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a legend in the making

by Sabi Sabi on September 22, 2014

In terms of leopards, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is home to many different individuals. Individuals that us as Guides on the reserve get to know intimately and of course, each will have their favorites. For me, it is a female affectionately known around these parts as the Nottins female or Young Nottins. She is currently pushing 16 years of age, which is quite old for a wild leopard, and to date has only managed to successfully raise 4 offspring to independence. This is a success rate of roughly 25%, which by anybody’s standards is extremely low, but life out here is tough and there are numerous challenges that she would need to overcome on a daily basis to keep her cubs alive.

All this being said, we are quite excited and confident about the future of her latest offspring sired by the Maxabeni male. Maxabeni has been doing well to secure his territory over the last year and a half, which means that there is one less obstacle for Nottins to worry about in terms of protecting her young cub. Rogue males are often the main cause of cub fatalities in predators. So far the cub is doing well and many of the Guides here have been fortunate enough to be able to spend a great deal of time with them over the last few months. A couple of weeks ago I finally got my chance…

leopard and cub sighting while on safari

One morning Nottins was found relatively close to Bush Lodge on the hunt, but by the time morning safari was over she was yet to make a kill. Read the full article →

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a week in the bush: vol 22

Thumbnail image for a week in the bush: vol 22 by Sabi Sabi September 18, 2014

Every morning that we are out on safari, the birds songs are getting louder with their activities becoming more pronounced as they are starting to look for potential mates and defend territories. The sun creeps over the horizon and the cold crisp air disappears, the new flush of leaves on the Acacia trees and the [...]

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highlights: august 2014

Thumbnail image for highlights: august 2014 by Sabi Sabi September 9, 2014

This is a collection of images that we feel are highlights of the month of August 2014. Some are amazing pictures and some are rare sightings or even exciting events at the lodges. Enjoy our highlights of the month.

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my highlights july/august 2014

Thumbnail image for my highlights july/august 2014 by Sabi Sabi September 3, 2014

In a cold environment, the animals of Sabi Sabi have kept the temperatures soaring with their interactions, not only between each species but each other as well. One of the most interesting has been that of the lions of the Southern Pride. Chaos does not even begin to tell the story: The Kruger male driven [...]

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a week in the bush: vol 21

Thumbnail image for a week in the bush: vol 21 by Sabi Sabi September 1, 2014

It has been yet another incredible week of game viewing at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. After all the excitement of last week’s events, I was looking forward to what the coming one would bring and it did not disappoint. After the Sand River males and three Southern Pride lionesses took down a behemoth of [...]

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lance’s highlights of the week: vol 1

Thumbnail image for lance’s highlights of the week: vol 1 by Sabi Sabi August 28, 2014

This week the bush has been absolutely pumping! We have had the privilege of viewing a number of cheetahs that have been making the reserve their home in the past few days. It is always special to see these endangered big cats, especially in the beautiful golden settings of late winter. Every now and then [...]

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a week in the bush: vol 20

Thumbnail image for a week in the bush: vol 20 by Sabi Sabi August 26, 2014

What can I say about the sightings this last week? In one word, “Sensational!” I am baffled as to how it is possible that the quality of sightings that we are experiencing with our guests lately seem to be getting better and better every day. In three or four days guests are seeing things that [...]

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peaceful leopards

Thumbnail image for peaceful leopards by Sabi Sabi August 25, 2014

For the last 5 years I have had the privilege of viewing leopards that defy logic. To be able to sit with a leopard for an indefinite amount of time with this majestic and regal cat not so much as looking up at you is something I cannot explain. From a young age I used [...]

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a tribute to the bull

Thumbnail image for a tribute to the bull by Sabi Sabi August 19, 2014

Warning: Graphic Content! Some days ago, the Sand River male lions and Southern Pride lionesses made their way back onto Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve and looked to be desperate for a decent meal. First appearing in the south, we tracked them towards Earth Lodge observing as they intently stalked whatever crossed their path, but [...]

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a week in the bush: vol 19

Thumbnail image for a week in the bush: vol 19 by Sabi Sabi August 18, 2014

It has been another extraordinary week here at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve and yet again, there has been just so much action that it is becoming increasingly difficult to include everything on the social media platforms. Without further a due, lets get into the week’s highlights. The Bushbuck is a browsing animal that is [...]

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