Posts – Wildlife

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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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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