Posts – Wildlife

Frogs in a pond

I remember seeing the odd frog hopping around our garden when I was a child. But as I grew up, they just seemed to vanish. The wonder of them came rushing back at a Karoo farm outside the small town of Springfontein, smack bang in the middle of the country.

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Remembering epic elephants

South Africa has hundreds of museums. Among the biggest and the best are the Iziko Museums of Cape Town, Museum Africa, the Apartheid Museum and the Johannesburg Art Museum.

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South Africa’s newest, shiniest national park

When Vaalbos National Park outside the diamond town of Kimberley was deproclaimed a few years ago, it seemed like a real setback for conservation. But that wasn’t the end of the story.

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Letaba Wilderness Trail

Forget the comfy safari vehicle and all the mod-cons of a safari experience. If you want to get back to nature and have a genuine African wilderness experience then head for Letaba Ranch next to the unfenced border with Kruger National Park.

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Sea Kayaking with whales in Hermanus

Last week I had the pleasure of joining the crew from Walker Bay Adventures for a sea kayaking experience in Hermanus. This involved getting within 40 metres of a Bryde’s whale and even closer to seals and dolphins.

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Kings of the Kalahari

In the wildlife-rich lands in South Africa’s Northern Cape and Limpopo are camel thorns. At first you’ll hardly notice them. A thorn tree is a thorn tree, right?

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The irresistible clacking of warthogs

Like most wildlife lovers, I have a real soft spot for warthogs, and their sheer ugliness is part of the appeal.

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Open your bush eyes

I was once on a night drive when the field guide brought the Landrover to a halt just next to a tree. What? Why? There was nothing there. Then again, I didn’t have my ‘wildlife eyes’ focused yet.

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Flight of the bee-eater

The best thing, the best antidote to tiresome civilisation, is to be deep in the bush and to completely switch off; to fasten attention on the intriguing doings of a beautiful creature.

Particularly cheering are the exultant chirrups from a little group of bee-eaters as they successfully pursue passing insects – only some of which are actual bees.

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The Italian elephants

The Big 5 are supposed to be thrilling. But to be completely honest, lions can be a little boring. Did you know that a lion can sleep for more than 20 hours a day?

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