Posts – Wildlife

Pressed for time? Try for the Big 5 in a day

No, this isn’t a trip to the Johannesburg or Pretoria zoo – it’s a full day trip to one of South Africa’s biggest game reserves, the Pilanesberg National Park.

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Watching the snake

Recently we were in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, driving along the dry Nossob riverbed and scanning it for likely predators. We’d seen two lionesses on the Mata Mata road, magnificently indifferent to us. And earlier, we’d spotted a cheetah mother and her half-grown cubs, practically waddling about after gorging themselves on some unseen carcass.

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Prepare to be dazzled

Visitors to our shores have a fascination with the zebra – each with its unique pattern of black and white stripes.

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Why zebras have stripes

Up until February 2012, people were pretty vague about why zebras have stripes. A fair thing to fret at, though. I mean, why would a giraffe have splotches, why would a cheetah and leopard (and baby lions) have spots, and why would a sable have a solid coat?

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Paul Geiger and Motswari

I was poking about Motswari’s website recently, impressed by the fact that this game lodge is accredited by 2 organisations – Green Globe and Fair Trade in Tourism.

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On track with otters and meerkats

Every morning my husband, Chris, and I walk at the golf course in Cradock with the dogs (German shepherds that are keen but useless hunters, thank goodness).

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A walk into the Iron Age

Pilanesberg National Park, 1 of Southern Africa’s biggest, is only just under 2 hours from Johannesburg. Known for its beauty, its basin provides a natural sanctuary ringed by mountains.

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Being present

If you allow yourself to be fully present, travel can have a spiritual dimension, taking you out of your mind’s clutter and awakening you to the glorious unbounded present.

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A bit of a lark

I am the most frivolous kind of birder. The larger and more colourful the bird, the happier I am. Ask me to identify an LBJ (little brown job) and I’ll immediately find something better to do.

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The trials of being a chameleon

I nearly tripped over a Karoo dwarf chameleon last week. Literally. He was in my garden, treading carefully over the lawn. I could not resist picking him up.

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