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The Charleston Males Make a Return

The Charleston Males Make a Return (and Quite a Stir!)

Lions of Lion Sands | July 16, 2018

From early in the morning of 11 July, we could hear the roaring of lions. It’s an exciting sound, not only because it helps us to locate them but also, because we don’t have an established coalition here, it’s not something we hear all that often. Setting out on safari, updates started pouring in over …
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A Beautiful Stranger in Our Midst

Safari Experiences | June 29, 2018

The unexpected element of safari is always what keeps us coming back for more. At Lion Sands, we don’t have fences between our reserve and the Kruger National Park, which means that animals can move freely between the areas. The result is that on any game drive, we can encounter something entirely new. The big …
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A Starry Perspective

A Starry Perspective

Safari Experiences | June 19, 2018

There’s nothing like learning about the stars to make you feel small. Stargazing is one of those activities that no matter what is happening in your life, you can gain a pinch of perspective by thinking about the vastness of the universe and admiring the beauty of twinkling lights shinning from millions of miles away. …
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Vultures: More Guardian Angel Than Grim Reaper  

Vultures: More Guardian Angel Than Grim Reaper  

Wildlife | June 15, 2018

Across the globe, vulture populations are in decline, and they are often overlooked by the public as an important species for conservation. Sadly, they don’t have the best reputation, and are commonly associated with death and disaster in folklore and pop culture. On top of this, vultures are considered the most unattractive of feathered friends, …
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Impalas Stuck in a Rut

Impalas Stuck in a Rut – More Exciting Than You’d Think!

Wildlife | June 8, 2018

Impalas are an often overlooked species because they are seen in abundance, but they’re actually fascinating animals. As guides, there are two times of the year we most look forward to when it comes to impala sightings: the lambing season, when baby impalas abound; and the rut – the impala mating season. We’re currently in …
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Safari for the Senses

A Safari for the Senses

Wildlife | May 25, 2018

The more time you spend in the bush, the more you start to pick up on its nuances. You can smell when the air changes – perhaps a leopard has scent-marked on a nearby bush, or a rhino has recently defecated at its midden. You can hear the faintest calling rasp of a leopard in …
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Dispute Between Mating Lions

Photo Series: Dispute Between Mating Lions

Wildlife | May 18, 2018

On the morning game drive of 28 April, I witnessed a spirited scene involving four lions. I managed to capture the whole event on camera – a first for me. There is a lot going on in this scene, so I have laid it out in detail. The males were the two that have been …
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Big Five Game Drive

Big Five Game Drive

Wildlife | May 11, 2018

To preface, I am not generally a fan of chasing Big Five sightings. But I do understand the desire to see Africa’s biggest and most dangerous species – just not at the expense of discovering its smaller treasures. That being said, the chance to view the Big Five is something we are proud to offer, …
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