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a cruel but necessary death

Thumbnail image for a cruel but necessary death by Sabi Sabi November 15, 2013

There comes a time in the African bush when the harsh brutality of life on the plains of Africa shows its face and these glimpses can be extremely painful to watch. I was driving Johan and his wife Katrien, who had had an eventful few days with us but little did we know that on [...]

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what did we walk into?

Thumbnail image for what did we walk into? by Richard de Gouveia November 6, 2013

As a part of our training we are always trying to get a better understanding of all that surrounds us. As part of the guest experience, the guests are offered a nature walk after breakfast, which is aimed at looking at the smaller intricacies that nature has to offer. Now although we don’t look for [...]

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a free lunch

Thumbnail image for a free lunch by Sabi Sabi October 25, 2013

This was one of those sightings where, as a ranger, you know what awaits is something rarely seen. Not only were there three cheetahs on a duiker kill, but a leopardess had just joined in to really mix things up. When we got there the mother cheetah and her two youngsters were nervously looking towards [...]

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the new generation

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After a dry winter, the beautiful season of spring is finally upon us. The odd rain shower replenishing the parched soil with much needed moisture and the dry Marula and Knobthorn trees showing flashes of the green hue which has been missing for some time. This season of new life has also extended to the [...]

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behind enemy lines

Thumbnail image for behind enemy lines by Richard de Gouveia October 21, 2013

Over the last few months we have watched as Maxabeni and Mahlathini males have jostled for territory. Even though Maxabeni has had the upper hand and almost killed Mahlathini the last time they fought. This has not deterred him from pushing back and trying to hold on to the territory he has just set up. [...]

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the call of silence

Thumbnail image for the call of silence by Sabi Sabi October 18, 2013

A misty, cold and rainy morning left us sleeping in and skipping the morning safari. We decided to head out into the bush straight after breakfast. With the sun finally shining confidently and the clouds drifting away, we knew it was our cue to leave the lodge. I heard from the rangers that a female [...]

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eaten alive

Thumbnail image for eaten alive by Richard de Gouveia October 10, 2013

Graphic content warning! The guests had all gone to bed and it was time for a last drink with the rangers before retreating to the covers for a good night sleep before the next morning’s drive. While discussing the days events, Kevin’s phone started to ring and upon answering his facial expressions changed and he [...]

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social leopards

Thumbnail image for social leopards by Sabi Sabi October 3, 2013

An experience that you would never forget… It was another beautiful afternoon in the bush with eight guests Ann, Stacy, Lisa, Peter, Maggy, Sven and the honeymoon couple Tim and Alyison that had never been on safari before. We had seen four of the Big 5 in two days and were yet to see leopard. [...]

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litter of little lions

Thumbnail image for litter of little lions by Richard de Gouveia September 30, 2013

A beautiful morning in the bush, greeted by the sight of the Kruger male and one of the Southern Pride lionesses and her cubs. We had literally driven 300 metres out of Bush Lodge when we found them all sleeping next to the road and the rambunctious cubs played with a log. They pounced all [...]

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the “ghost” male leopard makes a kill

Thumbnail image for the “ghost” male leopard makes a kill by Sabi Sabi September 25, 2013

After a fantastic sighting of the Kruger male lion, I decided that we needed to stop for a sundowner and try take in the incredible feeling after sharing an hour of our lives with him. I chose a drinks stop that I have never stopped at before – an open area with the golden yellow [...]

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