I was watching a juvenile bateleur preening in a dead tree when I heard guide Mike Palmer whisper, ‘Cheetah.’ Almost immediately there was a collective intake of breath as everyone in the game-drive vehicle refocused their gaze on the cheetah, frozen in the soft morning light.
Aside from the zookeepers and many others who work at the Johannesburg Zoo is a team of vets that not only looks after the health of the zoo animals, but also other wildlife that may have been confiscated or strayed into the city’s streets.
It may be off the main tourist routes, but the huge and very beautiful 16 000ha Jozini Dam (or Lake Jozini), which lies between the majestic Lebombo and Ubombo mountains in northern KwaZulu-Natal and borders Swaziland, is well worth a visit.
The Pilanesberg Game Reserve, with its concentric ring of mountains, is one of South Africa’s most visited tourist destinations. And because of the variety of habitats, it is teeming with game and birds.
Many of South Africa’s birds obligingly occur in some of the country’s most scenic regions. I was reminded of this again on a recent visit to the Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve in the Wolkberg mountains.
Situated along the scenic Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay is one of South Africa’s prime tourist destinations, and both in season and out of season there are plenty of fun activities to do – from animal sanctuaries and organic markets to water sports and more on one of its many gorgeous beaches ...
Sabi Sand private game reserve bordering Kruger National Park has the highest density of leopards in the world. But four different leopards on one evening game drive? Even for Sabi Sand that must almost be a record.
I’m at Samara private game reserve for the beauty of the area, but also to check up on a legendary animal – Sibella the cheetah. Badly injured in a Limpopo farmer’s steel trap, she was rescued and brought to Samara in 2003, where she was nursed back to health and released back into the wild.
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