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long live the king

by Sabi Sabi on July 29, 2014

Sandriver male leopard is facing a similar fate as his father once did (Thumbela male). He has had to become a rather nomadic male after being forced out of the northern sector of Sabi Sabi by his new nemesis, Maxabeni. Sandriver spends most of his days in the Southern sector close to Earth Lodge but has even ventured into the far Western sector of the Sabi Sands many kilometers away. It seems that with his age, born in 2000, he does not have as much fight left in him as he used to, or so we thought.

Since his arrival, Maxabeni has been rather successful in securing the northern half of Sabi Sabi by driving out all other male competition. Like most young males approaching their prime, Maxabeni is pushing out his territory as large as he possibly can but in a few years will most probably consolidate it down to something a bit more manageable. With no one to challenge his reign he has managed to father three cubs with two different females, 1 with Nottins female (±3 months) and 2 with Little Bush female (±5 months).

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a week in the bush: vol 17

Thumbnail image for a week in the bush: vol 17 by Sabi Sabi July 25, 2014

Well this week has once again been an incredibly action packed week here at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. It seems as if the predators have taken the spotlight this week, most possibly due to there having been two massive herds of buffalo on the property, and trailing these herds we found both lions and [...]

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hunger makes you nasty

Thumbnail image for hunger makes you nasty by Sabi Sabi July 23, 2014

GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING! As soon as the coffee started to flow through our veins, our eyes were beginning to open and our internal generators were started. We immediately set off into the area where Warthog Wallow had killed and hoisted a big impala ewe into a tree the previous night. We were all excited wondering [...]

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what is it to be a safari guide?

Thumbnail image for what is it to be a safari guide? by Sabi Sabi July 21, 2014

Who are we as Safari Guides (Rangers)? The dictionary describes us as ‘a person who advises others, especially in matters of behaviour on an expedition to observe animals in their natural habitat.’ This is an extremely broad definition and really doesn’t highlight the expertise and the type of guide I see here at Sabi Sabi. [...]

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a week in the bush: vol 16

Thumbnail image for a week in the bush: vol 16 by Sabi Sabi July 16, 2014

Welcome to another installment of A Week in the Bush. It has been another amazing week, filled with spectacular sightings and great laughs around the fire with our guests. The end of winter is almost in sight, but the nights are still long and very cold, the mornings even more so. Guides, Trackers and Guests [...]

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highlights: june 2014

Thumbnail image for highlights: june 2014 by Sabi Sabi July 15, 2014

This is a collection of images that we feel are highlights of the month of June 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 may/june 2014

Thumbnail image for my highlights may/june 2014 by Sabi Sabi July 8, 2014

There is little doubt that we are in the icy grips of winter in the South African Lowveld, with both early morning and evening bringing a well-defined chill after the warmth of the winter sun. These times, however cold they might be, bring huge reward. With any challenge, you have to be prepared and armed [...]

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a week in the bush: vol 15

Thumbnail image for a week in the bush: vol 15 by Sabi Sabi July 4, 2014

It is hard to believe that we are already half way through the winter season, but then again time flies when you’re having fun! We have had another incredible week in the bush here at Sabi Sabi so sit back, relax, and enjoy as we recap on the week’s highlights. The cats were amazing as [...]

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week in pictures – part 2

Thumbnail image for week in pictures – part 2 by Sabi Sabi July 2, 2014

In this blog I will be sharing some of my favorite images of the predators we have seen in the last week. It has been a good week for leopards with Maxabeni and Warthog Wallow being around quite a bit. Maxabeni has been feeding on a warthog kill for the last four days at Fig [...]

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week in pictures – part 1

Thumbnail image for week in pictures – part 1 by Sabi Sabi July 1, 2014

My first week of a new cycle and it’s been a cracker! Here are some of my favourite shots of the cycle so far. I hope you enjoy them. The Smaller things This cycle I have spent a bit more time photographing more of the smaller things found here at Sabi Sabi, the things that [...]

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