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The Rainy Season Has Finally Begun!

It’s said that the bush transforms overnight between the dry and rainy seasons. While we don’t actually watch the grass grow, it is certainly true that after the first few weeks of rain, the landscape looks completely different, changing from dry and barren to lush and vibrant. The rainy season here usually begins around November. The …
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Young Cheetahs Make a Kill

Photo Series: Young Cheetahs Make a Kill

A rarely seen event unfolded at Lion Sands Kruger Park… One of our field guides, Simon Mbambo tracked and found three young cheetahs – an extraordinary sighting in itself. Cheetahs are very seldom seen at Lion Sands because of the high density of other predators and habitat that isn’t well suited to cheetahs. When my …
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Update on the Sand River Pride

Update on the Sand River Pride

The Sand River pride is the largest group of lions we currently see at Lion Sands – and a personal favourite of many. They are beautiful lions in great condition, and with several cubs, they are always a magnificent sight. The Sand River pride made their first appearance here about three years ago. At the …
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The Charleston Males Make a Return

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

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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Vultures: More Guardian Angel Than Grim Reaper  

Vultures: More Guardian Angel Than Grim Reaper  

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!

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

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

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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