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lion warfare

Thumbnail image for lion warfare by Sabi Sabi December 20, 2013

“Lovers and warriors are not bound by the rules of fair play” ― Wayne Gerard Trotman. This could not have been truer when we witnessed one of the most incredible lion sightings I have had in two years of guiding. After the most amazing leopard and hyena interaction from the previous night we decided that [...]

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a day to remember

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With the first morning light just rising above the horizon, we set off on safari eager to see what would be waiting for us. It wasn’t long before Heaviness, my tracker, shouted “STOP! STOP! STOP!” We climbed out of the vehicle to see two sets of male lion tracks walking off the road and towards [...]

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boundary walk

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The alarm goes off – I check the time, it is 04:00am. It is a similar time to what rangers get up anyway but this day we were not guiding. What lay ahead of us today was a test of endurance, patience and pure, stubborn mental determination. It is the boundary walk. What sounds more [...]

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wildebeest welcomed to the world

Thumbnail image for wildebeest welcomed to the world by Richard de Gouveia December 12, 2013

I was thinking to myself a couple days ago that I had been unlucky this year not to have witnessed any births and I was a little glum that I didn’t get the opportunity. Little did I know that that was all about to change. Jabu had been out on a walk and as he [...]

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lions everywhere

Thumbnail image for lions everywhere by Sabi Sabi December 4, 2013

It was a morning which started early, there was a light drizzle and anticipation in the air about what the day would bring. “Stop” said my tracker Petro with his characteristic hand gesture. We climbed out of the vehicle to inspect the tracks in the wet soil – lion tracks! I deferred to his extensive [...]

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a valiant struggle

Thumbnail image for a valiant struggle by Sabi Sabi November 29, 2013

GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING! It was about 15h30, I was in my room preparing to go on leave when there was a pounding on my bedroom door. I opened the door and standing in front of me was our Earth Lodge receptionist, Taryn, who was frantic. “Come quick – it sounds like a warthog is being [...]

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a cruel but necessary death – part 2

Thumbnail image for a cruel but necessary death – part 2 by Sabi Sabi November 18, 2013

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with my radio so when Terry called in that the mother cheetah and her cubs had caught, but not killed, a steenbuck was a prime example. I loved the fact that he had made us aware of such an incredible sighting but I was hating the fact [...]

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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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walking the length of the msuthlu river

Thumbnail image for walking the length of the msuthlu river by Sabi Sabi October 29, 2013

With the rare luxury of an afternoon off myself and two other guides from Bush Lodge, (Simon Smit and Kevin Power), decided that we wanted to walk the length of the Msuthlu River that winds it’s way through the property with the aim of admiring the beautiful riverine ecosystem, birds, and the bonus of viewing [...]

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