elephant eating in the kruger

One blinking little light!

Imagine this. You’re on an elephant bull sighting, nothing out of the ordinary – a young elephant bull grazing about 30 meters from you. Your guests are from Canada and the USA, they arrived a few hours earlier and you … Read More

hornbill in kruger

Walking towards freedom: Guiding in the Kruger National Park

There are two important reasons why I am still passionate about guiding in the Kruger National Park. The first is that I know that every game drive or bush walk I conduct will be different from the last one. The … Read More

zebras in the kruger

Zebras in the Kruger – Just horsing around?

Zebras are intriguing to look at, to watch and to contemplate. Their body colouration demands question. Let’s try to unravel the mystery of zebra stripes, and unwind the colour scheme to see if we can make any sense of why … Read More

lion kill in kruger

A morning walk in the Kruger

Kruger Weather (overhead) conditions: early morning mist, cloudy but lifting with a gentle south-westerly breeze, turning slightly. Walk in southerly direction from the main road (S110) wind direction is south. Approximately 100 metres further see two white rhinos – cow … Read More

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Conservation in South Africa – An ethic in conflict

Conserving ‘natural spaces’ to be natural – protecting nature and the resources she provides to us is not a new concern; it is in fact, a part of our entire human philosophical and religious history. Protecting our environment and conservation … Read More

hyena in the kruger

Guiding with feeling in the Kruger Park

Just before first light – the time of unanswered hyena whoops – just before the francolins wake and as the first lion greets dawn with shattering voice my day begins. A waking realisation that my actions today will increase my … Read More

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Looking for lions

Lions are panthers, so are leopards, jaguars and tigers. None of them can purr but they can roar! They are sometimes called the roaring cats for this reason. Panther(s) or the pantherines have voice boxes that allow them to roar … Read More

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Management, the other side of the Kruger coin

Now is the time for South African’s and the South African media to put their Saturday morning beers down, put out the braai fires and dowse their willingness to react, half cocked, to an incredibly unfortunate and horrific set of … Read More

kruger senses sunrise

Kruger senses – Tracking the spirit of safari

Dawn arrives – first news comes from the quieting of nocturnal insects, then an orange wash wipes the blackness from the eastern skies. I can see the tree-line silhouetted in front of me. Dawn is magical on the savannah, greeted … Read More

oxpeckers vampires in the kruger park

Blood, sweat and ears: Oxpecker vampires in the Kruger Park

Relationships between the animals in the Kruger are often regarded as symbiotic – mutualism, parasitism or predatory – but have we really spent time watching the outcomes of these interactions. The ant-lion and the ant, the spider-hunting wasp! Egrets and … Read More