Ranger Diaries

February 3, 2016
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Grey Elephant Turned Red

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On a blistering summers day with temperatures reaching  40 degrees Celsius, even the animals take strain. Most animals will seek shade, moisture and or mud to assist in cooling their bodies down and to get some form of protection from irritating insects.   on one such scorcher of a day, the Gondwana Elephant herd moved to the nearest […]

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January 20, 2016
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Spotted eagle owl, ‘spotted’ In broad daylight.

Owls are not often seen hunting in the daylight, they prefer to hunt at night when their vision is up to six times better than that of their prey. Most predators prefer to hunt when the sun has set, since their preys’ vision becomes impaired. A recent study concluded that owls also use sound to detect prey in […]

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December 24, 2015
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Countdown to Christmas Daily Special #1

STAY 2 and ONLY PAY FOR 1! – Book a 2 night stay between 1 May and 30 September 2016 and receive the 2nd night Free of charge #C2C1-stay2pay1.To Book email reservations@gondwanagr.co.za or call 021 555 0807 using code #C2C1-stay2pay1. T&C’s apply In the spirit of giving we have extended this special to be bookable until […]

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December 7, 2015
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Who said lions can’t climb trees?

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Lions will often climb up trees in an attempt to get away from biting or irritating flies,to get a cool breeze, to look for prey ,to get away from hyaenas or simply to steal  a leopard’s kill. However, lions usually fall out of trees rather than climb down gracefully, lacking the agility and balancing skills of leopards. By Field […]

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December 1, 2015
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Countdown to Christmas Specials!

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Countdown to Christmas daily special #03: Book TODAY to stay between 1 May and 30 September 2016 and receive an extra morning game drive free when booking Half Board Package. To Book email reservations@gondwanagr.co.za or call 021 555 0807 using code – #C2C4-GD T&C’s apply.  

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November 9, 2015
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Red chested cuckoo

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The red chested cuckoo currently contributes to the melody heard on gondwana game reserve. The distintive trisyllabic “wip-wip-weeu” call can be endlessly repeated for hours, by day and night. It’s Afrikaans name, Piet-my-vrou, is an apt rendition of this call. There are many interesting facts about this cuckoo. It generally lives in forests, closed woodlands, open […]

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October 12, 2015
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The “Rooikat” on the Road

caracal at Gondwana

On 25 August 2015, at the crack of dawn, we were slowly driving down the meandering road that would eventually lead us to the Nauga Valley. The Fynbos vegetation was growing thick and tall on both sides of the road. Suddenly the road curved to the right and as we came around a corner we spotted […]

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October 9, 2015
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Sunbird Family of Lehele Lodge

Sunbird Fledgings on Gondwana

Gondwana’s landscape comprises of open grass plains and plateaus, wetlands, rolling fynbos, renosterveld hills, riverine and sub-tropical thicket valleys and cliff faces. The array of vegetation types allows for a variety of bird species. One of the many bird species found on Gondwana is the gorgeous Malachite Sunbird. This large sunbird is found in hilly fynbos including […]

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September 29, 2015
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Why You See Earthworms After Heavy Rains (Lumbricus terrestris)

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Gondwana recently experienced heavy rains which flooded allot of the reserve. With this, allot of earthworms have made their way to the surface and can be seen on the jeep tracks.   If you pick up an earthworm you’ll feel a slimy mucus surrounding them. This mucus makes moving around in the soil a lot easier. The […]

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