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the art of tracking

by Sabi Sabi on October 29, 2014

Art is modern, art is contemporary, art is dance, art is entertainment, is tracking an art?

Art requires skill, an eye to detail, true passion and is most certainly open for interpretation. A painting can hang in the Louvre with so many hidden textures, meanings and allows for discussion and elucidation on how or why or what was the artist doing or meaning? This is exactly the same when it comes to tracking, if it’s a skew toe or scar, or the positioning of the feet pads on a leopards tracks, to the stride length and commotion in the sand. This enables us to understand what the animal was doing and almost to picture as if we are this animal and to ‘dance with it’.


I introduce my tracker, Heavyness, to guests every day and tell them his role is to read the daily newspaper and to interpret the daily antics and articles that the animals have left in the sand for us. Read the full article →


a week in the bush: vol 25

Thumbnail image for a week in the bush: vol 25 by Sabi Sabi October 23, 2014

It’s that time again where we relive the previous week’s worth of incredible sightings, and what a week it’s been. We have been able to share some amazing moments with our guests and as always, it has been a pleasure to do so. We’ll start off this week’s highlights with a spectacular sunrise witnessed at [...]

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outcrop lesson

Thumbnail image for outcrop lesson by Sabi Sabi October 21, 2014

Like many of us, our lives are shaped by prominent people – parents, role models, teachers, etc. A mother leopard, a solitary parent, has to fill all of these roles and like us humans this is no mean feat. However, the Outcrop female is doing a fantastic job on raising her young cub, the Kelenge [...]

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a week in the bush: vol 24

Thumbnail image for a week in the bush: vol 24 by Sabi Sabi October 17, 2014

We’ve had another fantastic week at Sabi Sabi with some incredible moments shared with our most recent guests. The bush has been most productive lately and we are starting to see the first signs indicating that summer is on the way. This will come as quite a relief for reserve’s many struggling inhabitants. With the [...]

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photographing cheetah

Thumbnail image for photographing cheetah by Sabi Sabi October 16, 2014

Going out on a photographic safari differs a lot from doing a normal safari as it is all about timing, all about light and all about getting the best photo possible! Recently I drove a photographic group that were staying at Little Bush Camp for 6 nights and the sole purpose was to explore our [...]

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coming of age

Thumbnail image for coming of age by Sabi Sabi October 14, 2014

For the last few months we have watched with amazement at the growth of one of my new favourite leopards. Outcrop female’s cub has adopted the relaxed nature of her mother and is as pretty as a picture. She exudes a confidence far beyond her years and for the first time she was witnessed making [...]

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highlights: september 2014

Thumbnail image for highlights: september 2014 by Sabi Sabi October 14, 2014

This is a collection of images that we feel are highlights of the month of September 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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a week in the bush: vol 23

Thumbnail image for a week in the bush: vol 23 by Sabi Sabi October 7, 2014

In this week’s installment of ‘A Week in the Bush…’ we are going to be combining selected images taken over the last two weeks. Some of our readers may or may not be aware that we experienced some pretty intense fires in the area 2 weeks ago and as a result, we have fallen behind [...]

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phoenix rising

Thumbnail image for phoenix rising by Sabi Sabi October 1, 2014

It is said that the Phoenix rises from ashes, being reborn. What is the Phoenix you may ask, it is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life from arising from the ashes of its predecessor. For ashes to arise there has to be huge [...]

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a legend in the making

Thumbnail image for a legend in the making by Sabi Sabi 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 [...]

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