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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 Africa Save Save Save
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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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Addo Elephants Photographs
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Addo Elephants Photographs

Todays photographs are of elephants in the famous Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The original Elephant section of the Addo Park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area ... today it is proudly sanctuary to over 450 elephants. This National Park is one of the best places in the world to view elephants in a malaria-free environment and, as the photographs below show, provides outstanding photo opportunities for wildlife photographic enthusiasts ...   Addo Elephant Photographs - Click on the images to view the enlarged versions: ...
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The Big 5 Pilanesberg National Park
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The Big 5 Pilanesberg National Park

The almost perfectly circular Pilanesberg national park, due to its lying literally in the void of a 1200 million year old volcano crater, lies 150 kilometres north west of Gauteng, virtually on the border of Sun City - one of the biggest draw cards to the area - and, by comparison, receives little of the acclaim it deserves ... The 55 000 hectare Pilanesberg park opened in 1979 in one of the largest game resettlement projects in the history of South Africa, and possibly the most expensive as commercial farmers gave over land to be restocked with wildlife. Operation Genesis saw virtu...
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Lesser Striped Swallow Photo
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Lesser Striped Swallow Photo

This photograph of a Lesser Striped Swallow was taken in the Pilanesberg Park. According to the Wikipedia entry for this bird, the Lesser Swallow is 15-10 cm long, has dark blue upperparts with a red rump and a rufous-chestnut crown, nape and sides of the head. The underparts are white with dark streaking, and the upper wings and underwing flight feathers are blackish-brown ... Destination Info: South African Birdlife Pilanesberg National Park Save
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