on safari in Africa

When it comes to going on a safari in Africa, you will soon discover that the selection of accommodation options is vast. From straw huts and mobile camps, to ultra-luxury hotels and lodges, your choice of where you’ll unload your bags will be influenced mainly by your needs and budget.

Living with inquisitive barn owls

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!

Prince William salutes Africa’s true heroes

Mrs Graça Machel awards Brighton Kumchedwa at the Tusk Awards

Last night saw a large crowd of conservationists gather in Cape Town for the Tusk Conservation Awards to pay tribute to a few of Africa’s true heroes – the men and women who continue to dedicate their lives to conservation at ground level.

Grandmothers who harvest salt from river sand

Salt is processed through boiling sand collected from a riverbank

The matriarchs of Baleni use an ancestral technique that has not changed for the last 2,000 years, turning the mineral-rich riverine deposits into ‘white gold’ – Baleni sacred salt.

Watch: Lions thrive after translocation

A lion is caught on a camera during the release into Somkhanda Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A pride of three lions are thriving in their new home, Somkhanda Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal, after a successful translocation.

Kruger: Impact of social media and mobile phones – good or bad?

Vehicles joust for a good view of a leopard in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Technology and social media have shaped the Kruger experience into something radically different from what it was ten years ago.

Trophy hunting company appointed to manage state game reserve

A pair of cheetah in South Africa

The North West Parks Board has conservationists worried after it awarded a 25-year contract for the co-management of a state-owned game reserve to a company specialising in trophy hunting and stuffing animals.

Cape vulture colony remains undisturbed by roadworks

According to the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL), no evidence of disturbance to the Msikaba Cape vulture colony can be found after the construction of the Msikaba and Mtentu bridge haul roads.

Celebrating big cats with our 2017 Photographer of the Year

Djuma, Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa © John Vosloo

John Vosloo shares with us his experience on a photographic safari – his prize for winning our 2017 Photographer of the Year competition.

Cape Town + bush safari combos

A view of Table Mountain from the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa

How does one exactly combine Cape Town’s summer splendours with a wild Big 5 bushveld safari? We provide four fantastic summer/autumn combos!

News wrap: Elephants saved plus confiscated rhino horn investigation

The three bull elephants relocated on flatbed trucks out of the farmlands in Limpopo Province, South Africa

The latest news surrounding wildlife in Africa, from three bull elephant being saved, to the ongoing investigation into the recently confiscated rhino horns.

The three cheetah sisters of Kwandwe

Cheetah have always been a special animal at Kwandwe and steal the hearts of many of our guests. A litter of four cubs, three females and a male, beat the odds by making it to independence.

Fascinating animal eyes

The eyes of animals come in all shapes, colours and sizes, and are crucial to their survival and quite suited to their habits.

5 Escaped lions on the loose in Gauteng

lion and lioness, wildlife, South Africa

What was initially believed to be a single male lion on the loose in the area of Fochville in Gauteng for the past six weeks, has turned out to be a pride of five.

Free access for National Parks Week in South Africa

A zebra in the Kruger National Park in South Africa

From the 18th to 22nd September, 2017, South African National Parks (SANParks) will be offering free access to most of the 21 national park in South Africa for day visitors.

Spectacular sighting: A newborn baby giraffe

giraffe, wildlife, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Discovering a newborn giraffe is something wonderful and completely unexpected, something that will stay in memories for a long time to come.

An extraordinary sighting: Cheetahs

a cheetah posing in the bush, Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa

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.

How African animals prevent sunburn

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.

Spring safari in South Africa

Flowering namaqua daisies, Goegap Nature Reserve, Namaqualand, 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.

The best places to see wild lions in Africa

lion viewing from a game drive vehicle, Khwai, Botswana

Aptly named the ‘King of Beasts’, lions are an iconic African wildlife species and are often high up on many travellers’ list of things to see when visiting Africa.

The lion dynamics at Eagles Crag

lion and lioness up close

With the recent influx of lion cubs, the Southern pride have displayed incredible sightings of the youngsters learning the ins and outs of survival. Ranger James Moodie further explains the dynamics of the lions roaming the plains of Shamwari.

A morning territorial battle between waterbuck

two waterbucks battle each other for territory

A morning drive provides a dramatic sighting as two big male waterbuck battle each other for territory.

Rare black oryx, valued at R8m, poached for food

Three young men appeared in the Barkly West Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for allegedly poaching an extremely rare black oryx, believed to be the only one of its kind in South Africa and valued at around R8 million.

Online rhino horn auction met with “disappointing” results

rhino horn, rhino, wildlife

John Hume’s first three-day online rhino horn auction was met with “disappointing” results as there were fewer bidders than expected.

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