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Know where to see the BIG FIVE – we list the top reserves
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Know where to see the BIG FIVE – we list the top reserves

The Big Five are not only  the most popular animals in Africa, they're also among the most dangerous. Yet people fly into South Africa intent on sighting them. Not everyone manages to tick them off the list (the leopard in particular is rather elusive). We give you the lowdown on exactly where to find the BIG FIVE... Rhino South Africa is regarded as the stronghold of the near threatened southern white rhino, primarily in reserves like the Kruger and Hluhluwe-iMfolozi. D.b. Bicornis , one of three subspecies of the critically endangered black rhino, occurs only in Namibia and South Afri...
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The Secret Life of South Africa’s Little Five
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The Secret Life of South Africa’s Little Five

What do the leopard tortoise, buffalo weaver, elephant shrew, ant lion and rhinoceros beetle have in common with their large counterparts?  Very little other than the names they share. What they are is a sharp reminder of the neglected small creatures - the “forgotten inhabitants of the African savannah”. It's human nature to support the little guy. In psychology terms this is known as the appeal of the underdog; the Davids (as opposed to Goliaths) of this world... Which is one explanation for Rael Loon's concept of South Africa's Little Five. As opposed to the Big Five – one of the major r...
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On Safari in Sibuya Game Reserve
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On Safari in Sibuya Game Reserve

So when the day came for us to check in to Sibuya Game Reserve in Kenton on Sea, we completely missed the boat.  Literally, at 11:30am the boat chartered all the guests across from the reception to the reserve.  Except for us.  We arrived late from Hogsback and Ranger Chris came all the way this side of the river to collect us in time for lunch. As we boated along the river, looking out for birds and even game beside the water’s edge I realised that so much of this game reserve’s beauty lies in the fact that you can only access it by water. We stopped to see a tiny malachite kingfisher perc...
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The wild reveals its secrets at Jock Safari Lodge
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The wild reveals its secrets at Jock Safari Lodge

From the time we pulled up at Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park, I knew that it was going to be a bush experience of note and a luxurious one at that.  Smiling staff came straight to the car and offered to carry all of our suitcases, backpacks and bags to our rooms.  We were offered an ice cold glass of juice whilst checking in and even the general manger, Louis Strauss, came out to meet and introduce himself. Our villa in the bush captivated me immediately.  As we were shown around the room, I took in the splash pool built on a wooden deck, our shaded A-frame lounging area buil...
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Exploring South Africa’s oldest private reserve, the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
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Exploring South Africa’s oldest private reserve, the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

The first pioneers of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve date back to the late 1920’s.  They aimed to protect the beautiful fauna and flora of the land and today six of those families have third and fourth generation owners of the land. It was only in 1948 when landowners formed Sabi Sand private nature reserve.  Here you’ll find endangered species, surreal safari experiences, moving landscapes and world-class lodges. Endangered species on the reserve include Honey Badgers, Red-billed Oxpeckers,  Wild Dogs, Bats and Ground Hornbill. The Sand and Sabie Rivers supply this reserve with water and provi...
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Meerkats – Where to Find Them in South Africa
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Meerkats – Where to Find Them in South Africa

The suricate. Looks like a mongoose - and should as it belongs to the same family -, lives in mobs or gangs, does a lot of standing on its rear legs to survey the lie of the land – and with good reason as they're a snack size for the average Martial eagle and jackal – weighs all of 0.9 kilograms, and has something of a cult following in the UK due to a series of television adverts for the insurance company Compare the Market. The meerkat described above, named Aleksandr Orlov, is Russian and sports a heavy Russian accent, comes from aristocratic stock and spends most of the advert's duratio...
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Saving Our Rhinos – 9 Ways You Can Help
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Saving Our Rhinos – 9 Ways You Can Help

I don't know about you, but I feel despondent every time I read about the desperate plight of the aggressively poached rhinos in South Africa. I feel dismayed, frightened and utterly appalled. I also feel enraged because there doesn't seem to be anything I can actually DO about it, other than give money to one organisation or another. And I get countless desperate rhino emails, smses and FB pleas to share this, like this or send this. But does it help? And how is it helping? What can I actually do to change the situation? Somehow sharing a gut wrenching picture of butchered rhinos with all ...
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Meet Dave Moffatt of KhakiWeed Photographic Safaris
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Meet Dave Moffatt of KhakiWeed Photographic Safaris

We'd like to introduce Dave Moffatt of KhakiWeed Photographic Safaris. Dave has shared some of his amazing wildlife photographs with us and we thought they were too good not to share with all of you! Thank you for sharing your wonderful photographs with us Dave, they are incredible images. "My name is Dave Moffatt, born in Ireland I came here in my early years and love the bush and wildlife . About four years ago I went on a trip to the Kruger Park, as I have done before except this time I took a new toy with me a SLR canon Camera with a 300mm lens. I had done photography in the past with a...
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Explore Mountain Zebra National Park
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Explore Mountain Zebra National Park

The Mountain Zebra National Park is a haven for some of the most awesome wildlife of the country, having protected the Mountain Zebra from near-extinction since its establishment in 1937. Today, there are hundreds of Mountain Zebra residing in safety in this park. The entire area boasts the rustic beauty so typical of the Eastern Cape – valleys, hills and rocky outcrops with plenty of green Karoo vegetation and scrubby landscapes. It is within this untouched beauty that the Mountain Zebra National Park is nestled, home to a variety of fauna and flora. This national park is located ne...
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Where To Spot A Leopard
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Where To Spot A Leopard

The leopard is one of the official Big 5 (along with the elephant, buffalo, lion and rhino). More than this, it is an exquisite wild cat, an accomplished hunter and mysterious for its elusiveness. It is the smallest of all the wild cats and certainly one of the most beautiful. However, because it is a naturally shy animal, avoiding contact with humans, it is sometimes difficult to find within its natural habitat. In South Africa, leopards can be found in a number of reserves, parks and wildlife facilities. The Kruger National Park is a good option for travellers wanting to see leopards,...
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Explore the Pumba Private Game Reserve
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Explore the Pumba Private Game Reserve

The Pumba Private Game Reserve is situated on Lake Kariega in the heart of the Eastern Cape. This luxury reserve showcases the true beauty of South Africa within the comfort of opulent lodges and world-class amenities. As the home of some of the world’s most beautiful animal species (including the Big 5), Pumba promises visitors a really rewarding wildlife experience. Pumba Private Game Reserve makes for the perfect destination for a romantic honeymoon, a family getaway, business trip or spa escape. It is close enough to towns like Grahamstown (a 20-minute drive, in fact) and Port Elizabeth...
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Explore the Kariega Game Reserve
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Explore the Kariega Game Reserve

The Kariega Game Reserve is a stunning escape in the heart of the Eastern Cape, boasting each of the magnificent Big 5 (lion, buffalo, rhino, leopard and elephant). However, nature-lovers are in for a very rewarding experience because, in addition to these impressive species, there is a plethora of other animals to see within their natural habitat. This includes almost 300 bird species and 25 different kinds of game. International visitors are assured that this entire area is a malaria-free zone, so no extra precautions need to be taken. The reserve is situated on the Kariega River and ...
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Explore the Addo Elephant Park
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Explore the Addo Elephant Park

The Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape boasts an area of some 180 000 hectares, making it the third largest national park in the whole of South Africa. It is situated less than an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth and includes an intriguing variety of landscapes, fauna and flora. The Bushman’s and Sundays River valleys traverse its landscape, as do the magnificent Zuurberg Mountains. This natural beauty is, no doubt, one of the many draw-cards to the more than 140 000 visitors that the park welcomes every year. Elephants are a prized possession, having been hunted for their valuab...
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The Cape Leopard Trust – small cats with big problems
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The Cape Leopard Trust – small cats with big problems

Dr Quinton Martins, the man behind The Cape Leopard Trust, has seen only seven ad hoc sightings of wild leopards in the Cederberg where his research takes place in eight years. Even with collars, he sees but a few each year. The Cape Leopard is a vulnerable, isolated population that occurs at low density in the mountains of the Northern, Eastern and Western Cape. Due to the influence of European settlers over the past 350 years, it has already been made extinct in many areas where it used to roam. As the trust headlines in its adverts to raise awareness: Leopards of the Cape are small cats wit...
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Kruger – The low down on where to stay, what to do and spotting the Big 5
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Kruger – The low down on where to stay, what to do and spotting the Big 5

The Kruger National Park is undoubtedly THE place to be when it comes to seeing game in what should be their natural environment.  Even if during school holidays the number of people entering the park is questionable, traffic fairly congested, and the tendency of individuals to do silly things like feed hyenas and monkeys (now a constant pest in various rest camps) a sign that even in the Kruger, humans are encroaching on the freedom of the animals within. Despite this Kruger Park is a fantastic experience. One of the world's largest game parks, Kruger has received a  myriad accolades f...
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