Posts – Wildlife

​The little secrets of the African bushveld

  • 25 March 2014 by Colin Ford

Granted, spotting a leopard on a game drive is always a massive thrill. And getting up close and personal with an elephant will take your breath away, every time. But the African bushveld has many fascinating little secrets that exist alongside the Big Five, which can make any game drive interesting, even if you don’t spot a fresh kill.

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An experience that money can't buy

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.

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Behind the scenes at the Johannesburg Zoo

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.

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Adventures on Jozini Dam

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.

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High summer in the Pilanesberg

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.

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Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve

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.

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Fun things to do in Plett (and surrounds)

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 ...

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Leopards at Cheetah Plains

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.

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Big sky country and the Great Karoo's legendary feline

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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Unusual adventures in small-town South Africa

Jacques Marais’ latest book reveals lots of weird and wonderful adventures in South Africa’s small dorps (towns).

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