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Game Viewing at The Madikwe Game Reserve
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Game Viewing at The Madikwe Game Reserve

Game reserves, like dark chocolate covered strawberries, are one of those things that you just can’t get enough of. Millions of years of human evolution have designed us to naturally prefer the great outdoors to an office cubicle. Who can argue with that? The Madikwe game reserve covers 75,000 hectares making it one of South Africa’s largest. The Madikwe Game Reserve showcases Africa at its finest. Immense plains of open woodlands and grasslands, the jagged Rant van Tweedepoort, the dramatic Dwarsberg Mountain as well as haphazardly placed inselbergs, all make for awe inspiring scenery. ...
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Tenikwa Spots and Stripes
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Tenikwa Spots and Stripes

One of those difficult to spot species in the bush is the cats, or to be more specific, those ever elusive leopard and cheetah. So paying a visit to the Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, just outside Plettenberg Bay is a privilege to which I am looking forward. Having been relieved of my handbag (one can only carry cameras into the enclosures), we embarked upon our one-hour tour at 09h30, with our two little boys in hand. The centre is open from 09h00 and tours depart every half hour to 16h30. Our first stop appeared to be the good old domestic cat, only on a far grander scale, and can wei...
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Pilanesberg Reserve – A holiday in the crater of a once active volcano …
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Pilanesberg Reserve – A holiday in the crater of a once active volcano …

When a friend of mine suggested that our next holiday in South Africa should be in the crater of a once active volcano, I wasn't sure it was a good idea. I've seen way too many disaster movies to not know that people say “it’s been inactive for millennia” about fifteen minutes before the thing erupts and the main characters spend the rest of the movie fighting for their lives. Turns out the main characters in this adventure (a group of friends and myself) spent our time exploring and relaxing for our lives. The long extinct volcano crater in question is now home to the Pilanesberg reser...
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Beautiful Bonamanzi!
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Beautiful Bonamanzi!

We had family out from the USA over Christmas so arranged to spend two nights at Bonamanzi Game Park ... on safari!  I will be the first to admit that I’m not a big fan of the bush; I appreciate the beauty of it but let’s face it, the bush in mid summer when its 30 degrees at 5 in the morning is just not pleasant.  It’s especially not pleasant when the camp you are staying at does not have a swimming pool or air conditioning! Bonamanzi however, is a breath of fresh air... Located in Hluhluwe in the heart of Zululand, Bonamanzi is recognised as one of the best birding destinations in Southern...
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Leopard Encounter in the Kruger National Park
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Leopard Encounter in the Kruger National Park

Janet & John Wills from Porcupine Ridge Guest House in Sabie had this unexpected, heart-stopping Leopard encounter on a recent break in the Kruger National Park ... At around 8.30am on 18 December 2009 my husband, our adult son and I, left Tamboti Tented Camp and drove east along the H7 towards Satara Camp. We soon came to the turning for N'wamatsatsa Waterhole and decided to check it out. Rounding a corner on the dirt road we saw two tiny leopard cubs running across the road with the mother leopard following closely behind. The cubs soon disappeared in the long grass, follow...
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Addo Elephant Park – a commune with elephants
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Addo Elephant Park – a commune with elephants

Addo Elephant National Park is the third largest park in South Africa, and offers the chance of sighting the Big 7 (elephant, black rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, great white shark and sperm whale) and the opportunity of a combination of guided walks, hikes, 4X4 trails, horseback and
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I am ready for 2010. Are you (photograph)
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I am ready for 2010. Are you (photograph)

This photograph of a young cheetah was sent to us by Cecillie from Emdoneni Lodge Cat Rehabilitation Centre in Hluhluwe, KwaZulu Natal. The Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre cares for wild Cheetahs, Serval Cats, African Wildcats and Caracal (Lynx), which have been orphaned or injured in the wild and are in need of care and rehabilitation ... Photograph: I am ready for 2010. Are you? - By and © Endoneni Lodge View and photograph these amazing animals at the Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre. They offer educational tours daily, with feedings during the afternoon tour and an informative t...
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Flightless Dungbeetle by Neville Cowan (photograph)
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Flightless Dungbeetle by Neville Cowan (photograph)

Dungbeetles seem to be a favourite sighting for visitors to South Africa, based on the number of photographs of dungbeetles that have been entered into our photographers' competitions. Here is one of my favourites from our Photographers Competition November 2009, by Neville Cowen of the UK. This particular dungbeetle was captured on film, in the malaria-free Addo Elephant National Park, which boasts the largest remaining population of this endangered beetle in the world. The main attraction of the Addo Elephant Park is the park’s 350 or so African Elephants. The Black Rhino and Cape Buffalo...
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Birds Eye View by Noula Bouwer (photograph)
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Birds Eye View by Noula Bouwer (photograph)

Todays photograph was sent to us by Noula Bouwer as is entiled "Bird's Eye View". A great photograph of a giraffe, Noula has submitted a number of really great photographs to our current photography competition. You can see more of her entries at November Photography Competition. Giraffe are non-territorial, social animals that travel in large herds that are not organized in any way. They live in the savannas of Africa, where they roam freely among the tall trees, arid land, dense forests and open plains ... Bird's Eye View - Photograph by & © Noula Bouwer (South Africa) Useful Lin...
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Mpila Camp, Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve
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Mpila Camp, Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

KwaZulu Natal is a wonderful destination to visit during winter, since its mild temperatures allow you to escape the chill of other parts of the country.  As part of our travels, we chose a visit to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, which was established in 1895, and is the oldest game park in Africa ... One of the attractions of selecting this reserve, and Mpila camp in particular, was that I could meet my young boys’ desire to camp, without having to sacrifice my need for a little comfort and some basic amenities. In fact the two bedded tents with en suite showers are anything bu...
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Big 5 or Bust?
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Big 5 or Bust?

Something that always amazes me is the modern day traveller’s overwhelming desire to spot the Big 5. This is not to say that I don’t appreciate such a sighting and relish every moment watching Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo and (for me, the as yet unseen) Leopard in the wild, but when lucky enough to spend some time in South African Game Reserves, any sighting fills me with joy ... On a game drive in a private Big 5 reserve recently, I was disappointed to find that our game ranger was giving preference to these species, to the near exclusion, or rather, dismissal of other game species. Ther...
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Well Found Welgevonden
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Well Found Welgevonden

After a tiring journey, admittedly just a 3 and a half hour drive from OR Tambo International Airport, we had finally arrived at the West Gate of the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve (near Vaalwater in the Limpopo Province) for a long-awaited game holiday. We happily abandoned our rental car (no private vehicles are allowed in the reserve) and scampered into the back of the open 4x4 safari vehicle, while our game ranger collected and stowed our luggage. Then we were off on our +/- 30 minute “transfer” to the lodge. Within minutes, Welgevonden lived up to the meaning of its name (well found)...
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Exploring Mkuze Game Reserve
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Exploring Mkuze Game Reserve

Aside from the fact that it feels as though one drives forever from Durban to get to Mkuze Game Reserve along the N2, it was this journey that prepared my mind and soul for the necessary unwind that must first take place before spending any time in a reserve. And by that evening, I could appreciate the transition that took me along the northern coast of KwaZulu Natal into the heart of Zululand for what it was - a journey into stillness countered by the wild and untamed beauty that is the Zulu heartland ... Whilst you can fly into Richards Bay or even Ulundi, my advice is that you don't. ...
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