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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 LodgeView 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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Game for a Walk? Game Viewing Walk
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Game for a Walk? Game Viewing Walk

Those of you that have investigated a visit to a game reserve, may have come across Game Walks as an optional activity which can be enjoyed when staying at one of South Africa’s luxurious game lodges. What exactly do they mean by this? Well, you get taken deep into the bush and track wildlife by foot (fortunately under the expert guidance of an armed game ranger) ...The romantic notion of walking in the bush and viewing wildlife with nothing but the tall grasses and trees of the savannah between you and your goal, is swiftly replaced with a thumping heart and light sweat. Realising tha...
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National Parks week – get in for free
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National Parks week – get in for free

It's official. This week, starting today 14th September, you can get into any (or at least the majority) of the South African National Parks (SANParks) for free. So, if you're in Cape Town you have the whole of the Table Mountain National Park at your disposal, and, better still, if you're up in Limpopo and Mpumalanga, the Kruger National Park is yours for free this week ... (that's your entrance fee, not your accommodation, unfortunately).For those of you who, like me, didn't have a clue that such a thing as National Parks Week existed, then the next seven days are yours to explore th...
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Elephant in Welgevonden Game Reserve (Video and photographs)
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Elephant in Welgevonden Game Reserve (Video and photographs)

Photograph and video of an Elephant in the Welgevonden Game Reserve in the Waterberg Area. The Welgevonden Game Reserve is a popular weekend safari destination out of Johannesburg. Only 3 hours drive north of OR Tambo Airport, Welgevonden Game Reserve is a "Big Five", malaria free Game Reserve situated in the Waterberg District ... Useful Links:Welgevonden Game Reserve Limpopo Game Reserves Limpopo Attractions Accommodation in South AfricaSaveSaveSave
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King of Madikwe Photos
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King of Madikwe Photos

A gallery of photographs taken in the Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province, South Africa. Madikwe Game Reserve is run as a joint venture between the state, private sector and local communities who live on the borders of the reserve and who benefit too, earning an annual share of the park’s profits. There are day and night game drives within Madikwe Game Reserve, bush walks and over 350 species of birdlife, including a number of interesting raptors ... King of Madikwe Game Reserve and family ...Click on the thumbnails to view the gallery ...Useful Links:Madikwe Gam...
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The Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve
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The Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve

The Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve, consisting of reclaimed farm land, is famous for the ambitious re-stocking program “Operation Phoenix” and is now home to the big five and is famous for its wild dog and spotted hyena. The Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa has the distinction of being one of the few game reserves in the world to be proclaimed purely on the grounds of being the most appropriate and sustainable land use for an area.Madikwe consists of vast plains of open woodlands and grasslands and bordered in the south by the Dwarsberg Mountains. The area is dotted with huge rocky hills ...
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